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November 24th, 2020

turpin cards tackleThree Turpin defenders converge on Waukomis runner Wyatt Felber Friday in the first round of the Oklahoma playoffs.The Cardinal defense helped Turpin build a first half lead before Waukomis rallied to within one score in the second half before Turpin put the game out of reach for a 54-30 win. L&T photo/Earl WattEARL WATT • Leader & Times


TURPIN — Turpin jumped out to a 30-8 lead in the opening round of the Oklahoma playoffs Friday against Waukomis, but after the Chiefs cut the lead to 38-30, the Cardinals hit two big plays to secure the 54-30 win and advance to the second round.

Turpin scored two touchdowns on the first two possessions of the game including a 61-yard run from quarterback Riley Ratzlaff.

Waukomis responded with a 10-play, 56-yard rive that ended with a five-yard run for a touchdown by quarterback Ricky Woodruff to cut the lead to 16-8.

But the Cardinals responded with a five-play, 63-yard touchdown drive that ended with Ratzlaff breaking free down the left sideline for a 29-yard touchdown run and a 24-8 lead.

Turpin added one more score late in the first half when Ratzlaff faked a run then fired a pass deep downfield to a wide open Bresson Edelon who caught the ball and ran to the end zone for a 66-yard touchdown reception, and the Cardinals had a 30-8 lead.

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But Waukomis took the second half kick-off and marched down the field on a 10-play, 65-yard drive that ended with a seven-yard touchdown run by Woodruff, and Turpin’s lead was cut to 30-16.

But the Cardinals continued to answer, and they only needed six plays to move the ball 60 yards including a 40-yard touchdown run by Ratzlaff, and the Cardinals pushed the lead to 38-14.

The Chiefs then pushed the ball into the end zone with a 50-yard, eight-play drive that included a one-yard dive into the end zone by Woodruff, and the Chiefs were back within two scores, 38-22.

For the first time, the Turpin offense struggled two a three-and-out, and after being lined up for a punt, the Cardinals attempted a fake. But the snap was not handled cleanly, and the Cardinals could not pick up the yards for a first down.

Waukomis took over at the Cardinal 45 yard line and needed six plays to reach the end zone with a 10-yard run by Maven Burroughs, and the Chiefs were only down by one touchdown, 38-30 with 7:02 to play in the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals started the next possession at their own 20 yard line, but Ratzlaff quickly pushed the ball to midfield with a 23-yard run.

Turpin moved the ball inside the Chief 39 yard line, but a chip block penalty pushed the ball back to the Cardinal 47 yard line where Turpin faced a second-and-21.

Ratzlaff dropped back for a pass and sent the ball downfield to Edelon who was being trailed by two Chief defenders. Edelon made the catch on the run and was tackled at the 5 yard line.

Ratzlaff needed two plays to rush for the final five yards, and the Cardinals went took a 46-30 lead.

After a defensive stop, the Cardinals added one more touchdown in the final two minuted with a 34-yard run by Dakota Wills, and the Cardinals earned the 54-30 win.

“A lot of things were ugly, especially defensively-our tackling” Turpin coach Justin Hannah said. “We played very poorly against the run. We played too high, tackled too high, and took on blocks too high.”

Turpin will travel to Ringwood Friday. Turpin defeated Ringwood 52-30 Oct. 2.

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