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Midwest City Defeats Stillwater In Week 10
11-6-17 by Jordan R. King
Midwest City scored 11 seconds after halftime.

It was part of a scoring run that helped the Bombers beat Stillwater 35-21 on Friday night at Rose Field to close out Class 6AII-District 1 play.

The loss confirmed Stillwater finished third in the district, which means it will play at Bixby, who finished second in District 2, next Friday night at 7:30. Midwest City (9-1, 6-0) clinched the district title and will play Sand Springs next Friday.

Junior quarterback Preston Colbert found senior receiver Juwan Walker on the 60-yard score on a slant play. Stillwater running back Tyler Disidore said the plays Midwest City runs gave the Pioneers problems.

"We knew they were gonna be athletic, they have some quick dudes," Disidore said. "They ran a lot of slants and screens."

Midwest City scored with 1:52 left in the second quarter; the drive took 1:17. Walker had the big play of the drive; he caught a screen pass and ran 40 yards down the sideline.

On the next play, Colbert found DeClaudio Irvin on a 10-yard slant for the touchdown. Colbert passed to Walker to convert the two-point play.

Colbert finished the first half with 134 yards passing, 77 of which went to Walker.

However, Stillwater struggled through the air, for quarterback Gunnar Gundy finished the first half 2-for-6 passing for 35 yards.

Gundy said it is fun to play against a talented defense, especially the defensive line of Midwest City.

"It is hard at the same time because they are good players," Gundy said. "They are going to hit you hard and they're never going to stop. It's a good learning experience."

The Pioneers continued their success running; freshman Qwontrel Walker had 87 yards and senior Tyler Disidore had 92 in the first half to go with two first-half touchdowns.

The running game was not perfect, though. Stillwater had an opportunity to score after it took a 7-0 lead on a Disidore 1-yard touchdown, but Walker fumbled at the Midwest City 31.

Walker fumbled a second time with about six minutes left and the Pioneers trailing 28-21; the Bombers scored on the ensuing drive.

The Pioneers' special teams made a mistake on their first possession; the snap went over Garrett Leming's head and he was only able to fall on the ball after a 15-yard loss. The play allowed the Bombers to start at the Stillwater 37.

The defense stopped the Bombers on the first two drives, including two sacks on the second drive. Junior Winston Watkins sacked Colbert for a 6-yard loss and junior Dakota Blankenship sacked Colbert, who had the snap go over his head, for a 9-yard loss.

Midwest City scored on its next four possessions to extend its lead to 28-13.

Gundy said it was a game of mistakes.

"We made the most mistakes, the most turnovers," Gundy said. "They took advantage of it."

Pioneers Get Good Experience Against Talented Bombers
Teams with two distinct styles played, and big plays won.

Midwest City imposed its game plan on Stillwater as the Bombers beat the Pioneers 35-21 on Friday night at Rose Field.

It was the last game in 6AII-District 1 play with Midwest City clinching the district title and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. The Bombers (9-1 overall, 7-0 in district) will host Sand Springs next week.

Stillwater finished 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the district, and finished third behind Midwest City and Lawton. The Pioneers will play at Bixby next Friday at 7:30.

The Bombers used long plays to beat the Pioneer defense. Senior wide receiver Juwan Walker had receptions of 40 and 60 yards during a 21-0 run that spanned the second and third quarters.

Midwest City led 28-13 after that span. Junior quarterback Preston Colbert moved the Bombers' offense efficiently, for he was 15-for-19 for 230 yards.

Colbert accounted for every Midwest City touchdown, three passing and two rushing.

Coach Tucker Barnard said Colbert made big plays when the Bombers needed.

"He made some big plays where it looks like we got him, but he's a heck of a ball player and made some plays," Barnard said.

Stillwater's offense used a more methodical approach with the running game though it had several long runs.

Senior Tyler Disidore had runs of 58 and 36, and scored three touchdowns. It was his fourth straight game with as many scores. Disidore had 155 yards rushing, and freshman Qwontrel Walker had 102, but Walker fumbled twice.

Barnard said it is a learning experience for Walker.

"It's hard," Barnard said. "Things don't always go your way. You gotta come back and do it again."

The passing game had little success, for quarterback Gunnar Gundy was 4-for-9 for 44 yards.

He said the challenge to play against the best competition was fun, but hard.

Game Notes
- Stillwater Injuries

Stillwater had several players leave the game with injuries during its 35-21 loss at Rose Field to Midwest City on Friday night.

Senior left guard Stone Mesa left the game with 31 seconds left in the third quarter after an extra point. He was not able to put any weight on his left foot. He said he was going to get an x-ray to figure out whether the problem was with the foot, ankle or Achilles' tendon.

Linebacker Winston Watkins had ice on his right shoulder after the game. He left for a short period, but did not know how bad the injury was.

Coach Tucker Barnard said the first priority is to try to get as healthy as possible before the game at Bixby next Friday. Senior Tyler Disidore said the motto is next man up.

"[Everyone's] gotta work up in practice because you never know what could happen," Disidore said.

- Increased Offensive Output
The Pioneers offense was more prolific through this regular season than it was in 2016.

Stillwater (8-2, 5-2) rushed for 32 touchdowns this year, one more than the team's total rushing and passing last season. Disidore scored 17 touchdowns, 12 of which came in the past four games.

Quarterback Gunnar Gundy was at the helm of a passing attack that scored 15 touchdowns, which was 11 more than last season.

- Watkins Reaches 100
Watkins reached 100 tackles on Friday night, finishing the regular season with 101 tackles. He had 10 tackles for loss and three sacks.

He had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, and earlier in the season Barnard said he was a defensive leader.