This season hasn’t quite worked out the way the Lawton Wolverines planned, and one of the main reasons is turnovers according to Lawton High head football coach Ryan Breeze.
At the beginning of the season, Lawton coaches and players were seriously talking about competing for a district title. Now with two games left to go in the season the Wolverines sit in sixth place, two games behind the coveted fourth spot and a playoff birth.
Breeze said the team’s chances to make the playoffs would require some major upsets, some by the Wolverines themselves, and a lot of help from other teams.
“At that point it would boil down to district points,” Breeze said of his team’s chances if the necessary upsets occurred.
Breeze said he had few answers on his team giving away a late 35-26 in the fourth quarter last Friday against Choctaw, but noted that turnovers have been a problem for the team all season.
“Offensively we played well in the first half,” Breeze said. “We had a 21-14 lead, we just had a few plays not go our way in the second half.”
The Wolverines drove deep into Choctaw territory, but twice lost fumbles inside the Yellowjackets’ 10 yard line.
“Turnovers have been a nightmare all season,” Breeze said. “I am very frustrated with the loss.”
Breeze said that several games, including the Choctaw game last Friday could have possibly turned out differently had his team held onto the football all season.
Breeze also was disappointed in his defense’s performance Friday night. He said his missed a lot of tackles and the secondary didn’t break on the ball as quickly as he would have liked.
He said to correct those issues he has his secondary running intensive drills all week to improve their ability to break to the ball on passing plays.
Closing out on a strong note
Breeze said the Wolverines are simply looking to take the last two games one at a time and control what they can control regarding their playoff destiny. This week the Wolverines will travel to Del City to take on the 7-1 Eagles, who currently sit in a tie for first place with Stillwater at 5-0 in 6A Division II, District 1.
Breeze said Del City is a very athletic and very well coached team. He said his team will have to do a much better job of tackling, especially Del City quarterback Quinlan Ganther.
“He likes to run around a lot, we have to be able to tackle him,” Breeze said.
“We should be able to move the ball on them if we can limit mistakes and turnovers,” Breeze added.
The game against Del City is set for Friday night in Del City with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.
— Compiled by William Carroll