Pioneer Faithful Impressed By 2017 Debut
The 2017 Stillwater Football Pioneers opened up in scrimmage action this past Friday night
at Pioneer Stadium. Stillwater hosted 9th, JV, and Varsity scrimmages including teams from
Yukon, Putnam City North, Ponca City, and Norman. The visitors came to compete, but the
Pioneers really stole the show from start to finish.
The Pioneer defensive line, featuring the lone returning starter - Kameron Linsenmeyer
along with Karsten Schuessler, Artie Smith, Chris Nelson, and Ivan Porter were dominant.
They caused havoc in the opponent’s backfield most of the night. 34 of the 61 defensive
plays had the Pioneers holding the offense to zero yards or less!
Linebackers Tyler Disidore, Winston Watkins, and Sean Preston were just as impressive and
Defensive Backs Caden Caffey, Steven Gentry, Lane Grant, and Morgan Prawl took away the
pass all night.
The Pioneer Offense was not to be outdone, scoring 11 touchdown on the night. Gunnar
Gundy touchdown passes….3 to Garrett Leming and another 2 to Evan Thomas.
Meanwhile, the familiar power running game that the Pioneers have relied on last several
years showed even more explosiveness with 3 touchdowns from Qwontrel Walker and 2
more added by Tyler Disidore. Michael Lauvetz and Cal Tracy also made valuable catches,
body blows, if you will in the middle of the field that softened the defense for both the run
game and the deep throws.The Stillwater offensive line may have been the silent heroes of
the night. You won’t see them scoring touchdowns, but watch them closely and you will see
them litter the field with opposing defensive linemen. Spencer Carter, Stone Mesa, and
Jake Gray - all returning starters, along with Sam Smith and Hazer Xanders are big and they
are physical. You can bet they will be busting holes open all season.
The final segment of the scrimmage had the Pioneers competing against each of the 4
visitor’s in a “drive to score” format, which was played similar to an actual game, excepting
the kicking the kicking game. Yukon’s one score during this segment against the Pioneers
on a busted play was the only bright spot for the opposing offenses, while the Pioneer
Offense scored on 6 out of the seven drives that time allowed. Pioneer fans have a lot to
be excited about as anticipation grows for the season opener.