LHS meets Bixby for state title game
After a long 27-year wait, Lawton High finally gets a chance to add to its collection of state championship football trophies.
The Wolverines have four in the case right now and their chance for a fifth comes tonight at 7 p.m. at Moore Stadium against Bixby when they meet for the inaugural 6A-II title. Tickets are $7 for all ages. Fans that are unable to attend will be able to watch the game online at coxhshub.com.
In order for No. 4 Lawton High (11-1) to add a trophy marked "2014" to the others marked "1962", "1963", "1970" and "1987", it has to do one thing extremely well: defend the run.
No. 5 Bixby (11-1) relies most on its junior running back, Nic Roller. Roller stands at an even 6-feet and weighs 232 pounds. His numbers 1,793 rushing yards and 34 total touchdowns are impressive. He's averaging 22 carries per game this season and that's not going to change this deep into the playoffs. The Wolverines will combat his size with their speed.
"He's a thick kid that runs hard," Lawton High head coach Randy Breeze said. "We have a great deal of speed. What I like most about our football team is our big guys up front are athletic, our linebackers and our secondary get to the point of attack in a hurry and when they get there, they've got a bad attitude. When they put pads on you, you know they've been there. I don't think Bixby has played a team like the Wolverines yet."
And as much of Roller as the Wolverines will see, they're going to give it right back in the form of Darreyl Patterson. The talented senior isn't anywhere near as big as Roller, but his production is on the same level. He's rushed for 1,891 yards and 20 scores.
Patterson has rushed for 102 or more yards in 10 straight games, all of which Lawton High won.
"The best thing for us to do, and we're going to plan on doing it, we're going to run the football right at them," Breeze said. "We're big up front. Our offensive is very well coached, very intelligent, very big and very athletic and we're going to take advantage of that."