And then, there were two.
Wagoner and Vian are the remaining area teams still alive in the prep football playoffs following round two’s completion this weekend.
No. 5 Wagoner upset No. 1 Bethany, trailing 14-7 early in the fourth quarter and rallying with two touchdowns in the final 3:21 to win 21-14.
Braden Drake scored both, one on a 29-yard run and the finale with a 43-yarder with 1:25 to play.
Drake finished with 115 yards on 14 carries.
The Bulldogs (10-2) will take on Poteau (11-1) in a 7 p.m. semifinal at Jenks High School. There was some speculation late Friday that the game might be at a more centralized location such as Doc Wadley Stadium in Tahlequah or perhaps Indian Bowl but Wagoner head coach Dale Condict said the location was decided by the OSSAA ahead of time due to logistics over location commitments over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Poteau is coached by Greg Werner, who led Hilldale last year and was Poteau’s coach when they reached the finals in 2013. The Pirates won District 4A-4. Wagoner defensive coordinator Ryan Keenom coached at Hilldale with Werner.
The winner will face the survivor of the other semifinal between No. 6 Weatherford (10-2), champions of 4A-1, and No. 3 Tuttle (11-1), runner-up to Bethany in 4A-2, at 1 p.m. Friday at Noble. The championship game will be Friday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
Vian (11-1), meanwhile, will meet Adair in a 7:30 p.m. rematch of last year’s 2A quarterfinal played at Vian and won by the visiting Warriors, 38-27. Vian hurt itself with five turnovers.
The No. 4 Wolverines advanced with a convincing 47-16 win over No. 8 Millwood, scoring the first 47 points in a little over three quarters.
Fifth-ranked Adair (11-1) was runner-up in 2A-4, its only loss coming to No. 1 Metro Christian. Vian’s lone loss is to 3A No. 2 Lincoln Christian.
The Vian-Adair winner will meet the victor of 10th-ranked Kingston (11-1) and No. 2 Sperry (12-0) in the semifinals at a neutral site. That quarterfinal is set for Kingston.