Turnovers, trouble against run doom LHS
Five is a significant number in the lore of Lawton High School football. It’s been a jersey number donned by some of the best to ever play wear the red, white and black.
But on Thursday, five was significant for another reason — as in five turnovers for the Wolverines against Midwest City.
Those mistakes, compiled with an inability to slow down a steady Bomber run game, were too much for LHS to overcome in a 23-7 loss at Cameron Stadium.
The Wolverine defense forced three turnovers, which would be a great head start for most teams. But with his own team turning the ball over five times — four interceptions and one muffed punt return, Lawton High coach Ryan Breeze said it was simply a hole too deep for his team to climb out of.
“We can’t beat anybody that good with five turnovers,” Breeze said. “You turn it over five times, you’re going to lose.”
Breeze also said Midwest City was able to run the ball much better than he expected. Indeed, the Bombers pounded the rock for 220 rushing yards, led by Omari John’s 179 yards and two touchdowns. John, who had 100 rushing yards by halftime, averaged better than six yards per carry.
On the flip side, the Wolverines — six days removed from running for 210 yards in less than three quarters of play — only managed 32 rushing yards as a team on Thursday.
The Wolverines were slow out of the gate, allowing a long Midwest City drive to start the game. Lawton High’s first two possessions resulted in a punt and an interception and saw the Wolverines only generate 4 yards of total net offense in that span. By the time they got the ball for their third possession, they were staring down a 14-0 deficit. The only reason the margin wasn’t larger was because the Bombers were unable to get the ball down to kick a 33-yard field goal attempt on their first possession.
Lawton High mounted a 14-play drive that pushed them deep into the Midwest City territory. The Wolverines converted on a 4th-and-1 scenario when quarterback Eric Wiley maneuvered his way for three yards. That gain proved to be also be a loss, as Wiley exited the game with an apparent injury to his non-throwing hand. Four plays later, this time at the 5, the LHS faced yet another 4th-and-1. A misplayed exchange between center Romeo Blanton and backup quarterback Donovan Dorsey resulted in a turnover on downs and a missed opportunity.