DAVIS, OK —
Despite a huge first half from quarterback BJ Bradbury, the Adair Warriors couldn’t sustain a 13-point lead and fell — for the second year in a row — to Davis by one point in the Class 2A state quarterfinals, 28-27, Friday night.
“We’ve got to continue to find a way to close the gap,” Adair head coach Mark Lippe said. “Our program is right there on the cusp. We’ve got to have faith and paitience that we’re going to get over the hump.”
Bradbury and the Warriors (11-2) came out on fire in the first half, scoring touchdowns on their first four possessions to open a 27-14 lead at halftime.
Bradbury was 8-12 through the air in the first half for 126 yards and three scores. He also picked off two of Davis quarterback Blake Summers’ first three passes.
“We knew some things would be there, but our kids really made some big plays,” Lippe said of the Warriors’ execution.
Cody Eby scored on Adair’s first drive of the game, a 12-play, 69-yard march that ended with a one-yard plunge. Davis’ Hunter Karlik answered with a two-yard run.
In the second quarter, Bradbury hit three touchdown passes — two to Hunter Rosebrough and one to Tayler Conseen. Rosebrough finished with three catches for 43 yards, and Conseen led the Warriors with 67 yards on three receptions.
Braden Ruth added a 36-yard scoring run for Davis (13-0) with 6:29 to play before halftime.
In the second half, the tide quickly turned on Summers’ 85-yard kickoff return to cut the deficit to 27-20.
The potent Adair defense dried up in the final two quarters, amassing just 62 yards and three first downs. “Offensively in the second half we came out and didn’t execute very well,” Lippe said.
Davis, meanwhile, used its strong rushing attack to drain the clock. After Summers ran in a score from seven yards out with 9:01 to play, he found Ty Milligan in the end zone for the two-point conversion, giving the Wolves their first and only lead at 28-27.
It was eerily similar to the 2012 contest, when Davis kept Adair out of the end zone on a two-point attempt with 25 seconds to play. Davis won that game, 34-33.
Adair managed to put together a 10-play drive to the Davis 33 but Bradbury’s pass for Eby sailed long on fourth-and-7. The Wolves converted three straight third-downs to ice the game and advance.
Davis totaled 345 rushing yards on 48 carries, led by Ruth’s 178 and Summers’ 125. Adair picked up 150 passing yards and 150 rushing yards, led on the ground by senior Cody Yoder’s 80 yards.
“[Yoder] has been the lead blocker on our fly sweeps, and he’s just done a great job out there for us,” Lippe said. “It’s like having a sixth lineman out there. He’s our throwback football player. He just gets it done.”
Yoder is one of five seniors who played their last football game in an Adair uniform Friday.
Eby added 38 yards on 14 carries and caught three passes for 27 yards. Bradbury ran for 32 yards on 14 totes.
Davis advances to play Vian, 21-20 winners over Hennessey Friday.