Pioneers Come Up Short At Edmond North
9-19-15 by Chandler Vessels - @ChandlerVessels
When the Stillwater Pioneers' first drive ended with a punt, it looked like the beginning of another lackluster performance.
But things turned around after Edmond North fumbled inside its own territory on the following drive. Trey Carter recovered the ball
for Pioneers at the Husky 21-yard line. Jace Brownlee displayed his speed on the resulting drive, and finished it off by throwing for
eight yards to Gage Strom to put Stillwater up 7-0.
Brownlee finished 4-of-15 for 71 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Turnovers were a theme Friday night in Wantland Stadium, as the Pioneers lost to the Edmond North Huskies 26-14.
Stillwater (0-3) forced four turnovers by the Huskies (1-2) in the loss.
"Disappointed," coach Tucker Barnard said. "Proud of our effort and the way we fought, especially in the second half. We had our
opportunities and got some turnovers and got down close a few times. We just came up short."
Carter led the defense with two forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and 12 tackles.
"Our defense played pretty well," quarterback Jaden McCune said. "Turnovers were key tonight on both sides of the football...but
tonight (our defense) had to kind of pick up some of the offensive slack we had. But we still have to improve. There's areas on
both sides of the ball we've got to do some stuff differently. This week we're going to try to go back to practice and pinpoint that."
Despite myriad opportunities, Stillwater was unable to score off of their turnovers. One promising drive in the fourth quarter ended
with a Jordan Brown fumble on the five-yard line.
Another concluded with the Pioneers losing yards on an intentional grounding penalty, being pushed back to the Huskies' 41-yard
"We've just got to sustain a drive," McCune said. "We've got to get positive yards every play. We can't have penalties, shooting
ourselves in the foot. We just have to keep possession of the ball and do what we do and get five yards. 'First and 10, second
and five' that's kind of a motto we have. We really just have to learn to start linking plays together."
Edmond North responded to Stillwater's first score by going 80 yards down the field on the next drive. Darius McGlothin bounced
a couple of defenders off of him to find his way to a 38-yard touchdown run with six minutes left in the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Alex Smith found his way to a nine-yard touchdown to put Edmond North up 14-7.
It looked like the Huskies might score again before the half ended, but Connor Wilcoxen had other ideas. Edmond North decided
to go for it on fourth down inside the Stillwater 20, and quarterback Noah Tews threw an interception to Wilcoxen.
The Pioneers attempted to score before the half ended, but also fell short. Jace Brownlee threw an interception on the last play of
The second half began in the same fashion as the first.
Carter forced a fumble, which was recovered by Christian Bahl. Though Stillwater failed to score off the opportunity, they would
soon get another chance.
On the next drive, Tyler Disidore forced a fumble that was recovered by Carter. Jaden McCune scrambled into the end zone from
five yards out with 8:52 remaining in the third quarter.
The game was tied 14-14, but it would be the last time that Stillwater scored.
On the next drive, Tews found Collin Roy for a 73-yard touchdown. Edmond North missed the PAT, but it gave them a 20-14 lead
that they would not relinquish.
The Huskies scored once more to make the score 26-14, but both teams were held scoreless in the fourth quarter.
The Pioneers will look to get back on track in time for district play. Stillwater will host U.S. Grant at Pioneer Stadium next Friday
before beginning district play against Midwest City.
"We need to work a little bit," Wilcoxen said. "But I think we'll be ready."