Pioneers Strong Start Fizzles Out At Union
The Stillwater Pioneers were hoping to do something few teams have been able to do, win inside Union Tuttle Stadium.
The Pioneers started off strong as Tulsa Union drove down the field on its first possession, but stalled inside the Pioneer 20-yard
line and Union turned the ball over on downs. The Pioneers were forced to punt but on the following Union possession Marlon
McDonald came up with an interception for the Pioneers. On the next play, King Williams broke loose for a 45-yard touchdown
run to give the Pioneers an early 7-0 lead. Fizzles out
On the ensuing Pioneer kickoff, Union returned the kickoff for a touchdown to tie the game midway through the first quarter. The
Pioneers were then forced to punt after going three-and-out. After Union got the ball back at its own 38, Tyler Adkins broke
through the line and put Union in great possession to score to make it 14-7 with the Redskins in the lead.
The Pioneers were then faced with another fourth down from inside their own 20-yard line. After a blocked punt, Union got the ball
at the Stillwater 9-yard line. Isaiah Johnson then made a big play for the Pioneers with an interception to keep the Pioneers within
striking distance. After another Pioneer three-and-out, the Redskins drove the ball down to the Pioneer 6-yard line. They had to
settle for a field goal attempt but missed it.
However the Redskins were woken up and forced Stillwater into another punting situation that was partially blocked again. This
time they received the ball at the Pioneer 31-yard line. They moved the ball down the field at ease against the Pioneers, scoring a
touchdown to make it 20-7. They would go on to miss the extra point.
At that point, the rout was on. Going into halftime, the Pioneers had three more possessions, which resulted in two
three-and-outs and one turnover. The score at half time was 41-7. The final score ended up being 62-21, in favor of Union.
Marlon McDonald looks forward to the challenge of improving for the next game.
"We gotta get in the gym, get in the weight room and out on the field," McDonald said. "Just keep playing. I can't wait."
Union has proven themselves to be one of the best teams in the state throughout the years. Head Coach Tucker Barnard said he
knew his team would have to perform to their best ability possible.
"They out-executed us, their offense versus our defense," Barnard said. "I don't know if you can point to one specific thing but
there were a lot of things going on tonight that allowed them to do that."
The Stillwater Pioneers are now 1-4 overall but more importantly 1-1 in district play. They will be hosting Booker T. Washington
next week in a crucial battle with hopes to improve their district record.