Zachary’s kickoff return ignites LHS to 34-9 win
With his Lawton High School football team flat as a pancake, Curtez Zachary knew he had to do something big to ignite the Wolverines and he provided that spark with a dazzling 97-yard kickoff return en route to an important 34-9 District 6A-4 victory over Edmond Memorial at Cameron Stadium on Friday night.
The Bulldogs, who fell to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in district, sure didn't look like a winless club early, dominating the first quarter by dominating the line up front and forcing a rare turnover by the No. 4-ranked Wolverines who climbed to 4-0 with the win.
The Edmond crew blew its first big chance to score after being stopped by downs at the LHS 28, but the next time it got the ball, quarterback Tyler Holcomb marched his club from its own 45 to paydirt on a seven-play drive that was capped when Holcomb hit Wayne Anderson on a 19-yard scoring strike.
When Justin Marcha kicked the PAT with 2:42 left in the first quarter, the Bulldogs' sideline erupted.
The excitement didn't last long because Zachary fielded the kickoff at the LHS 3-yard-line and bolted up the Memorial sideline. He got a couple of nice blocks, then cut back toward the middle of the field where he found a convoy of blockers to aid his effort but there was no need because he simply pulled away with his 4.5 speed to score with 2:28 left in the first quarter.
The Wolverines decided to gamble on the PAT as quarterback Dallas Sealey took the snap on the old swinging gate and just managed to bull his way into the end zone for an 8-7 LHS advantage.
"We were a little flat there early, I don't know what it was but they had a good scheme and were able to move the ball on us some," LHS defensive coordinator Ashley Henley said. "But we got the big play there on the kickoff and that seemed to wake everyone up. Then we go out there on defense and get a big stop and after that I felt like our defense played really well."