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October 15, 2013

Pioneers look to overcome obstacles

STILLWATER, Okla. —

It sounds like a recipe for disaster. A backup quarterback who hasn’t played the position in two years, coupled with an already short week of practice against a team that has allowed more than 30 points just twice this season.

But that’s the situation the Stillwater High School football team finds itself in as the prepare for a rare Thursday game at Bartlesville.

“I don’t know who’s around feeling sorry for us,” Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard said. “It difficult for sure, but it’s the situation we’re in. We’ll do our best. We’ve got some competitive kids that  want to help us get this done.”

Now with junior quarterback Braxton Noble likely sidelined for the rest of the season with a knee injury, all eyes will turn to Jon Littell — a senior who played his first game in a year two weeks into the season and took his first snap of the season last week against Booker T. Washington.

“I think I’m going to have some butterflies just from it being (like) a Friday night, like I always do,” Littell said. “It’s not much different. Obviously, I’m the one out in charge there on the offensive side of the ball. It’s something I look forward to and I take it as a privilege. I’m just going to do everything I can to lead this team to a win Thursday.”

Littell may be a little greener as a quarterback than Barnard would like heading into Thursday’s game, but that doesn’t mean Stillwater (1-5, 1-3 in district) is just going to run the ball 50 times and take the loss.

“Jon is a different kid and different kind of quarterback than Braxton, but he can throw a football and he’s a great athlete,” Barnard said. “We hope to be able to find some things that we can take advantage of in Bartlesville’s defense and try to put some points on the board.

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