Stillwater News Press

September 14, 2013

Area football teams had dominating performances on defense

By Andrew Glover
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Pawnee Black Bears only scored seven points against the Hominy Bucks Friday in Hominy — that’s all they needed in a 7-0 victory.

“We played tough defense all night,” coach Marlon Houston said. “We held the ball longer than they did.”

Pawnee held possession for 27:15, six more minutes than Hominy. The Black Bears defense had to hold off a Bucks’ rally as they were driving for the tying score in the final seconds of the game. The Black Bears made it difficult for Hominy to pass as it completed just nine of 28 passes for 129 yards. Houston said it was an exciting win for his team.

“We’ve definitely played with determination and fought through adversity,” Houston said. “We’re definitely handling it better and you can chalk that up to experience. It’s about how you respond to situations. It was very exciting for us.”

Marlon Houston Jr. scored the only touchdown. He ran for 51 yards to the Hominy six and took the ball in on the next play. Houston Jr. rushed for 126 yards and completed seven of nine passes for 111 yards. While coach is pleased with the win he added there are some areas his team can improve.

“We need to score more points,” Houston said. “We had a couple touchdowns called back with penalties. We weren’t able to score after that. The kids are responded well and playing for the next stat and the next down. (On Friday) we were able to go that and played hard enough to win.”

Bulldogs blank Wellston

The Yale Bulldogs continue to give opponents fits as they improved to 2-0 with a 38-0 shutout victory over Wellston.

“The defensive line played good,” coach Craig Ellis said. “I think Wellston only gained three first downs the whole game. Our linemen stayed down and helped the linebackers and secondary make plays.”

Ellis said he kept Wellston’s defense off balance by mixing up the play calls.

“We completed quite a few passes,” Ellis said. “I wanted to get our inside game going but Wellston played tough. Overall we did a good job of executing the offense. We only had to punt twice.”

Quarterback JR Wakely led the Bulldogs’ offense with 113 yards passing and threw four touchdown passes. Wakely also was a threat on the ground with 42 yards rushing — most of those yards were on a 29-yard touchdown run. Devion Saunders had 188 all-purpose yards, scored three touchdowns and caught two 2-point conversion passes from Wakely.

Coyle’s defense pitches second straight shutout

After two games, no one has been able to get past the Coyle Bluejackets’ defense as it shutout the Woodland Cougars 46-0 Friday in Coyle.

Coach Shane Weathers said Woodland was able to move the ball running but a few adjustments changed that.

“We changed our coverage,” Weathers said. “We moved our corners up to help with the run. We moved our linebackers a couple of steps to help with the outside run. Once we stopped their run we made them go to the air and we were able to get a couple of picks and turnovers.”

Ryan and Jared Weathers each intercepted a pass. The Bluejackets visit Rejoice Christian at 7:30 p.m. Friday.