EDMOND — The Oklahoma Christian School Saints fell 32-25 in overtime to the Hartshorne Miners at home Friday night in the third round of the Class 2A playoffs.
The defending 2A champion Saints came out from halftime with an 18-12 lead and promptly extended that lead with an interception on Miners quarterback Dylan Pingleton that led to an OCS touchdown, putting the score 25-12.
The lead would not be enough as Hartshorne used a pounding rushing attack and timely passes to put up a score in both the third and fourth quarters. A pivotal play came after the Miners' fourth-quarter touchdown, when the Saints' Evan Welch blocked the extra-point attempt, preserving the 25-25 tie.
Oklahoma Christian marched down the field as time ticked away, but was stopped at about the 25-yard line. Saints kicker Jack Markmiller came on for the field goal attempt, but the kick was blocked and rebounded into the arms of Markmiller, who was then swarmed by the Hartshorne defense.
The Miners got off one running play that went nowhere before time expired in regulation. The game entered overtime, in which both teams get four downs from the 10-yard line.
Hartshorne got the ball to start OT, and scored on their first play, a pass from Pingleton to a wide-open Trey Medicine Bear.
On the Saints' first play in OT, Luke Frankfurt came around the left side and made good yardage before he was brought down at about the 3-yard line.
On the next play, the ball hit the turf and Hartshorne recovered, giving the Miners a 32-25 win and a ticket to the Class 2A semifinals.
OCS topped Chisholm 35-7 and Lindsay 38-16 to make the quarterfinals; they finish 9-4. Hartshorne defeated Stroud and Commerce; they stand at 11-2 and will play Millwood next week.