While the weather was less than ideal Friday night in Pawhuska, the No. 6 Ringling Blue Devils felt right at home on the road.
While the weather was less than ideal Friday night in Pawhuska, the No. 6 Ringling Blue Devils felt right at home on the road. Ringling totaled 439 yards of total offense as the Blue Devils shut down No. 3 Pawhuska to win 28-12 in the Class A State Quarterfinals at Ormand Beach Stadium. The victory improved the Blue Devils to 11-1 overall while the Huskies end their season at 12-2. Next up for Ringling is the Class A State Semifinals, which will take place at 7 p.m. Friday night at Noble High School, against No. 2 Rejoice Christian. “We played both sides of the ball with a lot of passion and intensity,” Ringling coach Phil Koons said. “Overall, our defense bent but managed to not break sometimes. We were fortunate to win considering we had three turnovers with 120 yards in penalties, and we were able to win by keeping the ball away from Pawhuska in the fourth quarter with some long drives.” It took a while for the Blue Devils to get going in the first quarter, but Kash Lyle found the end zone with 4:56 remaining in the opening frame, when he broke loose for a 36-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0 after the extra point from Logan Duhon. Pawhuska then did what no other team has been able to do in more than two months, score on the Blue Devils. Bryce Drummond found Kevin Davis for a three yard touchdown pass just six seconds into the second quarter, cutting the lead to 7-6 after the failed two-point conversion. There would be no more scoring in the first half as the Blue Devils took a slim 7-6 advantage into the halftime break. But the Blue Devils had an ace up their sleeve to start the second half, and it came in the form of Sam Vanbuskirk’s arm. Vanbuskirk connected with Coty Scott for a 61-yard touchdown pass, giving the Blue Devils a 15-6 lead after Ethan Johnson converted the two-point conversion. Speaking of Johnson, he helped pad the Ringling lead just a few minutes later when he scored on a 36-yard run which gave the Blue Devils a 22-6 lead after the Duhon extra point. But the Huskies wouldn’t go away quietly as the Drummond-Davis connection worked again just six seconds into the fourth quarter on a seven yard touchdown pass to make it 22-12 after the failed two-point conversion. With less than four minutes to go, Johnson sealed Ringling’s berth in the semifinals as he pushed his way in from one yard out to make it 28-12. Lyle finished the game with 27 carries for 218 yards and one touchdown while Johnson totaled 17 carries for 102 yards and two touchdowns. As a team, the Blue Devils totaled 61 carries for 378 yards while holding the Huskies to 14 carries for (-1) yards on the evening.