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Pioneers Handle Tough Loss To Buffaloes
The Stillwater Pioneers fell to the McAlester Buffaloes on Friday night with a final score of 47-34.

The Pioneers started the game off strong with an 89- yard touchdown run by Brandon Prather. The Pioneers only returned past the 50-yard line nine times last season. Coach Barnard was impressed by the team coming out so strong in the first quarter.

"It was awesome and it was a great kickoff return. It set us up really well and the guys did a good job blocking that up," Coach Barnard said.

After the missed extra point, the Pioneers allowed the Buffaloes to drive the ball 80-yards and take the lead 7 to 6. Later in the quarter, Cameron Mayberry snuck in with a big interception, running it back 15 yards for the score. Braxton Noble showed his running skill with a touchdown run giving Stillwater the lead 13-7.

The Buffaloes started off the second quarter with a quick score giving them the edge with a 14-13 lead. The Pioneers kept on fighting when Noble connected with Jordan Brown for the touchdown pass. Stillwater led 20-14, with just five plays for 62 yards. The Pioneers began losing ground after a missed 35- yard field goal attempt with 6:55 left, giving the Buffaloes the momentum late in the second quarter. It took McAlester just six plays to take the lead 28-20. At the half, McAlester had control keeping their lead 28-20.

Third quarter action was exciting as the Pioneers clawed their way back into the game. Noble completed to Prather for a 20-yard touchdown pass, making this their ninth first down of the game. The Pioneers were within seven. After the Buffaloes punted for five yards, the Pioneers began a short drive. Noble was intercepted with 3:13 left. They didn't let their heads fall, as CJ Citizen intercepted Wood. That turned into a 35-yard touchdown pass from Noble to Parsons to tie the game at 34.

In the final quarter the Pioneers defense came up with a few key stops, but weren't able to hold the Buffaloes on a 4th and 5. The Buffaloes called a fake punt and gained 11 yards for a first down. This led to an 8-yard touch down catch. The Buffaloes went up 41-34 and never looked back. The Pioneers fought until the end but came up short. Braxton Noble finished 15/30 with 215 yards.

Next week the Pioneers return to action on Friday at Midwest City. Wide receiver Prather looks to improve as a team for next week.

"We are definitely going to work on offense and defense. We need to not let people run over us," Prather said.
9-7-13 by Corbyn Wheeler