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9-16-17 by Jordan R. King
Freshman running back Qwontrel Walker took a handoff around the left edge on Stillwater's first play.

Sixty-one yards later, he was pushed out of bounds at the 1.

Senior running back Tyler Disidore ran into the end zone on the next play.

Stillwater led the rest of the game on its way to a 31-14 win against Mustang in a nonconference game Friday night at Pioneer Stadium.

The Pioneers moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2014, coach Tucker Barnard said.

Walker added a 33-yard touchdown run with 9:04 left in the third quarter; he finished with 163 yards.

Stillwater caught Mustang (2-1) with a fake punt to set up Walker's touchdown. Senior linebacker Winston Watkins took the direct snap for 18 yards on fourth-and-4.

"That was awesome," Watkins said. "I haven't had the ball in my hands my whole high school career and I got to run it tonight."

Watkins had his second double-digit tackle game in a row, for he finished with 12. He also recovered a fumble with about three minutes left. Watkins said he hopes he can continue the way he is playing.

"I'm at my peak right now, I'm gonna try and make this peak go as long as I can," Watkins.
"Next week, I'm gonna be all over the field."

"There ain't no one that can stop me."

The Pioneers' defense didn't need much help; it shut the Broncos out until 1:29 left in the third quarter when Brayden Garrett, Mustang's senior quarterback, found senior receiver Mason Lowe. By that point, the Pioneers had built a 24-0 lead.

The Pioneers had a defensive stand with fewer than seven minutes to play. Tyler Disidore knocked Garrett out at the 7, just short of the first down.
The Broncos helped the Pioneers' defense, for they made mistakes, which Stillwater capitalized on.

Punter Drew Boulware let the ball go through his hands late in the first quarter; junior cornerback Morgan Prawl fell on it. Garrett Leming kicked a field goal on the ensuing possession.

It was one of several big plays Prawl made.

Garrett threw four first-half interceptions, and Prawl had two.

Prawl's first interception came on the Broncos' second 10-play drive; Mustang was inside the Pioneers' 20.

Disidore and senior safety Steven Gentry had the other two interceptions; Disidore finished with nine tackles and an interception. Disidore sealed the game with fewer than three minutes left with a 69-yard touchdown run.

Disidore said though he didn't have a lot of success running the ball, he knew his line would open a hole eventually.

"Those guys up front played great tonight," Disidore said. "I can't complain."

Early success on the ground allowed the Pioneers' passing attack to prosper.

Senior wide receiver Evan Thomas caught a touchdown pass from Gunnar Gundy on the 10th play of a drive with 3:29 left in the first quarter. It was Thomas' third touchdown in two home games.

The Broncos went no huddle and had more success in the fourth quarter, for seniors Mason Lowe, a wide receiver, and Carlos Thomas, a running back, were able to find space.

Lowe and Thomas combined for 153 yards.

Mustang made it a 10-point game with 4:13 to go when senior running back Darrien Dumas scored.

The Pioneers' defense stood up with a forced fumble and it turned the Broncos over on downs inside the final six minutes.

Gundy missed an opportunity to seal the game with about five minutes left. He overthrew Thomas, who was wide open at midfield on third-and-3.

Gundy said he didn't even see Thomas; he said his pass was intended for Leming, who was behind the safety.

"I overthrew it," Gundy said. "Down the road I do need to make that throw."



Evan Thomas A Big Part Of SHS Plan

Evan Thomas has been a big part of the Stillwater game plan.

Thomas battled with Mustang's secondary to help the Pioneers beat the Broncos 31-14 in a nonconference game at Pioneer Stadium on Friday night.

Thomas got going on Stillwater's second drive. He caught four passes from sophomore quarterback Gunnar Gundy for 32 of the drive's 80 yards.

One of those plays was a 10-yard gain on third-and-10.
He followed it on the next play with a 7-yard touchdown reception with 3:29 left in the first quarter.

Thomas said he thought the third-down catch was more important.
"I'm just doing everything I can for the team," Thomas said. "I knew I had to make that catch to get the first down and set up something around the goal line."
Thomas also drew a 15-yard pass interference penalty on the drive; the physicality would be a theme that developed.

Thomas said he saw on film earlier in the week that it was going to be a physical game.
"They pressed a little bit more than I thought they would, but it wasn't anything that really caught us off-guard," Thomas said.

The physical nature was not between only receivers and the secondary; there were offsetting personal foul penalties on a Stillwater punt with about 10 minutes left.

Barnard said Thomas and Leming played well, especially with some run-game struggles in the middle of the game.

"As the season goes on and we get some of this stuff in the run-game fixed up, they're gonna have a great year," Barnard said. "They're already off to a great start."
In two home games, Thomas has 151 yards and three touchdowns.
Thomas said he enjoys when he is a bigger part of the game plan, but he is always ready.
"I just try to do what I can do for the team," Thomas said. "Hopefully whenever it starts going to me a little bit it spreads it out a little bit and we can start running the ball."
Thomas' night could have been bigger; Gundy missed him with about five minutes left after Thomas had gotten behind the defense.

Thomas beat the cornerback and was alone at midfield, but Gundy's pass went over his head.
Gundy said he missed Thomas and he is glad it didn't cost the team.

"I should have made that," Gundy said. "I didn't realize Evan wouldn't be covered, so I looked at Garrett."