Pioneers Put On A Performance For Homecoming
Stillwater celebrated homecoming Friday night with plenty of pomp, circumstance and offensive firepower.
The Pioneers earned their first victory of the season, beating Ponca City 41-0 at Pioneer Stadium.
"This is the first [win] in a year and it feels like 10 years," coach Tucker Barnard said. "I'm excited for the kids tonight. We
worked hard. We have challenged them and worked them over for three really hard grueling weeks. Tonight they get to celebrate
and have a good time for homecoming."
It took barely a minute for the Pioneers to get on the scoreboard. On the third play of the game, quarterback Braxton Noble found
running room up the middle and raced 73 yards for a touchdown. The Pioneers struck again on the next possession, Noble hitting
Jon Littell for a 40-yard score. By the time King Williams scampered 65 yards down the sideline for a score, the Pioneers had a
21-0 lead. The game was only 5 minutes old.
Noble's versatility was on display, completing 11 of 17 passes for 192 yards and adding 118 yards on the ground.
"I was excited that we could jump on them early and start scoring some points," Noble said. "I know it started the tone because
it put doubt in their mind that they weren't going to have their hands full with the offense all night."
The defensive line kept Wildcats quarterback Michael Mongold on the run all night. Dayton Campbell sacked Mongold twice and
Cyntrell Carden and Spencer Parsons each recorded a sack.
"We did a bunch of different sets tonight," Campbell said. "I played linebacker and that's not what I usually play. With their kind
of offense you need an extra outside guy so I believe that led to our success."
The Pioneers travel to Tulsa to face perennial Union next Friday.
9-28-13 by Glen Brockenbush