Pioneers Come Up Short At Lawton
10-6-17 by Jordan R. King
Lawton quarterback Alias Hopper passed to Dominick Neal in the left corner of the end zone
for a touchdown on its first possession of the third quarter.
Stillwater struggled to stop the Wolverines from scoring during a 42-29 loss on Friday night at
Neal's catch, which was for 16 yards, made the game 28-3 at the time.
After a scoreless first quarter, Lawton scored 21 second-quarter points. Stillwater helped the
Wolverines in the form of two turnovers during the quarter.
Senior wide receiver Garrett Leming caught a screen pass early in the second quarter, but
fumbled the ball when a group of Lawton defenders spun him around.
"We didn't get off the bus, as they say," Leming said.
Sophomore quarterback Gunnar Gundy threw his first interception of the season on the
Pioneers' first drive. It was the first of three interceptions.
Gundy threw behind Leming on the first drive of the third quarter and overthrew Evan Thomas
The loss dropped the Pioneers (5-1, 2-1 in district) to second place in 6A-II District 1 play.
They trail Midwest City, who won at Choctaw 27-3 on Friday night.
Lawton (4-2, 2-1) was led by junior running back Miles Davis, who wore no. 3, no. 19 and no.
29 throughout the game because of torn jerseys.
It wasn't for a lack of effort from Stillwater; the Pioneers trailed 28-3 with 7:51 left.
In 4:26, they cut the deficit to 28-23. The kicking unit played a big part during the scoring run,
for it recovered two bloop-kicks that fell between the first two lines of Lawton's receiving team.
Leming had a four-play stretch that could not have gone much better.
Leming caught passes, one of 31 yards and one of 20, on back-to-back offensive plays for
touchdowns. After both touchdowns, he kicked the balls Stillwater recovered.
"It just fell into place," Leming said. "Gunnar put it where he needed, the guys up front gave
him time and we just made it happen.
"The guys on the kickoff did a great job racing to the ball and they got on it."
The Pioneers had a chance to take the lead with about five minutes left; Gundy threw his third
interception when his arm got hit. Lawton scored several plays later to put the game out of
Barnard said this week will tell a lot about the team and how it will respond to adversity.
Leming said he thinks it will make the team hungry moving forward.
"I would not be surprised to see us really come out and see us next week firing hot," Leming
said. "We're down, but we're not."
Disidore said the loss is humbling, but it might be good for the team.
"I think this will get us down to earth," Disidore said. "I think we're going to work even harder
this week in practice.
"We don't like losing; we do not like losing. I think this is really going to make us strive this
week and the following weeks."
SHS Shows New Looks In Week 6
Garrett Leming took the snap on fourth down and threw a pass.
It was a fake punt attempt; the ball hit the ground and the Pioneers turn the ball over to
The Pioneers unveiled several new plays in their 43-29 loss to the Wolverines on Friday night
at Cameron Stadium.
Leming played quarterback for Stillwater last season.
"Coach [Clarence] Holley saw a hole in it and it was there," Leming said. "We just bobbled it,
the guy put a hit on us and it came out.
"I think we catch that ball 50 percent, 75 percent of the time."
The Pioneers have used a zone-read look for hand-offs throughout the season, but rarely did
sophomore quarterback Gunnar Gundy keep the ball.
On Stillwater's second drive, Gundy faked to freshman running back Qwontrel Walker and ran;
Lawton tackled him about the line of scrimmage.
Coach Tucker Barnard said the team wasn't saving the new looks specifically for Lawton, but it
saw places that could benefit from different plays.
On the first drive of the second quarter, the Pioneers put senior running back Tyler Disidore in
the backfield with Walker.
Disidore handled the snaps to give Stillwater multiple running options on the field at the same
On the second play using that formation, Disidore fumbled a high snap, which forced a punt
later in the drive.
"We needed to create some different blocking situations," Barnard said. "[So we] put Tyler and
Qwontrel in the backfield at the same time."
Although he didn't have the success he wanted to, Disidore said he is excited about the play.
"I think it's a good look," Disidore said. "This is the first week we've installed it so it'll progress
the more we work on it."
Not every unique play Stillwater tried failed; the special teams recovered two of Leming's
blooped kicks. Barnard said the team was working on it throughout the week.
"We thought we had a chance at it," Barnard said. "It worked out."