The Class 4A semifinal game at Western Heights High School in Oklahoma City featured two familiar foes in the Blanchard Lions and Heritage Hall Chargers.
The two teams met each of the past three postseasons with Heritage Hall being victorious in each meeting.
In their first semifinal since 2013, the Lions ended up falling to the Chargers by the score of 37-7.
That score might be somewhat deceiving as it was a 21-7 game at halftime.
Heritage Hall struck quickly and never trailed in the game. After Blake Adams managed to find Carson Orton in the end zone on the first play of the second quarter and the extra point, Heritage Hall held a 21-0 advantage.
However, the Lions managed to find a much-needed response to the Charger explosion on offense.
Quarterback Camden Cooper dropped back and found a wide open Ronnie Brown for the long touchdown, and the Lions suddenly found themselves down by just 14.
Then the strong Blanchard defense would stand tall throughout rest of the half.
A Heritage Hall interception set the Chargers up deep in Lion territory, but the defense did not fold in what seemed like a big momentum shift.
Forcing a fourth down, the Lions recovered a fumble to keep the Chargers off the board.
It was not until after each teams' first two possessions of the second half that the game was blown open.
Heritage Hall totaled 107 yards and two touchdowns on its first two possessions of the half. Blanchard totaled negative yardage.
Up 35-7, a safety gave the Chargers their final two points of the game.
The Lions were held to under 200 yards of offense in the game. They finished with 89 yards through the air.
With the loss, the Lions finish the season with an 11-2 record. The last time they reached double-digit victories was 2013, when they reached the 3A state championship game.