Six Turnovers Doom Pioneers In Week 2
The Stillwater Pioneers lost in a heartbreaker to the Midwest City Bombers 28-22 Friday night at the Bombers stadium.
The Pioneers started the game with four turnovers on its first four possessions. The Bombers took advantage and scored 13
points off of turnovers. It scored later on a run by a Bombers running back. The Bombers mostly stuck to the ground and had
marginal success at times with consistently great field position aiding them.
Pioneers quarterback Braxton Noble was at a loss for words for the turnovers by the offense.
"That's a really good question," Noble said. "I'll have to evaluate in film and see what happened. You learn from it and know not to
do it again."
The Pioneers struggled with penalties in the first half with 70 yards on six penalties.
Once the Pioneer offense settled down it sustained a drive from midfield that was capped off by a seven yard run by Noble. The
score was the first points against the Bombers this season.
The Pioneers had success moving the ball with a series of screen passes to Brandon Prather and Jordan Brown. The Pioneers
were driving for its second score to end the half but fumbled on the Bombers 14 yard line for its fifth turnover of the half.
The turnovers continued when the Pioneers muffed the kickoff that gave the Bombers great field position and it capitalized with a
touchdown drive that put the score at 28-6 with 10:20 left in the third quarter.
The Pioneers fought back with two Cameron Mayberry touchdowns on goal line runs and a safety when the snap went over the
Bombers punter head. With 1:08 left in the game the Pioneers forced the Bombers to punt it away with a promise for good field
position and no timeouts. The Pioneers punt returner muffed the punt and the Bombers recovered to run out the clock.
The defense stepped up and had key stops late in the game that gave the Pioneers a chance to win. After the Bombers scored
early in the third quarter it did not score again. Linebacker C.J. Citizen said that he thought the defense was good but could have
"We played tough," Citizen said. "The defense was rolling. We let go a couple big plays but penalties killed us both ways. We
have to quit making missed tackles."
Pioneer coach Tucker Barnard said he thought his team fed too much off of emotion and did not think it was a good thing.
"When things are good we get going and we play hard," Barnard said. "When things are bad we kind of put our head down and
cower away a little bit. We can't do that."
The Pioneers are 0-2 and are at home next week against the Mustang Broncos at 7 p.m.
9-16-13 by Jordan Neal