Most of the drama for Stillwater High’s homecoming matchup with Del City on Friday night at Hamilton Field took place before the football game.

Who would be queen?

As far as football was concerned, the Pioneers took advantage of eight Del City turnovers and rolled to a 42-0 victory. It was Stillwater’s fifth straight win and moved them to 3-0 in District 6A-3 games.

“(Getting turnovers) makes life easier,” said SHS coach Rusty Atkins, whose 5-1 squad travels to Enid next Friday. “The defense is fighting hard and giving the offense opportunities. And the offense is taking advantage.

“We are 3-0, got a shutout and got those important district points.”

With Union’s thrashing of Tulsa Memorial and Broken Arrow’s win over Enid, three teams sit atop the district standings at 3-0.

Getting to 3-0 took one half of football for SHS.

Eric Murphy’s 27-yard field goal made it 3-0 midway through the first quarter. Just over a minute later, Tyral Kearney scored the first of his two first-half touchdowns when he hammered DC’s Keno Meadows, picked up the loose football and raced 72 yards for a score. He would add a 94-yard interception return late in the second quarter as the hosts took a 36-0 lead into intermission.

“I had fun (Friday),” said Kearney, who has four picks in 2006. “The defense has to put points on the board. It started last week at Tulsa Memorial and carried over into this week.

“Our job is to force turnovers. We really made a statement the last two weeks as to why we are one of the best defenses in the state.”

The Eagles (0-6, 0-3) totaled just 82 yards of offense. Del City fumbled on its first play from scrimmage, but Meadows raced 36 and 15 yards on the Eagles’ next two plays after Murphy’s field goal. Sophomore quarterback Alex Webster completed just 3-of-10 passes for seven yards and led the Eagles to just three first downs.

Chris Perry rushed for 73 yards on 21 carries. His 8-yard TD run was set up by a Walker Clarke intercepion with 4:38 to play in quarter No. 1.

Darrius Williams’ 63-yard run set up SHS’s third score, a 37-yard field goal by Murphy with 6:55 left in the half.

A series later, Marcus Farmer sacked Webster, who fumbled near midfield. Nose tackle Patrick Dickens scooped up the loose ball, and were it not for Earl Sparrow blocking a DC player into Dickens’ legs, the 260-pound senior still might be running.

“The bottom line is that we wanted to play hard for homecoming and the fans that were here,” Atkins said. “It was fun to see a Patrick Dickens make a play. Right now we have to focus on getting some of our injured guys healthy.”

Dicken’s recovery led to another Murphy field goal, this one a 29-yarder.

Matt Zapata’s interception would help the Pioneers build a 29-0 lead. Luke Murray found Jared Cunningham with a 27-yard pass and Murray would sneak it in from the 1-yard line.

Del City had its best chance at points late in the half when Ismail Calhoun stripped Austin Standage on a punt return and returned it to the SHS 5-yard line. However, much like the frustration of an 0-6 season, the Eagles picked up nothing on first down, had a procedure penalty before a fumbled snap on second down and on third down Webster’s lazy pass to the sidelines was picked off by Kearney and taken back the length of the field.

Most of the final quarter saw SHS reserves, including quarterback Keaton Brewer and running backs Chance Rathbun and Dakota Higgins, run the offense. Rathbun, a sophomore, rushed for 64 yards on 14 carries before getting injured late. He was taken off the field on a stretcher and to the hospital.

A play after Rathbun was injured, Higgins scored his first career TD on a 1-yard run to close out the scoring.

FYI ... Carly Frazier was named homecoming queen, edging Kelsi Jones and Brianna Davis.

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