Pioneers Win Chippy Contest
Both sides left Cameron Stadium on Friday night upset with the same five people.
Fans, players and coaches alike on both sides questioned the officiating numerous times in Stillwater's 33-27 Class 6A 2 District
2 victory against Lawton Eisenhower.
Twenty two penalties were called for 215 yards in a sloppy, and sometimes heated game.
The Pioneers (5-5 overall, 4-2 in Class 6A 2 District 2) accounted for eight of the penalties for 100 yards, including a holding
penalty early in the first quarter that brought back a Connor Wilcoxen touchdown run.
Defensively, the Pioneers were called for three personal fouls, including a late-hit personal foul after they recovered an
Eisenhower onside kick with less than a minute remaining.
Cameron University Police were called to both stands multiple times to speak with parents at the requests of the officials.
The situation escalated at the end of the third quarter when the officials stopped the game for five minutes to ask police to remove
one Stillwater parent from the game for his inappropriate comments directed toward the crew.
Although players and coaches were clearly upset with multiple calls, Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard said he did what he could,
but the officials wouldn't stop.
"I kept talking to those referees and they wouldn't stop throwing them," he said. "It was heated, for sure. When you get to these
games where someone's season is ending, it always gets chippy. We have to be smarter. We are getting penalties that we don't
need to get."
Barnard said a majority of the personal fouls were due to the Pioneers reacting to things the Eagles said. The reactions forced
officials to call offsetting unsportsmanlike penalties instead of only throwing one on Eisenhower (1-9, 1-5).
"We can't do that," Barnard said. "That's not good football. For the most part, it's us having to keep our cool and playing smart
As for the Pioneers, multiple players openly wondered why the game was so heated from their standpoint.
Running back Josiah Castleberry said it was good to see the defense's physical play again, but said the personal fouls and
unsportsmanlike penalties had to stop.
"Defensively there were a lot of personal fouls," he said. "There were some unnecessary his we shouldn't have had. I don't know
too much about that, but that's something that has to be fixed. We can't, make an extra hit on someone because it hurts us
Castleberry said these kind of mistakes should be fixed before the Pioneers return home for the first home playoff game since
2006 next week against Sand Springs.
11-9-15 by Patrick Osborne