Special to The Sun
Deer Creek pressured Shawnee into six turnovers as the Antlers strolled into the locker room with a 31-0 cushion Friday night at Shawnee High School. The Antlers closed out the Wolves with a 41-21 final.
“They’re (Shawnee) so explosive offensively and really good; we didn’t pull all our starters,” said Deer Creek head coach Grant Gower. “We felt like we were pretty much in control of the game, but with them, we just couldn’t let go.”
The Antlers, 2-0, got to the Wolfpack 6-yard line on the game’s initial series when Caden Sander picked off a Shawnee pass.
Then putting on his offensive hat, Sander passed to Jackson Smith on first down for a score.
On the Wolves’ second series, Deer Creek grabbed a fumble near midfield and Dillon Noble nailed a 55-yard field goal. Last year in the postseason against Ardmore, Noble popped a 57-yarder.
“He hit it good,” Gower said. “He stroked it up pretty good.”
Gower cited the high school rule of giving up the ball at the 20-yard line if a missed field goal goes into the end zone as the reason for some of Noble’s extreme kicks.
“To me, that’s a huge difference,” he added. “With his leg, he’s good to hit it and it is great having him as a weapon.”
The Antlers went up 17-0 on a 2-yard run by Alec James. James also caught a 6-yarder from Sander for a TD and Sander hit Cole Verble across the middle for a 20-yard touchdown pass.
Deer Creek hosts Class 6A Edmond Memorial on Friday.