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10-13-17 by Josh Poteet
STILLWATER - The Pioneers ran, hurdled and powered their way through the Yellow Jackets.

The Stillwater Pioneer football team ran for five touchdowns in a 35-24 district win against the Choctaw Yellow Jackets on Thursday night at Pioneer Stadium.

Stillwater (6-1 overall, 3-1 district) rebounded after its first loss of the season last week at Lawton. The win against Choctaw (4-3, 1-3 district) keeps Stillwater in the race for the district title. The Pioneers are looking to win their first district title since moving up to the 6A2-I division.

"We talked a lot about responding this week and what that response said about us," Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard said. "If we win out, then we are likely gonna be in a three-way tie situation that will come down to points. We just gotta go win next week and take it one game at a time."

The Pioneers got off to a quick start with a 15-play drive for 64 yards to score on the game's opening drive. Choctaw answered quickly with Raymond Navarro scoring on a 4-yard run to tie the game at 7.

Freshman Qwontrel Walker would get in on the action later in the quarter when the running back sprinted into the end zone from 16 yards out to break the tie. Later in the second quarter, the Pioneers got a big play from senior cornerback Lane Grant, who stepped in for the injured Steven Gentry, intercepted Choctaw quarterback Hudson Woods and returned it to the Choctaw 17. Five plays later, senior Tyler Disidore barreled into the end zone for his second touchdown of the night.

Choctaw dominated the first 15 minutes of the second half as the Yellow Jackets gave up zero points and cut the Stillwater lead to 21-17 with 10 minutes left.

After 10 straight Yellow Jacket points, the Pioneer offense answered with a drive that was capped by Walker's second touchdown run to make it a 28-17 game with nine minutes left.

A few drives later, Choctaw got a big stop on fourth and inches and then drove down to the Stillwater 14 before putting the ball in the hands of their playmaker, Hudson Woods, who walked into the end zone to make it a 28-24 game at the four-minute mark.

With two minutes left, Disidore took a handoff from Gundy and powered through a defender on his way to the end zone, clinching Stillwater's third district win. Disidore's third touchdown was set up by a 57-yard rush by Walker where the freshman made a pair of Yellow Jacket's miss to put the Pioneers in striking distance

"I think we are a really good combo out of the backfield," Disidore said. "He gets all the yards and then I'm the big body and I power it in. I think that we can go pretty far."

Walker and Disidore combined for more than 200 yards and five touchdowns and let the Stillwater defense do the rest.
The Pioneer defense, which junior Winston Watkins led with 10 tackles, gave only up 258 yards to a Choctaw team that was averaging 325 yards per game before Thursday night.

"I thought the defense did a good job," Barnard said. "We kept saying they weren't gonna beat us throwing hitches to the sideline. Maybe they got more points then we wanted but they didn't beat us with that play."