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Verdigris running back Caden Parnell (10) shakes off a Seminole tackler as more Chieftains close in during the first round of the Class 3A playoffs Friday night. Parnell rushed for 134 yards in the 41-33 victory.

Playing on the road in the first round against a top-five opponent with a 9-1 record wasn’t ideal, but Verdigris made the most of it.

The fourth-ranked Cardinals trailed by as many as nine points in the first half and didn’t lead until the midway point of the third quarter, but they managed to escape No. 5 Seminole with a 41-33 victory.

Verdigris will play at No. 9 Plainview — about a 3 ½-hour drive to Ardmore — in the Class 3A quarterfinals 7 p.m. Friday. The Cardinals fell to the Indians two years ago in the semifinals, 55-13.

Dylan White completed 8 of 11 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown pass to Isiak Layton, who had three grabs for 99 yards, but it was the running game that paced Verdigris past the pesky Chieftains.

Led by the trio of Caden Parnell, Matt Mittasch and Reese Roller, the Cardinals rushed for 319 yards and five scores. Roller had four of the touchdowns, finishing with 46 yards on 11 carries while Parnell had a game-high 134 yards and a score on 24 carries while Mittasch covered 108 yards on 10 touches.

White added 29 yards on six carries.

Seminole retook the lead at 27-25 less than 30 seconds into the fourth quarter, but a 17-yard touchdown run from Parnell less than two minutes later put Verdigris in front for good. Roller scored from 2 yards out at the 6:14 mark to make it a two-possession game at 39-27.

The Cardinals’ final points came on an intentional safety with 4:25 remaining.

In all, Verdigris outgained the Chieftains 452-365.

Beggs 50, Sequoyah 20: The Eagles simply couldn’t keep up with the high-powered offense of Beggs.

The fifth-ranked Golden Demons scored the game’s first 38 points, and six of their seven touchdowns came from 12 yards or more. Beggs quarterback Ayden Hamilton threw touchdown passes of 40, 12 and 62 yards with Jeremiah Olden catching the two longest, and star running back CJ Brown added scoring runs of 17 and 36 yards.

Darieon Johnson and Ryan Grayson had touchdown runs of 23 and 3 yards, respectively, while Maliek Bogard caught a 12-yard touchdown pass.

Beggs used those chunk plays to ultimately outgain Sequoyah 565-224.

The Eagles finally got on the scoreboard in the third quarter on a 29-yard pass from Landon Gilbreath to Dylan Burks, and Logan Hattaway — who also snagged an interception on defense — scored their final points on a 15-yard run in the fourth.

Beggs plays at No. 4 Vian in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday.

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