EUFAULA – The Vian Wolverines got by the Eufaula Ironheads 33-14 Friday night at Paul Bell Stadium in Eufaula, to move on to the second round of the OSSAA Class 2A playoffs.
After stopping the Ironheads on their opening drive, the Wolverines started their first possession of the night just two yards shy of midfield.
With a steady running attack that took eight minutes off the clock Masyn Wright plunged 1 yard into the end zone for the game’s opening score.
Three minutes into the second quarter the Ironheads got on the board with a 9-yard touchdown toss from Dacen Hunter to Kaden Rice in the left corner of the end zone to tie the score at 7 all.
Later in the quarter, a Wright interception at midfield, led to a touchdown when he hit his tight end Tristan Wiley who broke loose over the middle for another Wolverines score, and give Vian a 14-7 lead with 2:16 remaining in the half.
Eufaula attempted an on-side kick to open the second half, but after a scramble the Wolverines recovered the ball to start their drive around mid-field.
Draighton Fletcher took advantage of the short field with a 40-yard run into the end zone. A two-point extra point failed and Vian was beginning to pull away 20-7.
The Wolverines added another score with a Wright to Nathan Creasy toss that was good for a 30-yard touchdown and a 27-7 lead.
Eufaula wasted no time getting that 7 points back when Maddox Bridges returned the Kaden Fullbright kickoff 75 yards to the house to get Eufaula back to within two scores 27-14 with 8:23 still remaining in the game.
Shortly thereafter Bridges mishandled a Vian punt giving the ball back to the Wolverines on the Ironhead 17 yard line. Wright wasted no time, when on the very next play, he took the ball into the end zone for a Vian score and a 33-14 lead with 6:25 left on the clock.
Another outstanding Bridges kickoff return took the ball down to the Vian 20, but the Ironhead drive stalled, and Eufaula turned the ball over on downs, and from there it was all Wolverines running down the clock for the 33-14 win.
The Wolverines will travel to Adair (8-3) next week to take on the Warriors in the second round of the 2023 OSSAA 4A playoffs.