DAVIS — Davis quarterback Briston Summers had 24 carries for 187 yards and scored five touchdowns to help lead the Wolves to a 41-27 victory over the Christian Heritage Crusaders Friday night at Wolf Field in second-round action in the Class 2A football playoffs.
Davis advances to the quarterfinal round and will travel to Tulsa to take on the Victory Christian Conquerors, a 19-13 winner over Okemah.
Davis’ Blake Neal set the tone for the contest by taking the game’s kickoff at the one-yard line and returning it all the way down the sideline 99 yards for a touchdown for a 7-0 Wolf lead.
That proved to be a key ingredient in the Davis win because the Crusaders spent the next three quarters working to fight from behind.
Christian Heritage (8-4) moved to the Wolves 15-yard line on its initial possession only to have an attempted 32-yard field goal blocked by the Davis defense.
The Wolves (9-2) took nine plays to move 80 yards for their second touchdown with Summers scoring on a13-yard keeper play around left end to make it 13-0.
“That kickoff return by Blake was big for us,” Summers said. “It gave us the lead right from the start. Getting a lead like that can be a big thing against a good team like Christian Heritage.”
The Crusaders got on the scoreboard on the first play of the second quarter when quarterback Camden Gargill hit Clay Buchanan on a post pattern that Buchanan on a post pattern that Buchanan turned into a 23-yard touchdown.
Not to be outdone, the Wolves needed just two minutes to score their third touchdown. The Davis drive began at their own 31-yard line. On the fourth play of the possession, Summers skirted left end, reversed field, and raced 54 yards for a score that had the Wolves up 20-6.
“In the first half, they did some things we had not prepared for,” Davis coach Jody Weber said. “We focused a lot at halftime on our defense and how we would adjust to their plans. The players made some adjustments on their own, but we did a much better job in the second half slowing them down.”
Christian Heritage took the second-half kickoff and marched 53 yards in 11 plays to tie the game with 7 minutes left in the third. Cargill hit Hale with a 5-yard scoring pass to cap the drive.
But the Davis wishbone started to wear down the Christian Heritage defense.
The Wolves drove 89 yards in 11 plays and retook the lead 27-20 when Summers scored on a 5-yard keeper play early in the fourth.
The Wolves’ defense again came up big.
A long pass down the sideline from Cargill was picked off by strong safety Jordan Thomas at midfield.
Eight plays later, Summers ran from two yards out for a 34-20 Wolves lead.
“That interception was absolutely huge for us,” Weber said. “We had re-grouped from their score to go back ahead. And then we turned the momentum all around when Jordan drifted over and picked that pass. After giving up the early touchdown in the third our defense did a solid job of keeping them out of the end zone the rest of the game.”