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Stillwater Its Own Enemy In Loss To Choctaw
The Stillwater Pioneers had a few chances to put the game away against the Choctaw Yellow Jackets on Thursday, but couldn't convert.

The result: Marlon McDonald was sacked as time expired and Stillwater dropped its third straight game to fall to 4-3.

The Pioneers had several opportunities. Late in the fourth quarter, and trailing 21-17, Stillwater was inside the red zone, knocking on the door. Cameron Mayberry was one yard away from breaking into the end zone and helping Stillwater regain the lead. But he lost grip of the ball and Choctaw recovered.

"Any time you turn the football over, it's a big deal," coach Tucker Barnard said. "Ultimately, we didn't do a very good job of finishing those drives."

Jordan Brown had a shot at an interception with a clear path to the end zone, but saw the ball bounce off of his hands.

"Man, I don't even know," Brown said afterwards. "It hit my helmet and bounced off-I don't even know."

Perhaps the kicker for the Pioneers was penalties. Stillwater accumulated over 100 yards in penalties on the evening, so that even when they were pressing, they were held back by their own mistakes.

"You get a holding penalty and you're first and 17 now. All those things that put you back behind the chains," Barnard said.

The Pioneers also came out sluggish to start the second half for the third consecutive game. After taking a 7-0 lead into the locker room, Stillwater allowed Choctaw to run all over them, as the Yellow Jackets scored all 21 points in the final 24 minutes.

"I think we just lose focus in the second half," lineman DJ Peckham said. "We've got to think and we've got to talk."

Stillwater is hopeful that by next week at Putnam City, it will be able to regain focus and put these defensive and mental struggles behind them.
10-17-14 by Chandler Vessels