By CRAIG HALL
TALIHINA—It took Talihina two plays to cover 53 yards and score its first touchdown in Friday’s Class A second-round playoff game against Morrison.
The Golden Tigers sped through, around and over the Wildcats to add 56 more points in a 62-20 win over Morrison to advance to the Class A quarterfinals next week against Ringling.
The game will be a rematch of last year’s semifinal game where Ringling defeated Talihina, 26-18, handing the Tigers their only loss over the last two years.
Senior quarterback Alan Lockhart rushed for 153 yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns and threw for 197 yards and another pair of touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a win over a team which had been in and out of the top 10 this season.
Morrison was simply outmatched. The Wildcats did make things interesting by scoring on a pair of long plays to cut the lead to 22-14 in the second quarter.
Talihina responded in a big way. Lockhart took one in from 30 yards and then after a Morrison punt, he hit Bryar Humphreys on a perfect pass over the middle. Humphreys never had to break stride and completed a 64-yard pass with only 11 seconds before halftime to pretty much put the game away.
Humphreys scored twice on rushes along with the reception. Senior Christian McClain also had a big game. After Morrison drove to the Talihina 6 on its opening drive, McClain stepped in front of a receiver, picked off the pass and went 103 yards for the Tigers’ second touchdown.
He also caught a 45-yard touchdown pass and finished with six catches for 148 yards. Plus, Marcus Baker, who had missed the last two games with an injury, had one carry for 96 yards.
The Tigers finished with 605 yards of total offense, despite sitting the starters the final quarter.
Talihina improves to 11-0 with the win while Morrison finished at 9-3. Ringling, now 11-1, defeated Fairview 38-22 to advance to the quarterfinals.