The two football teams still alive last week saw their seasons come to an end in the playoffs.
The Tuttle Tigers (Class 4A) and Alex Longhorns (Class B) entered their playoff games with 21 combined wins, but neither team picked up a victory Friday. Tuttle suffered a 16-7 loss to Weatherford in the Class 4A semifinals at Noble High School, and Alex fell 59-14 to Regent Prep at Regent Prep.
The Class 4A semifinal between defending state champion Tuttle and Weatherford featured some big plays on offense and two strong defenses. Weatherford only led Tuttle by two late in the game, but Sam Hoffman's 38-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter extended its lead.
The Eagles got on the board first, scoring on an Ethan Downs 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Tuttle seemed to have an answer after a long run from Triston Truelove set the Tigers up near the end zone. But the Eagles’ defense stood tall and forced a field-goal attempt that ended up missing.
Both defenses continued to step up throughout the first half. Weatherford kept Tuttle off of the scoreboard, but Tuttle did not allow Weatherford to gain more separation.
The Eagles held a 6-0 lead at halftime, but Tuttle seemed to have momentum on its side early in the second half.
Truelove found the end zone on a 59-yard touchdown run on Tuttle’s opening possession of the second half. The extra point gave the Tigers a 7-6 lead over the Eagles.
Truelove put together a strong performance in the semifinal game, running for 173 yards with that score. He averaged 8.2 yards per carry in the loss.
Weatherford added a field goal in the third quarter to take a 9-7 advantage.
Following Hoffman’s touchdown run in the fourth quarter, Tuttle moved down the field and got help from a 35-yard pass completion from Cole Battles to Parker Ross. But Weatherford stepped up again and kept Tuttle out of the end zone.
The Tigers finished the season with a record of 11-2.
As for Alex, the Longhorns’ loss came in the Class B quarterfinals. Alex finished the season with a 10-3 record and won double-digit games for the first time since 2015.
Alex won its district during the regular season before winning two playoff games. The Longhorns became the first team to score more than eight points against Regent Prep this season.