Davis leads LHS over PC
OKLAHOMA CITY Miles Davis to the left. Miles Davis to the right. Miles Davis up the middle. Rinse, repeat and win.
That was Lawton High's formula from the opening drive to the closing second of Friday's 27-21 victory over previously unbeaten Putnam City in Oklahoma City.
Davis ran 40 times for 215 yards and scored all four Wolverine touchdowns in the victory, but just moments after the win he insisted he wasn't even tired.
"To be honest, I thought I had more than 40 carries," he said.
LHS (3-2 overall, 1-1 in district play) set the tone from the opening possession, when Davis was handed the ball six consecutive times and ran for 62 yards, culminating in his 10-yard touchdown run.
"That opening drive was a thing of beauty, wasn't it?" Lawton head coach Randy Breeze said. "We made a couple of switches on the offensive line, and that Putnam City defensive line is about as good as you're gonna see. But the good thing is that Miles doesn't need a lot of room to operate."
To keep Putnam City (4-1, 1-1) honest, LHS offensive coordinator Ryan Breeze called a few reverses to receiver Jayquan Lincoln. One of them went for 17 yards to set up a second-quarter Davis TD, and another went for 34 yards on a 3rd and 27 in the fourth quarter to help Lawton run out the clock. Lincoln finished with four carries for 47 yards.
The game was back-and-forth throughout the first half. Putnam City converted a 3rd and 21 on a draw play to running back Damon Jemison, then finished the drive with a 23-yard touchdown pass on 4th and 13 to make it 14-14 at halftime.
Putnam City's calling card all season has been its strong turnover margin. The Pirates entered the game with 16 takeaways and only two giveaways, and Friday's first half saw more of the same. PC picked off Lawton senior quarterback Alihas Hopper without giving the ball up.
But the Wolverine defense flipped the script in the second half, forcing turnovers on three consecutive possessions. First, Dante McCowan jumped in front of a pass by PC QB Amareion Newsome and raced 66 yards for a pick-6. Unfortunately for LHS, the Wolverines were called for a hold on the return, and the offense was unable to cash in on the miscue.