Ringling saw their football season come to an end Friday night as the Hooker Bulldogs captured a 23-6 victory over the Blue Devils in the second round of the Oklahoma Class A playoffs played at Rick Gandy Field.

Ringling saw their football season come to an end Friday night as the Hooker Bulldogs captured a 23-6 victory over the Blue Devils in the second round of the Oklahoma Class A playoffs played at Rick Gandy Field. 

Ringling, ranked No. 7 in Class A, finished their season at 9-2 and the district champs of District A-3. 

Hooker, the district runner-up in District A-1, improved to 11-1 and will head to week three of the playoffs.

Ringling got on the board first. 

DeWyatt Cox scored on a 4-yard run with 5:59 left in the first quarter to give the Blue Devils a 6-0 lead.

But Hooker struck quickly when quarterback Donavan Yarbrough hit Karder Neville with a 43-yard touchdown pass 90 seconds later to put the Bulldogs up 8-6. It would be a lead they would not relinquish.

“We scored early and had the early momentum, but after that we had too many penalties in key situations that hurt us offensively,” Ringling coach Steve Justus said. “We had some injuries to some key people down the stretch that hurt us. Both of those issues challenged us against Hooker.”

“They (Hooker) are a better team than many people gave them credit for,” Justus added. 

“It is hard to gauge from game film how good a team is. They were a quality opponent that showed us some things we had not seen on film. And all of those factors added up.”

Early in the third quarter, Hooker padded their lead when Yarbrough hit Dawson Metcalf with a 25-yard scoring pass that gave the Bulldogs a 15-6 lead.

Hooker finished with a 202-178 edge in offensive yards. 

The Bulldogs were about 50-50 in runs to passes yardage. 

The Blue Devils had 45 carries for 116 yards on the ground and had 62 passing yards.

With 4:26 left in the fourth, Hooker scored on a 2-yard run by Tanner McBee for another insurance touchdown.

“One bright spot for this Ringling team is that we only had four seniors, and it means the Blue Devils will be pretty solid the next few years,” Justus said.

“We have a lot of juniors, sophomore and freshmen that had significant playing time this season. And that should have given them plenty of experience and success to help us as we prepare for next season.”