One physical game
Anyone who witnessed last Friday's Lawton High-Choctaw football game had to come away amazed at the physical pounding both teams delivered, but the Wolverines sure had the edge and it showed in a 48-7 victory.
Five Choctaw starters were hurt in the game and LHS had two key players banged up in the hard-hitting contest that allowed the Wolverines to go to 5-0 on the season.
"Their coaches told us after the game that we were the most physical team they had played," LHS coach Randy Breeze said. "Our kids take a great deal of pride in their work in the weight room and they work hard on fundamentals. When they make a tackle they try and deliver a good, clean hit and the other night Choctaw had some good ones of their own.
"Choctaw is a pretty good football team, they had some big, strong players. But we won the battle in the trenches and that was the difference. We had two quarterbacks both throw for more than 85 yards and three backs rush for more than 90 yards each, so we were extremely happy with that. Any time you get a win in this district (6A-4) you have to be happy because there are six teams, maybe even seven, that are good enough to make the playoffs. Some good teams are not going to make it to the playoffs from this district."
LHS quarterback Dallas Sealey bruised an elbow in the second quarter and then linebacker Taylor Wattenbarger had a shoulder take a hard blow on a hit.
"As a sign of our depth, Jack Meservy stepped in at quarterback and we didn't miss a beat," Breeze said. "And on defense Brandon Deloach comes in for Wattenbarger and we never miss a beat on that side.
"That is a sign that those kids are paying attention in practice and learning what they need to know. In the case of Jack, we never change our offense with him; he runs the same plays that Dallas runs and he has the same flexibility at the line to audible. We are blessed with great depth."
The good news for LHS fans is that both Sealey and Wattenbarger will be in the lineup Thursday when Southmoore comes to Cameron Stadium.