SEMINOLE – Despite a 21-7 lead at halftime, the Seminole Chieftains were unable to muster any points in the second half, losing 22-21 to Stigler Friday evening.
“We couldn’t move the ball the second half and couldn’t get our defense off the field,” Coach Mike Snyder said. “We had some interceptions but we just couldn’t get a first down on offense. We had so many chances to win that game. It’s no one’s fault but our own.”
Stigler took the lead with 13 seconds left in the game on a Nate Bryant touchdown pass. He converted the two-point conversion and gave the Panthers the victory.
Cameron Gunville scored the first touchdown of the game from one-yard out. Jaxon Smith converted the extra point and the Chieftains led 7-0 with 6:49 remaining in the first quarter.
On Seminole’s second series on defense, Thunder Lena intercepted Bryant, setting the Chieftains up with ideal field position.
With 11:23 left in the first half, Cade Hammond found Easton Wurtz for a 17-yard score. The extra point failed and Seminole led 13-0.
Stigler got on the board on the next series with a three-yard run by Bryant. After a converted extra point, the Panthers trailed 13-7 with 5:50 left on the first half clock.
On the ensuing Seminole drive, Gunville took a handoff and scored from 49 yards out. Hunter Wurtz converted the two-point conversion and the Chieftains led 21-7.
A Justin Hamilton
interception prevented Stigler from scoring before the half.
Stigler picked up the pace in the second half, as Bryant hooked up with Braden Drewry on a three-yard touchdown. After a made extra point, Stigler trailed 21-14.
A Cade Hammond fumble gave Stigler ideal field position, but Kaiden Johnson intercepted Bryant giving Seminole the ball back right before the end of the third quarter.
With less than a minute on the clock, Bryant converted a fourth and long, giving the Panthers a second chance at taking the lead, but Gunville intercepted Bryant on the next play.
The Chieftains were unable to get a first down and were forced to punt from the end zone.
The Panthers went on to score and secure the victory.
Gunville led the Chieftains with 143 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 33 carries. He had 118 yards in the first half. On the season, Gunville has an area-leading 1,433 yards and 19 touchdowns
Hammond completed 10 of 13 passes for 152 yards with one touchdown and an interception. He also carried the ball twice for 13 yards. The senior quarterback has tallied 800 yards and 11 touchdowns so far this season.
Saybion Battles led the Chieftains in receiving with 70 yards on three receptions. His 50-yard reception was the longest play of the game.
Easton Wurtz contributed three receptions for 31 yards and a score.
Jared Steward, Mark Beauford and Lena all recorded sacks in the loss.
Seminole (5-2, 2-2) will travel to Checotah (5-2, 3-1) Oct. 18 for a Thursday night tilt. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.