Varsity Football · Lions Drop Home Finale to Tuttle 35-21

35 Tuttle Tigers
21 Blanchard High School
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2 14   7
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A packed house at the Oscar Brooks Sports Complex were kept on the edge of their seats for the majority of the Blanchard-Tuttle matchup that would help decide the district champion of 4A-2. Tuttle came into the contest with an undefeated record and the Lions had one defeat at the hands of the Bethany Bronchos. A Tuttle victory would pretty much wrap up the title for the Tigers, but a Lion victory by a margin of 13 or more would put the Lions in the driver’s seat. The Lions would get the scoring started on their first drive. After Tuttle drove deep into Lion territory and Logan McKay stripped the ball loose from Tuttle QB Carson Berryhill, Bryce Madron would go the distance of 74 yards on the Lions’ third play from scrimmage and a quick 7-0 lead. Both offenses would trade punts, then on Tuttle’s third possession, facing 3rd and 11 from their own 24, Berryhill would find Paker Ross behind Chuddy Redmon, who slipped and fell on the wet field, for a quick strike of their own and the game was tied at 7. Later in the 2nd quarter, the Lions would again take the lead on a TJ Chase 8 yard pass to Jamie Nance, who set up the Lions’ offense in Tuttle territory with one of his two interceptions on the night. That lead was short lived as Coby Trevino would take the ensuing kickoff 84 yards to tie the score at 14-14. Tuttle would recover the ensuing short pooch kick and would score on a 38 yard pass with :18 seconds remaining in the half for a 21-14 lead. The second half didn’t start well for the Lions as they would turn the ball over on consecutive possessions, once by fumble and the other by interception, but the Lions defense was stout and kept the Tigers at bay until the offense could get on track. The Lions would put together an impressive nine play drive capped off by Bryce Madron’s 2 yard run to tie the score at 21. The game would go into the 4th quarter tied until Tuttle would again connect on a deep pass to set up the go ahead touchdown on a Berryhill 5 yard run and a 28-21 Tuttle lead. Blanchard would move the ball to midfield, but a mishandled snap from center on 4th and 3 would cause the Lions to turn the ball over on downs. Tuttle would find the endzone again when Tristan Truelove rambled in from 24 yards out to give the Tigers a commanding 35-21 lead. The Lions last desperation drive ended at the Tuttle 30 yard line on a 4th down pass to Bryce Madron who came up 1 yard short of a first down ending any chances of a miraculous comeback. The Lions now travel to Cushing Friday October 26th for a district game that should determine 3rd and 4th place finishers in District 4A-2.