Run Heavy Attack Powers Pioneers
10-22-16 by Corinne Simpson
It's hard to consider a game a rivalry after three consecutive wins.
And the Stillwater Pioneers continued the tradition with a 35-10 win over the Enid Plainsmen, Thursday.
The offensive attack looked different as the Pioneers used a run heavy attack with three tailbacks and limited the throwing.
"All three of our tailbacks had some really nice runs tonight," coach Tucker Barnard said. "The other thing that that tells you is
the offensive line is doing a good job in getting people blocked up."
Stillwater recorded 395 yards on the ground and only threw the ball four times.
Senior Josiah Castleberry led the way with 201 yards of his own and two touchdowns.
"I don't know, I just do what I do," Castleberry said. "We worked really hard to get really physical this game."
The Pioneers were in control most of the game, despite an early field goal from Enid.
"We don't have a lot of big plays," Barnard said. "We have to grind it out a little bit and get in position to make plays. Its definitely
a recipe for winning football games."
Castleberry's 53-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter put the momentum into Stillwater's hands and the running game
did not let up.
Castleberry added an additional touchdown in the third quarter to put the game out of reach for Enid.
Senior Tyler Disidore, who was all over the field, had eight tackles and two touchdowns. He admitted that playing both sides of
the ball helps him too. When the defense makes big stops, it only helps the offense.
"It makes our offense easier," Disidore said. "Its less field to cover and we go boom boom boom, they can't stop it. That helps our
offense's rhythm when the defense stops them."
Although Barnard has been adamant of the starting quarterback position, freshman Gunnar Gundy got the start tonight, with
senior Jace Brownlee contributing in the wildcat formation.
Junior Garrett Leming spent most of his night at wide receiver with one catch for 13 yards.
Brownlee finished with 120 yards and one touchdown and found his niche in the second half. In the fourth quarter, Brownlee was
pushing through Enid's defensive line and consistently took several Plainsmen to bring him down.
"Our o-line was making big gaps and did a lot tonight," Brownlee said. "They had a really good game up front so it was easy to
run through those big holes."
Stillwater's defense proved to be suffocating once again with four interceptions and limited Enid's offense to 213 yards, despite a
long touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.
"We are a really aggressive defense that likes to go get after people," Brendan Goad said. "We like to go after balls and tonight
we really showed that often."
Goad had two interceptions of his own including one that he returned 64 yards, but unfortunately for the Pioneers, they would turn
it right back over on a Brownlee fumble.
"I'm just having a rough time holding onto the ball," Brownlee said. "I just get antsy and trying to do much at one time and I just
lose track of the ball."
Luckily for Brownlee, that fumble didn't cost the Pioneers anything tonight.
Penalties and clock management crushed any chance Enid had of catching the Pioneers, considering the success Stillwater had
running the ball.
But that running game brought the Pioneers back into playoff contention in a district that still sits wide open.
"We gotta win two more," Brownlee said. "This district is up for a scramble. We could always go top three."
But with that district picture open, it comes with the pressure and determination.
"It's a lot of pressure," Castleberry said. "We just really want to make it to the playoffs, so we are just surviving right now and
beat through the rest of our games."
Two games sit in the way of Stillwater and the playoff's but a win in a rivalry game is always something to enjoy.
"I've been hearing people say it's a rivalry," Castleberry said. "The last couple times, we've just beaten the crap out of them, so I
don't know, it's hard (to consider it a rivalry), but its motivation."