Barnsdall High School fell less than a minute shy last Thursday of what would have been its second mega-win of 2018 on the gridiron (the first was its 36-33 comeback win over Hominy).


With 56 seconds left on the clock Thursday, unbeaten Pawnee scored a touchdown and two-point conversion to narrowly avoid the upset, 24-20.


Barnsdall had led, 20-16, most of the second half.


The loss hampers Barnsdall’s hopes to get to the playoffs. All the Panthers can do is to win out — against Tonkawa and Woodland — and see where they are in the game of playoff chairs when the music stops in the brutal District A-5 wars.


Quarterback Joe Cole snapped off a 64-yard touchdown run and also passed for 160 yards to fuel the Barnsdall attack. He finished with 95 yards on the ground, two passing touchdowns and two interceptions.


Michael Marin rumbled for 115 yards on 20 carries, and snagged a Cole aerial for a 33-yard touchdown.


Braden Kelley hauled in a reception and turned it into a 45-yard touchdown.


The difference in the game was that Pawnee converted all three of its two-point conversions and Barnsdall cashed in on just one, Barnsdall head coach Kylee Sweeney said.


On the defensive side, Keegan Marin recovered a Pawnee fumble.


Barnsdall also recovered two onside kicks — one of them setting up a touchdown.


But, the Panthers also squandered two red zone chances.


Overall, “I thought the kids played well,” Sweeney said, against one of the district’s elite powers in Pawnee (7-0, 5-0). The loss was the second straight heartbreaker for the Panthers, who also lost 24-22 on Oct. 11 to Morrison.


Next up, Barnsdall (5-3, 2-3) hits the road Friday for Tonkawa, which is also 5-3. Tonkawa is coming off a 30-14 loss to Morrison.