Stillwater's Season Ends In Round 1
11-14-15 by Patrick Osborne
It was tied at halftime Friday night at Pioneer Stadium.
Unfortunately for the Stillwater, it was punts versus touchdowns.
Stillwater trailed early and was unable to recover in a 49-14 loss to Sand Springs in the first round of the Class 6A 2 playoffs.
Lane Lettich finished a 69-yard opening drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to give the Sandites a lead they never lost.
After a Stillwater three-and-out the next drive, Sand Springs quarterback Hunter Greathouse threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to
Trace Fleischman to give the Sandites a 14-0 lead.
The Sandites (6-4 overall) forced another three-and-out the next Stillwater drive, and showed it didn't need its offense on the field
Delvin Jordan blocked the second of Zach Bryant's five punts in the half inside the 10.
Bryant attempted to pick the ball up out of the end zone and punt the ball again but was called for illegal touching.
The call resulted in a safety to give the Sandites a 16-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Two plays later, Lettich found an opening up the middle and was never touched on a 22-yard touchdown run to give Sand Springs
a 23-0 lead.
Stillwater (5-6) did find some success its next drive.
A Jordan Brown 61-yard touchdown run the first play of the drive cut the Stillwater deficit to 23-7 with fewer than two minutes left
in the quarter.
Stillwater forced Sand Springs to punt for the first time its next drive and look to be in prime position to take the momentum, but
was forced to punt after five plays.
After a holding call canceled a 54-yard Lettich touchdown run on the first play, Greathouse connected with a wide-open
Fleischman for a 58-yard touchdown pass to give Sand Springs a 29-7 lead.
Sand Springs wasn't done scoring before the half, though.
Fleischman took the snap and scored from the 4-yard and to give the Sandites a 36-7 lead at halftime.
The Pioneers were outgained 289-112.
"They were more physical than us," Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard said. "They played better than we did."
Barnard said lopsided losses are never easy, but no loss this time of year is easy.
"There's no easy way to go out unless you win," he said. "You lose 7-6 and it hurts. You lose 49 to (14) and it hurts. However
you lose it hurts when you're done. It's your last time, so it's always a tough way to go out.
"We didn't expect to give up that many points, we obviously expected to score more points too but sometimes you get out
played and coached and it happens. I'm proud they kept fighting."
For 23 Pioneers, the loss was their final game in a Stillwater uniform.
Although he is looking forward to his senior year next year, quarterback Jace Brownlee said it would be hard to say goodbye.
"I love all the seniors," he said. "I'm going to miss them. It won't be the same without them."