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Stillwater Runs Away From Grant
9-26-15 by Kurtis Quillin
Holes opened up as Stillwater's run game dominated Friday.

Stillwater beat U.S. Grant 49-6 on homecoming night at Pioneer Stadium.

The Pioneers' offense was two-thirds run Friday, for 249 of Stillwater's 365 total yards came on the ground.

Seven Pioneers had carries and four of Stillwater's seven touchdowns rushing, with scores from Josiah Castlebury, Jace Brownlee, Tyler Disidore and Christian Bahl.

Disidore led with 78 yards, his long being his touchdown, 59 yards. The other 19 came on his only other carry, which came in the first quarter.

Sophomore Andrew Jackson had the most carries, nine. His long was 15 yards in the fourth quarter on the Pioneers' second-to-last first down.

Bahl's one carry was his 62-yard touchdown, the final score of the game in the third quarter.

Castlebury only had two carries in addition to his scoring run and totaled 35 yards.

Quarterback Jace Brownlee had four carries for 32 yards and one touchdown and threw for two more touchdowns and 108 more yards.

Connor Wilcoxen, in his second game off suspension, made his 2015 running back debut for 23 yards on two carries. Hutson Gamble had 1 yard on one carry.

Brownlee was the only Pioneer more than 100 yards of offense, and 69 of those were completions to Jordan Brown for 35- and 34-yard touchdowns. On his first pass, Roland Pichardo intercepted it and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown, giving Grant an early 6-0 lead.

"We talked a lot about the way we need to come out and play well," Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard said. "Obviously, the first series, Jace just got a bad look. He saw the corner and the safety both come down and he thought that was going to leave his bubble open."

That was Brownlee's lone interception as he finished 5-of-8 passing before Barnard put Karsten Schuessler in the game in the second quarter. Schuessler finished 11 yards on 2-of-3 passing.

Garrett Leming, who battled with injured Jaden McCune for the opening night starting job, finished 1-for-2 with minus-3 yards. The Pioneers passed on 13 of their 32 plays.

The clock ran for most of the second half, and almost all of Stillwater's plays were runs. They went in to victory formation with just more than 90 seconds left.