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High school football: Washington slips past Purcell 15-13 thanks to 3rd-quarter safety

BY TREY HUNTER, For The Oklahoman Published: September 13, 2013
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photo - Washington quarterback Brock Harmon tries to slip the tackle by Purcell's Colby Lindsey in high school football on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 in Washington, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Washington quarterback Brock Harmon tries to slip the tackle by Purcell's Colby Lindsey in high school football on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 in Washington, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

WASHINGTON — A third-quarter safety proved to be the difference in Washington's 15-13 victory over Purcell on Saturday night.

The Warriors and Dragons played to a stalemate in the first quarter, ending the period tied 0-0.

Washington got on the scoreboard early in the second period, though, as Luke Ladlee capped a 49-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run.

But Purcell would answer on the following drive.

The Dragons used eight plays to drive 76 yards. Dominique Gavia capped the march, and tied the game, with an 8-yard run.

Purcell forced Washington to punt during the opening drive of the second half. But after Washington's Javier Pacheco pinned the Dragons inside their own 10-yard line the Warriors' Caleb Beller and Jarod Andrews pulled Purcell quarterback Drew Rolin down in the end zone for a safety and a 9-7 lead.

Purcell forced Washington to punt on the following drive, but the Dragons turned the ball over again on their next possession.

Washington's Brock Harmon picked off Rolin and returned the ball to the Purcell five-yard line. Two plays later Brady Kulbeth rushed for a five-yard score. The Warriors lead was 15-7 after a missed PAT.

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