Upsets are generally par for the course when the playoffs come around.

Upsets are generally par for the course when the playoffs come around.

This was a hard lesson the No. 4 Ringling Blue Devils learned Friday night.

Unranked Christian Heritage managed to score a late fourth quarter touchdown to stun the previously unbeaten Blue Devils 28-22 at Rick Gandy Memorial Stadium, in the opening round of the Class A playoffs. 

It was the Crusaders scoring first with just over five minutes to go in the opening quarter as Zach Hale scored a two-yard rushing touchdown to make it 6-0 after the missed extra point, which was blocked by Duchaine Paul. 

Neither team scored in the second quarter, but the offense picked up in the third quarter.

Ringling tied the game with a seven yard rushing touchdown from Marshall Howell, before Paul added the extra point to put the Blue Devils up 7-6. 

Christian Heritage didn’t need long to regain the advantage as the Crusaders went ahead thanks to a 32-yard touchdown pass from Hale, before the two-point conversion made it 14-7. 

Early in the fourth quarter, Ringling managed to tie the game at 14-14.

Travis Wade scored on a 19-yard rushing touchdown, before Paul added the extra point.

After Ringling recovered a Crusaders fumble on the ensuing possession, the Blue Devils appeared to have taken the lead thanks to a touchdown run by Paul.

Unfortunately, the score was wiped off the board thanks to a block in the back call against Ringling.

With just over six minutes left in regulation, Hale struck again for the Crusaders as he scored a 12-yard rushing touchdown before converting the two-point conversion to make it 22-14.

With just under five minutes to go, Ringling fought back once again, this time with a one-yard plunge from Blue Devils quarterback Sam Vanbuskirk to make it a 22-20 game.

Vanbuskirk then converted the two-point conversion to Coty Scott to tie the game at 22-22.

But, with less than a minute to go the Crusaders broke Ringling’s hearts with a three-yard touchdown pass, before the two-point conversion failed. 

Christian Heritage would record and interception on the ensuing Blue Devils drive to end the game and Ringling’s season at 10-1 overall.  

Tyrone 52
Fox 6

It was a rough night for Fox in the opening round of the Class C playoffs, as the Foxes were defeated by the Tyrone Bobcats at the Fox Den, ending their season at 7-4 overall.

Neither team scored in the first quarter, but the Bobcats opened the scoring with a rushing touchdown in the second quarter followed by a successful two-point conversion. 

Moments later Tyrone increased its lead to 16-0, which is where the score remained at halftime. 

Tyrone quickly scored two more times following the break to lead 32-0, before ending the third quarter up 38-0.

No statistical information was available for Fox as of press time.  

Millwood 48
Dickson 6 

The Dickson Comets made their return to the playoffs for the first time since 2005 Friday night.

Unfortunately, they were given a rude welcome back to the postseason, as No. 1 Millwood earned a comfortable victory in Oklahoma City at Falcon Stadium.

Dickson ended its season at 5-6 overall, while the Falcons improved to 11-0 on the year.