Wolverines Wear Down Stillwater
After allowing 10 points from the game's first two drives, Stillwater's defense began to right the wagons against Lawton.
On the second play, Lawton quarterback Zack Hanna found receiver Markeanan Haire streaking down field for a 52-yard
Wolverine touchdown. That was all the Wolverines needed in a 24-0 win at Pioneer Stadium on Friday.
A botched snap at the Pioneers' 18 was the only thing to stifle the Wolverines' second drive. Although it was forced to settle for
the field goal, Lawton was clearly the superior team.
Lawton appeared poised to put the game away early, accumulating 181 yards in the first quarter compared to the Pioneers' 9.
The Pioneers had no offensive answer, and the quarter ended 10-0.
Stillwater was forced to punt on the ensuing its ensuing possession, and Lawton returned it to the 7 to begin its first drive of the
second quarter. Stillwater held, and on fourth-and-goal from the 3 stopped a run up the middle.
When the half had concluded, the Stillwater defense had given up 35 yards in the second quarter and had given up no points after
the opening two scores.
The beginning of the second half mirrored the first for the Wolverines. Hanna hit Haire on another deep pass with a defender
draped all over him. Haire shook the defender and sprinted the rest of the way for a 75-yard score.
On its second drive of the half, Lawton was again threatening deep in Stillwater territory. On third-and-18 from the 28, Hanna
looked for Haire again. Haire appeared to make his third touchdown catch, but senior defensive back Gannon Reese tore the ball
away. Another incomplete pass ended the drive.
"I just stayed deep and saw that he was looking at the ball,'' Reese said. "He went up for it, so then I went up for it, we both had
it, then I just ripped it out."
Stillwater's defense took the momentum and continued to battle. However, the offense failed to produce. It was forced to punt 11
times and amassed 86 yards. The defense almost never rested while the Wolverine running game compiled 250 yards.
"It wears on you when you go out there, offense has four plays, then you're back out there,'' Reese said. "So you're out there the
whole game, basically."
The fatigue was evident when Lawton scored once more with about four minutes to play, making it 24-0.
10-10-15 by Chas Carroll