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Pioneers Punish Plainsmen
Using a strong rushing attack, Stillwater Pioneers abused the Enid Plainsmen in Friday night's high scoring victory.

Stillwater (6-3, 2-3) defeated Enid (3-6, 0-5) 56-36 on Friday night at Pioneer Stadium in a game where both teams were trying to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Plainsmen had no answer for the Pioneers' rushing attack, for the defense fell apart after halftime.

Stillwater rushed for 565 yards and 8 touchdowns on 45 attempts, breaking off multiple long runs. The Pioneers were outgained in time of possession by nearly 17 minutes, but it didn't matter; they couldn't be stopped in the second half.

"That's incredible," coach Tucker Barnard said. "Obviously the guys carrying the ball were big time, but that doesn't happen without the blockers, the offensive line and the fullbacks."

The Pioneers performance was far from flawless however, for penalties were again an issue. Stillwater was penalized 16 times for 160 yards, but this didn't stop the offense from having success.

"They bailed us out defensively over and over again," Barnard said. "We kept committing penalties and getting ourselves in bad situations, but the offense kept bailing us out and we were finally able to get a couple of stops."

Cameron Mayberry led for Stillwater in the second half after having a quiet game early. Mayberry finished the game with 237 yards on 12 carries and 4 touchdowns, all of which came in the second half and were each of 20 or more yards.

"He's an incredible ball carrier," Barnard said. "It's shocking to me that nobody is recruiting him to play running back. He's being recruited to play linebacker all over the place, but how some people aren't picking up on that kid as a running back I have no idea."

Mayberry has carried the ball 161 times this season 1244 yards and 20 touchdowns. He's proven himself as one of the district's top running backs, but he also had an impact on defense, recording seven tackles and one sack.

Mayberry wasn't the only ball carrier to have a huge game for the Pioneers. Senior Ty Smith ran for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns on 14 carries. Smith has had back-to-back games with over 100 yards rushing, for the Pioneers continue to get him more involved with the offense.

The Pioneers are one win away from making it back to the state playoffs and can clinch a spot with a home win next week.
11-1-14 by Matt Mitchell