Collective Effort Leads To Pioneer Victory
Davion Christopher usually spends Friday nights on the sidelines as the backup running back.
However, this Friday, in a 43-6 win over U.S. Grant, he was seen scampering downfield with blazing speed on his way to a
72-yard touchdown run, the longest of the night for the Stillwater Pioneers. "It was pretty exciting," Christopher said. "I've gotta
give all the credit to my blockers, though. Couldn't do it without them. We just play our best. Any team-good or not-we just give it
Coaches will often preach a team effort and that certainly rang true for Stillwater Friday night. A plethora of Pioneers contributed
to the massacre; all six of the Stillwater touchdowns were scored by different players. "It was a good night," said coach Tucker
Barnard. "The guys that don't normally get to play on a Friday night got the play. Some guys came in and played hard, played
well. That's fun for all of us."
Another backup, Connor Wilcoxen, put the exclamation point on the victory with his 13-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
"It was exhilarating," Wilcoxen said. "I had my adrenaline running. I was just going out there and trying my best. (The success)
was just our key blocks and the plays that our coaches were calling. We played great today."
Stillwater started by setting the tone early on offense. Not even two minutes into the game, Cameron Mayberry had rumbled into
the end zone from four yards out. From there, it was smooth sailing. The Pioneers scored 28 points in the first quarter alone,
putting the game out of reach before halftime.
The early start was what allowed an avenue for some of the less heralded players on the roster to get some glory. "We just tried
to get different guys touches on the football," Barnard said. "Maybe guys who don't normally get touches and give them a chance
to do something in front of their home crowd and their families.
When opportunity came knocking, the Pioneer reserves answered jubilantly.
9-27-14 by Chandler Vessels