BRISTOW – With a punishing ground game and a defense that limited Sequoyah’s passing effectiveness, the Bristow Purple Pirates pulled out a 28-14 victory over the Eagles in Class 3A playoff football Friday night at Hafer Field.

Quarterback Tyler Wayland ran for 148 yards and bruising junior Devin Reed added 133 more, leading the Pirates to 373 yards of total offense and a berth at Idabel in the second round.

Sequoyah quarterbacks Tristan Diaz and Nathan Stritzke combined to complete 20-of-26 passes en route to 327 yards offense, but it wasn’t enough to stop Bristow (9-2). The Eagles finished the year 7-4.

Sequoyah still had a chance with a late drive that reached the Pirates’ 19. But on fourth and six, Diaz was sacked for a nine-yard loss by linebacker Anthony Bigpond with 2:19 remaining.

The Eagles trailed 28-6 before driving 83 yards in seven plays to get a seven-yard touchdown pass from Diaz to tight end Bryce Blue on the second play of the final period. Stritzke passed to Diaz for the two extra points and Sequoyah was still in business with 11:06 to play.

Bristow took the ensuing kickoff and moved to the Eagles’ two-yard line before fumbling the ball away. That led to the final futile drive that ended with Diaz’s fateful sack.

The Pirates scored twice in the third quarter to break the game open. The third straight seven-play scoring drive climaxed with Reed’s 11-yard TD at 8:47. Junior Mason Hassell then came up a yard short on a fourth down carry to Bristow’s 20, leading to a 68-yard touchdown run by D.J. Overstreet and a 28-6 lead with 2:04 left in the third period.

Sequoyah scored on its opening drive of the game, losing ace running back Miguel Fulgencio after just two carries. Still recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury, Fulgencio left the game for good with his team at the Bristow eight-yard line.

On the following play, Diaz found Colin Tucker on a flair pass and the senior scampered into the end zone. Wyatt Townsend’s extra point attempt failed, but the Eagles led 6-0.

Bristow covered 96 yards in seven plays to take a 7-6 advantage midway in the second quarter. Wayland kept nine yards around the left side to score and sophomore Patrick Lupp booted the Pirates ahead.

The next time the home team touched the ball, an 86-yard series led to Reed’s three-yard touchdown run and a 14-6 lead.

Junior Daike Cummings caught seven passes for 109 yards in igniting Seqouyah’s aerial attack. Diaz fired a 51-yard strike to Cummings late in the third period, reaching the Bristow 12 and setting up Diaz’s touchdown throw to Blue.

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