Statisticians Couldn't Keep Up
Stillwater's statisticians struggled to keep up with the numbers Friday night.
Plenty of momentum and confidence was gained in Stillwater's first win in a 49-6 nondistrict victory against U.S. Grant during
homecoming at Pioneer Stadium.
Slow starts have plagued the Pioneers in their first three games. This time, Stillwater used a balanced offense to take a 28-6
A Tyler Disidore 59-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter gave the Pioneers a 35-6 lead before Hudson Gamble
returned a Tevin Pittman interception for a touchdown on the next drive to give Stillwater a 42-6 lead at halftime.
Stillwater (1-3 overall) had success early and finished with a season-high 365 yards.
The Pioneers, a self-described run-first team, ran the ball for a majority of the second half and had a running clock in the fourth
In Oklahoma, both teams have to agree to a running clock and Barnard said there wasn't much of a talk.
"They asked us if we would agree to that and we said sure we would,'' Barnard said. "They're working hard and they're trying and
nobody needs to be embarrassed if they don't have to be and if that's a way to do that that's great."
The Pioneers finished with 249 yards on the ground behind an offensive line that created holes that haven't been opened this
Barnard said the success for the offensive line was needed and provided a confidence boost for a young line after some problems
for the group the first three weeks.
"It's nice to get a little confidence there for sure," he said. "We know that we've had some issues with a lot of guys going down
with injuries and things like that so for the young guys to bust some holes open that's nice for sure. Now we'll look at tape and
evaluate that and see if we're still doing things correctly there."
Before the season, the Pioneers didn't envision waiting until the fourth week for a win, but Barnard said the victory against U.S.
Grant (0-4) provided the team with some much-needed success before district play.
"It's always good to win," Barnard said. "We've had a lot of questions about our confidence and things like that and I think that we
have been building confidence the last three weeks even though we haven't had a win. This is just good to feel like you finally
accomplished a little bit."
Quarterback Jace Brownleee said the win was a must heading into district play against Midwest City on Friday.
"It will start to pick things up in practice and in the next game and we'll do a lot better than we have been," he said.
9-26-15 by Patrick Osborne