TUTTLE â€” Kingfisher didn't score a point in the second half against Tuttle. Turned out it didn't need to, as the Yellow Jacket defense stuffed Tuttle on every big play to preserve a 14-8 victory in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs Friday night at Bill Hinkle Field.
The biggest stop came with three minutes left in the game. Trailing 14-8, Tuttle faced fourth and 2 on the Kingfisher 8-yard line. The Yellow Jackets forced quarterback Tanner Koons out of the pocket and his desperation pass fell incomplete in the end zone.
From there, Kingfisher quarterback Derek Patterson was able to earn a first down to run out the clock.
â€œHat's off to our defense,â€ coach Jeff Myers said. â€œTo hold them on three fourth-down plays tonight, that's huge for us.â€
Myers expected a physical game, and counted on his offense to make the difference.
â€œWe knew it was going to be a defensive struggle tonight,â€ he said. â€œWe also knew that if we played solid defense and didn't give up a big play, our offense would move the ball.â€
To do that, Myers turned to senior quarterback Derek Patterson, who finished with Kingfisher's two touchdowns to go with 224 all-purpose yards.
â€œI told him before the game that it would be won or lost because of him,â€ Myers said.
From the game's opening kick, Patterson fed off the energy of the Tuttle crowd.
â€œI like playing in hostile environments, and it's fun to go on the road and win,â€ he said. â€œWhen we came out and moved the ball well on our first possession, that gave us momentum for the rest of the game.â€
Kingfisher (9-3) advances to face Beggs in the quarterfinals next week after Beggs defeated Verdigris 55-24 on Friday. Tuttle ended the season 7-4.