Panama won its first playoff game in seven years while Talihina stayed undefeated, and Poteau and Spiro were eliminated in first-round playoff games on Friday.
Panama broke a fourth-quarter tie with a pair of touchdowns to win at Chandler, 35-21, Talihina romped past Quapaw, 58-0, Oologah downed Poteau, 42-0, and top-ranked Locust Grove was too much for Spiro, 48-0.
Andy Burris scored three touchdowns and Gabe Harp added two more in Panama’s win, the Razorbacks’ first postseason victory since a 45-38 win over Afton in 2007.
Less than a minute after Chandler tied the score at 21 in the fourth quarter, Burris scored on a 24-yard run with 6:40 left to put Panama ahead 28-21 with 6:40 left.
After a Chandler turnover, Harp scored on a 17-yard run with 5:36 left to give the Razorbacks a two-score advantage.
Harp caught a short pass from Burris to put Panama ahead early. In the second quarter, Burris scored on a 2-yard run to put Panama ahead 14-7. The score was tied at 14 until the fourth quarter when Burris scored on a 4-yard run.
Panama improves to 8-3 and will take on undefeated Adair in the second round. Adair defeated Commerce, 62-0, in another first-round game on Friday.
Talihina improved to 10-0 with the win over Quapaw. The Golden Tigers led 24-0 at the end of the first quarter and led 58-0 at the half.
Talihina will host Morrison in the second round on Friday. Morrison, 9-2, defeated Okeene 36-7. Talihina and Morrison had one common opponent this year, 2A power Christian Heritage. The Tigers won on the road, 42-28, while Christian Heritage defeated Morrison, 54-26.
Poteau’s hopes of making another deep run in the playoffs ended as Oologah scored a 42-0 win over the Pirates. Poteau closes at 6-5 while Oologah advances to play Clinton in the second round.
Locust Grove, the top scoring team in the state, was held 16 points below its average, but advanced with the win over Spiro. Spiro ends its season at 7-3. Locust Grove, 11-0, will host Berryhill in the second round.