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10-22-16 by Stephen Foster
Stillwater's rushing attack keeps playoff hopes alive as Stillwater defeats Enid.

The 35-10 victory extends the Pioneers win streak against the Plainsmen to four games. The Pioneers (4-4, 2-3) rushed 55 times for 395 yards.

"That's what we have to do to win football games," head coach Tucker Barnard said. "We don't have a lot of really big plays we grind it out a little bit. To do that you have to have field position."

Stillwater scored its first touchdown following the Lane Grant interception. Runs of 18 and 16 yards by Josiah Castleberry set up Pioneers in the red zone and Tyler Disidore finished the drive with a 5-yard rushing touchdown.

"We weren't able to be as efficient during the running game for the last couple of week," Castleberry said. "We inserted a couple of stuff and the line worked really hard to become physical this game."

The Pioneers scored rushing touchdowns on its next two possessions to take a 21-to-3 lead heading in halftime.

"Our O-line was making big gaps," Quarterback Jace Brownlee said. "Our O-line did a lot tonight. I think its cause I took them out to eat yesterday."

Along with the running game the defense forced four interceptions. Cornerback Brandan Goad caught two of those interceptions.

"This whole week of practice we knew they like to throw the ball around," Goad said. "We are an aggressive defense and we like to get after the ball and today we really showed that often."

Castleberry lead the team with 17 carries for 201-yards and two touchdowns. His longest run of the night came on a 53-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

"He had some really good runs," Barnard said "He looked really good and all three tailbacks Josiah, Jace and Tyler all had some really nice runs tonight."

Brownlee and Disidore combined for 183 yards and three touchdowns to go along with Castleberry.

The lone bright spot for the Plainsmen's (3-5, 2-3) came at 10:16 left in the fourth quarter. Skimager threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Will Phillips.

"Were not happy giving that up late," Barnard said. "It felt like a little bit of a mental let down on our side."

The win gives the Pioneers its second straight district win after falling to 0-3. The Pioneers have two district games remaining on its schedule.

"I think it shows we haven't given up yet," Disidore said. "We started off 0-and-3 in district, but after that first win in Choctaw we started picking it up."

After tonight's victory Castleberry questions if there even is a rivalry between Enid.

"I've been hearing people say that Enid and Stillwater is more of a rivalry game," Castleberry said. "The last couple of times we have beaten the crap out of them so honestly I don't know."