ANADARKO — Seminole’s scenario for the first round of the Class 3A playoffs didn’t look good.
The Chieftains, third-place finishers in District 3A-4, had to hit the road against District 3A-3 runner-up Anadarko.
And Mike Snyder’s squad had to do so without starting quarterback Cade Hammond due to a concussion protocol.
Seminole’s defense rose to the challenge, forcing five turnovers while knocking off Anadarko 8-6.
Down 6-0 with 11:08 left in the game, junior Mark Beauford claimed Seminole’s first interception of the game— off a tight-end screen — and rambled 25 yards into the end zone for a touchdown. Cameron Gunville then converted the 2-point conversion run on a power play to make it 8-6.
Anadarko proceeded to drive to Seminole’s 8-yard line, only to see Chico Baker pilfer a third-down pass in the end zone.
Seminole’s offense couldn’t move the ball but Gunville unloaded a 60-yard punt, then moments later intercepted a third-down pass in Anadarko territory to seal the victory.
The Chieftains, who replaced Hammond at QB with the trio of Hunter Wertz, Baker and Gunville, rushed for 86 yards on 35 carries. Jamon Dennis led the way with 46 yards on 13 carries.
Seminole threw just nine passes, completing one for five yards.
Anadarko had 236 yards of total offense, including 137 rushing on 38 attempts.
Anadarko also lost two fumbles.
The Chieftains ran their record to 8-3. Anadarko finishes the season at 8-3.
Seminole will hit the road again Friday night versus Oklahoma Christian, a first-round victor over Little Axe. Oklahoma Christian is 9-2.