LHS follows script, grinds down Pioneers
Randy Breeze has not always had his halftime speeches followed precisely on the field but last night his Lawton High crew came awfully close to following his script and it paid off in grand fashion.
Breeze told his team at the break that they were going to come out and simply assault Stillwater in the trenches, score quickly and then get a defensive stop and score again by just pounding away on the ground. His troops worked part of that formula to perfection but it took a strong defensive effort to seal a 32-14 victory over the Pioneers to stay perfect in District 6A(II)-2 action.
Both teams came in at 4-1 overall but on this night there was no comparison, the Wolverines were bigger, faster and stronger. Granted Stillwater was playing without its starting quarterback, but it may not have mattered who was back there the way the LHS was playing defense.
Stillwater rushed for just 107 yards and backup quarterback Marlan McDonald hit just 5 of 15 passes for 63 yards. Two of his lob jobs were intercepted by the LHS defense, including a clinching interception by safety Chris Jones with five minutes remaining in the game.
Conversely the Wolverines rushed for 298 yards, 217 of those by Darreyl Patterson on 33 tough carries.
"We knew we had an edge up front and with the wet ball and their blitzes, we just decided to go simple and pound them," Breeze said after the marathon game had ended past 11 p.m. "I thought our offensive line played extremely well and the backs all ran well. Darreyl ran hard, he made them miss a few tackles and got some extra yardage at times."
Patterson scored all five Wolverine touchdowns on runs of 1, 9, 13, 12 and 49.
His 13-yard TD run came after LHS had marched 63 yards on nine plays, overcoming a holding penalty en route, with the second-half kickoff. While Patterson did most of the damage on that drive, LHS did convert a key fourth down gamble when quarterback Jack Meservy hit Kalin Sadler on a nifty drag route across the middle that took the Wolverines from the Pioneer 38 all the way to the 13 to set up the scoring run on the next snap.