LHS, Ike face tough district opponents
Lawton High and Eisenhower both have measuring-stick games this week and wins would do a lot for both teams.
The No. 6 Wolverines host No. 9 Stillwater tonight at Cameron at 7 p.m. Both teams are 4-1, but LHS is 2-0 in district while Stillwater is 0-1.
The Eagles, meanwhile, go on the road to face Choctaw at 7 p.m. The Yellowjackets are 4-1 behind star quarterback Jonah Llanusa. Ike is looking for its second straight win after topping Canyon, Texas last week.
Lawton High comes into tonight's game against Stillwater riding a three-game winning streak since losing to MacArthur, 35-33, back in Week 2.
In that time, the Wolverines have given up just 21 points and that all came against Sapulpa in Week 3. The starting defense hasn't given up a point and has been threatened outside of a couple of series.
But now they're facing a team averaging nearly 35 points per game on offense and scored 27 points, albeit in a loss, against Midwest City, the best team Stillwater has played, at home last week. The Bombers haven't given up more than 17 points in any other game. The Bombers and Wolverines are regarded as the two best teams in District 6A-II 2.
And that came after losing starting quarterback Braxton Noble, who has had a depressingly injury-riddled career after showing considerable skills. Since losing Noble, the Pioneers have revamped their offense.
"They've change their philosophy. They're more a wildcat-type offense now," LHS head coach Randy Breeze said. "Their running back is their quarterback and they're more run oriented now. They run a bunch of multiple formations to run the football.
"It's a new look for us. We can't just read (the) flow away and chase it down. There's got to be a hesitation by our backside end and backside linebackers to worry about reverse back the other way. That's a big key for our defense."
The Wolverine defense will have to be disciplined and it starts with linebackers Mahlik Hanna, Levi Cain and Matt Leon. That trio had a big week at Enid last week, but Stillwater presents a much different problem.
"They'll put pressure on our linebackers to align correctly because of the crazy formations we're going to see," Breeze said. "If we can dominate the front like we have, stop the run and force them to throw it, we're going to cause a lot of problems for them. Obviously, if they're able to get into crazy sets, force the ball down our throat and keep our offense off the field, we're going to have problems."