Stillwater Downs Deer Creek In Opener
Cameron Mayberry and the Stillwater Pioneers ran away from Deer Creek for their first win of the season in Friday night's opener.
Stillwater had no trouble running the ball against Deer Creek en route to it's 40-14 win.
Cameron Mayberry carried the bulk of the work on the ground, with halftime numbers putting him at 106 yards on 20 carries.
Finding out his numbers came as no surprise for Mayberry.
"I knew I was getting a lot of touches but I didn't know it was that many," Mayberry said. "They knew our game plan involved a lot
of running so I'm sure it came as no surprise to them. We did a great job of opening holes and I was able to find them."
Mayberry finished with 33 carries for 138 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Stillwater (1-0) had a great game from Braxton Noble, who threw for 257 yards on 11 completions and 3 touchdowns. It was
Noble's first game since tearing his left ACL and meniscus in the sixth game of the 2013 season.
"Oh, the knee feels great," Noble said. "Honestly I didn't even think about it. The (knee) brace slid down a little bit a few times but
it was just another game for me."
Brandon Prather was a favorite target for Noble, catching six passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Prather started the game
with 65-yard and 52-yard touchdown catches in the first half.
Prather's reaction to his numbers came as more of a surprise than that of his teammates.
"Really? One yard shy (of 200)?" Prather said. "I was feeling really good. I was excited coming into tonight, especially playing
against their corners. I was just glad they got me the ball."
The game featured an hour and 33-minute lightning delay halfway through the third quarter. Players said the delay might have
actually helped them, for Prather and Noble both claimed to be cramping up before the delay.
First game jitters were apparent with both teams, for 27 penalty flags were thrown, 4 turnovers and a third down punt.
The Pioneers head to Mustang next Friday night for its second game of the season.
9-8-14 by Kris Hourin