Tecumseh Savages ends season with road loss

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The Savages went to Blanchard last Thursday night and played hard all night, but a four-minute stretch in the second quarter put them in a hole they couldn’t get out of.

After the Savages failed to get into the opening possession of the game, the Lions wasted no time getting into the end zone. Blanchard quarterback Carson Cooksey scored on a four-yard run. The Lions went for two points and made it, and Blanchard led 8-0 with 5:53 left in the first quarter.

The Savages turned the ball over on their next possession on an interception, but Tecumseh’s defense got the ball back by forcing a fumble from Blanchard.

Tecumseh quickly took advantage of the takeaway, with Garrett Chaffin ending the drive with a one-yard dive into the end zone. The two-point conversion didn’t go well for the Savages, and the T-Town boys cut the Lions’ lead to 8-6 at 9:13 into the second quarter.

Then the bottom fell for the Savages as Blanchard scored three touchdowns before halftime, the first scoring being an immediate response to Tecumseh’s TD. A three-yard touchdown by Lions’ Brayson Carter gave Blanchard a 14-6 lead as the PAT was no good with 5:38 left in the second quarter.

Tecumseh was forced to throw on his next possession, and the Lions scored quickly again, this time on a 50-yard bomb from Cooksey to Reagan Palmer. The extra point was good and the Savages trailed 21-6 but were still in the game with 2:47 left in the second quarter.

Tecumseh’s next possession buried the Savages deeper in the hole as Blanchard clawed the ball back, and the Lions’ Carter returned it for 32 yards for a touchdown. The kick was true, and the Savages’ chances had narrowed for a comeback behind 28-6 before halftime.

Blanchard kicked off the second half and dashed any hope Savage fans had of a comeback chance as the Lions scored less than two minutes into the second half. The Lions’ second touchdown pass, this time a 38-yard pass from Cooksey to Jaxon Laminack, sealed the victory for Blanchard. The extra point was good and the home team led 35-6.

Even with the game out of control, the Savages never gave up and kept playing as long as there was time on the clock. It turns out that both teams took turns scoring touchdowns, with each possession ending in a scored drive.

After Blanchard scored on the first drive of the third quarter, the Savages scored on Tecumseh’s ensuing possession. Chaffin notched his second touchdown of the night with a two-yard run with 3:45 left in the third quarter. The two-point conversion attempt was not good, and the Savages led 35-12 with perhaps some hope.

Savage’s hope was short-lived as Blanchard responded immediately with another big touchdown pass. Cooksey found Laminack, this time for 54 yards for the score. The two-point attempt failed and Blanchard led 41-12 at the end of the third quarter.

With a huge deficit, the Savages fought on and were able to respond to the TD Lion as Dom Frizzell shoved his way in for a four-yard run to pay the dirt. The PAT was stalled as the Savages cut the Lion’s lead to 41-18.

The Lions took advantage of their next possession to take time on the clock and put the last points on the scoreboard. Blanchard used 8:28 of the clock before Cooksey threw his fourth TD pass of the night, this time to Keller Tippitt, covering 25 yards to the goal line. The extra point was good and Blanchard took the win 48-18.

The Savages finished the season with a 5-5 overall record and finished in 5th place in District 4A-2 with a 3-4 record. Blanchard finished second in the district and will play a first round game at home on Friday night. Tuttle is the 4A-2 district champion and is followed in the playoffs by Blanchard, Bethany and Newcastle.

The Todd Colburn Oklahoma Farm Bureau Game MVP for the final game of the season is Marquan Krush for outstanding defensive play against the Lions.

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