PRINCETON — After being pushed to the limit by district rivals Gunter and Leonard to close out the regular season, the S&S Rams made sure to avoid a down-to-the wire finish in winning just the second playoff game in school history.

PRINCETON — After being pushed to the limit by district rivals Gunter and Leonard to close out the regular season, the S&S Rams made sure to avoid a down-to-the wire finish in winning just the second playoff game in school history.

Trenton Nolan and Willie Winborne each scored three touchdowns as S&S defeated Alba-Golden, 55-18, in a Class 2A Division II Region II bi-district game on Friday night.

S&S (11-0) will face Tolar in the area round at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Springtown and continue the best season in school history. Having already set the program record for wins as well as capturing the first district crown, the Rams’ playoff victory equals their 1998 bi-district win against Leonard.

Alba-Golden (5-6) fell behind 34-0 at half-time and didn’t get its first touchdown until 48 seconds left in the third quarter.

“The defense really stepped up and set the tone for sure. It was just being mentally ready,” Rams head coach Garrett Patterson said. “It was been a tough the last two weeks for these guys.”

S&S needed a last-second field goal against Leonard to claim the 7-2A (II) title after holding off Gunter prior to that. No late heroics were needed.

Reed Collum found Nolan in the end zone on a 10-yard dart less than three minutes into the game and in the second quarter the two hooked up on a pair of 28-yard TD catches on consecutive drives.

Willie Winborne, who finished with 169 yards on 13 carries, scored on runs of eight and 26 yards in the first quarter and then again with a 33-yard rush in the third as the Rams took a 42-0 advantage.

Alba-Golden swapped out Kyle Morrow for Cody Melton at running back and the change energized the Panthers’ attack.

The Panthers found the end zone three times in the second half, keeping the S&S defense on the field for nearly 20 of the final 24 minutes. Dylan Harle scored twice and Dalton Wright also had a touchdown for Alba-Golden.

In the few minutes the Rams had possession in the second half, Wyatt Maher added a 42-yard touchdown run and Devin Orr closed the scoring with a one-yard TD plunge.

“The ultimate prize is the state championship. I don’t think they’re happy with where they are at,” Patterson said. “I think they’ve got the big picture and they’re just facing it week to week.”