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Game Day Preview: What's At Stake In Lawton?
11-6-15 by Kurtis Quillin
When Stillwater heads to Lawton on Friday, it hopes to earn one more home game.

Stillwater will play Eisenhower at Cameron University in Lawton on Friday at 7 p.m.

The Pioneers clinched a playoff spot when they beat Enid last week on the road. Now, though, something different is at stake.

If Stillwater beats the Eagles, the Pioneers will host a first round playoff game next week against the winner of Sand Springs and Bixby who play Friday as well, in Sand Springs.

It would be the first time Stillwater has hosted a playoff game since 2006 and the first in Pioneer Stadium. The closest the Pioneers have been since 2006 was in 2010 when Stillwater tied Tulsa Union and Owasso for the district title and wound up third after the tiebreaker.

"I'm excited about the opportunity," Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard said. "I know for our seniors it's a big deal to them. They heard, they had to listen in the hallways when they were 0-1, 0-2 and 0-3 to people telling them they weren't going to win a game."

If the Pioneers lose to Eisenhower, that gives them a date with Booker T. Washington in Tulsa as the four-seed out of District 6A II-2.

But don't count the Eagles out. Last week, Eisenhower beat Putnam City West 50-28. Although the Eagles' first win in 2015, it set up this chance for Stillwater.

However, Stillwater proved last week that it can overcome a shaky start in games that matter on the road. The Pioneers scored three times in the final eight minutes at Enid to win and clinch a playoff spot.

"Last week, most of us talked about the haters," senior Gannon Reese said. "The previous week, most of us talked about that. We had a shaky start but we fixed it and corrected our mistakes."

For now, though, the Pioneers hope all 151 miles to Lawton lead straight back to Stillwater.