Pioneers Put On A Show For Homecoming Crowd
9-30-17 by Jordan R. King
The homecoming festivities started early, and so did the Stillwater offense.
The Pioneers scored three plays after the opening kick.
The quick start led the Pioneers to a 49-7 win in 6A-II District 1 game against Putnam City
West at Pioneer Stadium on Friday night.
It took Stillwater 13 plays to build a 21-0 lead. It scored twice in 1:24, for its defense forced a
fumble on the Patriots first play of the second drive.
Coach Tucker Barnard said his defense was opportunistic to create Putnam City West
The defense had four fumble recoveries, including one for Winston Watkins, who tied to lead
the team with five tackles.
The Pioneers (5-0 overall and 2-0 in district play) punted for the first time with 5:52 left in the
first half but had built a 28-0 lead by that point.
Senior running back Tyler Disidore was the main second-half runner; he had 43 yards and two
Disidore said he it going to let himself enjoy the win because it is his last homecoming.
"Saturday you celebrate," Disidore said. "Sunday it's right back to work."
Stillwater's offense struggled during the middle of the game; it failed to score from about 10
minutes left in the first quarter until 3:12 left in the third.
The Pioneers' defense held the Patriots (1-4, 0-2) to one touchdown during that period.
Putnam City West hurt itself on more than a handful of times. In addition to the four fumbles,
penalties negated big plays.
Barnard credited his defense, which moved before the snap to confuse the offense.
With 6:32 left in the first quarter, a personal foul penalty on the kickoff return brought back a
touchdown, which would have drawn the Patriots to 14-7. Putnam City West fumbled on the
On Putnam City West's first drive of the second quarter, it was down to the Stillwater 9. The
Patriots committed two personal foul penalties, unnecessary roughness and taunting, which
moved them back 32 yards.
The Patriots' run game was the basis for their success. Senior running back Tyvone Ellis led
Putnam City West with 50 rushing yards; sophomore Darrius Sharp had 46 and scored.
Putnam City West ran an option offense, which had success, but the offense could not
overcome the mistakes.
Stillwater had 269 rushing yards compared to 119 passing yards, which differed from Sept. 22
against Deer Creek.
Senior wide receiver Evan Thomas led the Pioneers in receiving yards with 57. He said the
offense is dangerous because it can be unpredictable between pass and run.
Thomas said the atmosphere and occasion of his last homecoming added something extra.
"It's my last one," Thomas said. "That was really big [for me]."
Stillwater O-Line Paving The Way
Freshman running back Qwontrel Walker could have walked into the end zone twice.
The Stillwater offensive line opened huge holes for Walker as the Pioneers beat Putnam City
West 49-7 on Friday night at Pioneer Stadium in 6A-II District 1 play.
Walker ran 11 times in the first 13 plays, including runs of 26, which came on the first play,
and 31, which came on the second drive.
Walker said Friday, the running success was not because of him.
"It's really not me, it's my linemen," Walker said. "I just do the work afterwards."
After those plays, Stillwater led 21-0; Walker scored twice and finished with 242 yards.
Walker was not the only running back to benefit from the play of the offensive line, for senior
Tyler Disidore and sophomore Sean Preston scored a third-quarter touchdown.
Disidore, part of the homecoming court that was honored before the game, scored his second
touchdown, a 7-yard run, with 5:38 left.
Disidore said the team wanted to stay undefeated; he said his blockers showed that.
"[The offensive line] left it out there tonight," Disidore said. "We really wanted that 5-0."
It did not matter which side the running backs ran through; there was a hole.
Seniors left tackle Stone Mesa and center Jake Gray, who were also honored before the game
as part of the homecoming court, were large reasons for the ground success.
Mesa said the rushing stats show how well the offensive line played.
"All you gotta say is five rushing touchdowns," Mesa said. "You know it was the [offensive]
Gray said he didn't think about the homecoming celebrations after the game started; he said it
was just another game in his mind.
He said the preparations were different because of the festivities, but glad it didn't affect the
"It feels really good," Gray said. "It means we're doing our jobs right."
Walker said he is difficult to bring down if the defense can't touch him until he is into a full
Walker said tonight was another step for him to reach his goal; he said he wants to run for
1,000 yards. He said there is no time to celebrate.
"It's straight back to work for me for the next opponent," Walker said.
Coach Tucker Barnard said it's another positive performance for the line and the running game,
which he said has improved during the past few weeks.