Shawnee touchdowns in the first minute of each half set the tone Friday night as the 10th-ranked Wolves dominated the visiting Skiatook Bulldogs, 42-7, in District 5A-3 action.
“We wanted to start fast,” Shawnee head coach Billy Brown said. “We started off slow last week (a 28-14 loss at McAlester), so we wanted to start fast and make them play catch-up, and we were able to do that.”
Shawnee (4-2 overall, 2-1 in district) reached the end zone on its first two possessions and led 21-0 at halftime.
The Bulldogs’ long night started very early as they fumbled the ball away on their first play from scrimmage. Running back Gavin Pilgrim coughed it up while trying to run around the left side and SHS defensive end Tristan Johnson recovered.
On the next two snaps, Dillion Dutton ran for a 3-yard gain, then a 15-yard touchdown. With 11:07 showing on the first-quarter clock, Shawnee was already up, 7-0.
Skiatook (2-4, 2-1) was able to keep the ball for 11 plays on its next offensive series before punting it away. Shawnee got the ball back on its 10-yard line.
It only took three plays for the Wolves to be celebrating another touchdown. On a third-and-1 from the 19, quarterback John Jacobs dropped back to pass, but quickly found three Skiatook defenders coming at him. Jacobs tucked the ball, broke a tackle in the backfield, rolled out to his left and found a lot of open field. The scramble started an 81-yard TD run down the left sideline.
In the second quarter, Dutton capped a 14-play drive for the Wolves with a 1-yard TD plunge. The score was made possible by Isaiah Strayhorn’s fake punt near midfield on fourth-and-3 that gained five yards.
Skiatook’s Kyle McLaughlin, who is considered one of the best running backs in Class 5A, had 13 carries in the first half for just 37 yards.
“They have a really good rushing attack with the second-leading rusher in the state in the large classes,” Brown said. “We held him in check most of the night.”
Up 21-0 at halftime, the Wolves struck quickly again in the second half. On the first play from scrimmage, Dutton took off on a 28-yard run. Jacobs connected with Kendall Gilbert for a 7-yard completion, then found Chris Lester for a 22-yard TD pass.
Once again, three snaps into the half, this time with 11:05 on the clock, Shawnee was in the end zone and up 28-0.
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Skiatook responded with its lone scoring drive, which covered 64 yards. McLaughlin finally got loose on the seventh play of the possession, running for a 35-yard TD.
Later in the quarter, the Wolves got an 18-yard completion to Lester, a 12-yard pass to Tanner Newman and a 19-yard scramble by Jacobs before Lester’s 4-yard TD catch made the score 35-7.
Shawnee completed the blowout with Shade Franklin scoring on a 10-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.
The Wolves finished with 436 total yards, compared to 242 for the Bulldogs. Shawnee had 283 rushing yards overall and Jacobs was 18-of-29 passing for 153.
As expected, McLaughlin led the guests with 124 rushing yards. Skiatook quarterback Stephen Upton went 15-of-25 passing for 99 yards.
The only turnover was the Bulldogs’ lost fumble in the opening seconds of the game.
Now at 4-2 overall and 2-1 in district play, Shawnee is in good shape as they seek a 5A playoff spot.
“I feel good about where we’re at, but we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Brown said. “You really want to be peaking come playoff time. We’re definitely not peaking now, so we’ve got some work to do, but I think we can get there and get it done.”
The Wolves head to Tulsa Thursday to take on Bishop Kelly.