David Cornwell's 35-yard touchdown pass with 33 seconds left in the first half turned out as the game-winner Friday night, and Jones trimmed Sequoyah-Claremore 10-3 in a Class 3A state football quarterfinal in Claremore.
Jones (11-2) will play Blanchard (11-1) in a semifinal next week. The game site and date will be announced this weekend by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.
Jones and Blanchard played a District 3A-1 game on Oct. 12. Blanchard edged the Longhorns 28-25 at Jones.
Cornwell avoided heavy pressure and found Randal Case for the winning touchdown. Nathan Lee's point-after kick made it 10-3.
Lee had given the Longhorns a 3-0 lead on their first possession with a 33-yard field goal. Sequoyah-Claremore answered with 7:28 left in the second quarter on Chance Schultz's 22-yard field goal.
Jones' defense delivered a big stop with five minutes left in the game. Sequoyah-Claremore was at Jones' 38 when it failed to convert on a fourth-and-5 play. Jones defensive end Logan Hinkston then fell on a fumble at the Eagles' 40 with 2:22 to play. The Longhorns milked the rest of the clock to clinch the win.
VIAN ADVANCES TO SEMIFINALS
Top-ranked Vian remained unbeaten with a 43-13 rout of two-time Class 2A defending state champion Hennessey. Rowdy Simon led Vian (13-0) with 135 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. He was complemented by quarterback Landon Decker, who was 5 of 8 for 102 yards and two touchdowns passing. Tre Locust had 99 receiving yards for the victor.
Hennessey (10-3) led 7-0 early on Dylan Hatchel's 4-yard TD pass to Carlos Torres. Vian took over from there and rolled up 427 total yards.
“I never doubted these guys one bit,” Vian coach Brandon Tyler said. “There's a reason we put 43 points on the board. They're winners. We had some other chances to blow this thing out that we didn't take advantage of but bottom line is, we're going to the semifinals.”
Hennessey coach Rick Luetjen credited the speed in Vian's offense for making the difference.
“They've got a hell of a football team with a great chance to win it, and I hope they do,” he said.
The Frederick Bombers dominated all the way around and whipped visiting Commerce 42-0 in a Class 2A quarterfinal. Quarterback Blake Cotton passed for three touchdowns, including two scoring tosses to Jessie Webb. The Bombers' receiver caught five balls for 116 yards. Running back Trey Booker added 64 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
The Frederick defense was tough. Commerce (11-2) managed just 78 total yards of offense. Frederick (13-0) forced four turnovers.
FORGAN SCORES LATE
Kameron Hall caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Dalton Lemieux with 35 seconds left in the game Friday night, and Forgan edged Cherokee 24-20 in a Class C semifinal at Woodward High School. Cherokee (12-1) kept it close, though, when sophomore Tanner Bowman scored on a 60-yard run. Bowman finished the game with 184 yards and two touchdowns over 27 carries.
Forgan improved to 12-0. The Bulldogs will play No. 1-ranked Tipton, which defeated Sharon-Mutual 28-20 Friday night in the other semifinal. The day and site of the state championship game will be announced this weekend.
HOW THEY FARED
How the No. 1-ranked football teams fared through Week 3 of the playoffs:
No. 1 Tulsa Union (10-3) lost to No. 2 Jenks (11-2), 41-10
No. 1 Tulsa East Central (9-4) defeated No. 9 McAlester (8-5), 26-14
No. 1 Wagoner (11-2) lost to No. 3 Anadarko (13-0), 24-14
No. 1 Kingfisher (13-0) defeated unranked Stigler (10-3), 41-12
No. 1 Vian (13-0) defeated No. 6 Hennessey (10-3), 43-13
No. 1 Wynnewood (12-0) defeated No. 3 Thomas (11-1), 42-21
No. 1 Laverne (13-0) defeated No. 8 Rejoice Christian (11-2), 48-8
No. 1 Tipton (13-0) defeated No. 4 Sharon-Mutual (11-2), 28-20