But when Dawson Bassett intercepted a Newton pass and returned it 55 yards, all of a sudden it was 14-14 midway through the second quarter and Tuttle had all the momentum.
Kingfisher answered right back. Passes by Newton of 41 yards to Jake Blair and 35 yards to Keaton Ely set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Nault. On Kingfisher's final series of the half, on successive plays, Nault scooted 38 yards to the Tuttle 39, then threw a touchdown pass on a halfback option play to Ely, making it 28-14.
“We've been working on that this week,” Nault said of the option pass. “We put that in this week and we decided to go for it and it worked out well.”
Tuttle reached the Kingfisher 24 on the first drive of the second half, but lost the ball on downs. The Tigers made it to the Kingfisher 42 midway through the fourth quarter, but successive sacks of Cooper Koons by the Yellow Jackets ended that threat. Kingfisher sealed the win on a 1-yard touchdown run by Nault with 1:50 left.
The Yellow Jackets will host Stigler next week in the quarterfinals.
“Our line played awesome the entire game and dominated the line of scrimmage,” Newton said. “Without them, none of our lanes would have been open and those yards wouldn't have been possible.”
Koons completed 17-of-36 passes for 223 yards for Tuttle.