Prather return

Stillwater High senior Brandon Prather (2) works his way through Putnam City West players on a kickoff return. Prather caught 48-yard touchdown pass in the first half.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Stillwater High football team’s playoff hopes are still shining bright as Cameron Mayberry rushed for four touchdowns in the first half of a 55-21 rout over the Putnam City West Patriots Friday.

“It was a good win,” coach Tucker Barnard said. “We kind of floundered around the last three weeks and had some bad breaks and all the excuses you want to come up with over the last three weeks. We felt we needed to get back on track tonight and still have plenty of things to fix. We had some really good moments.”

Mayberry ran for touchdowns of 6, 33, 12 and 19 yards – all in the first half. The senior running back rushed for 126 yards on nine carries.

“We played well,” Mayberry said. “We executed well. Obviously they weren’t at the same level as we were and I think we proved that tonight.”

Mayberry wasn’t the only one involved in the Pioneers’ rushing attack that gained 442 yards. Jordan Brown rushed for 94 yards including touchdown runs of 26 and 42 yards. Ty Smith rushed for 96 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown run for his first of the season.

“That will definitely be a big memory as part of my life,” Smith said. “I haven’t been able to play much and it felt good to score on a long run.”

The Pioneers (5-3, 1-3) scored the first 21 points of the game on Mayberry’s first three touchdowns. After Putnam City West’s first score, Marlon McDonald III hit Brandon Prather for a 48-yard touchdown in the last minute of the first quarter. Stillwater added three more touchdowns in the second quarter. The Pioneers led 49-14 at halftime. Barnard said that allowed him to get more players involved in the game.

“Cameron was really strong early in the football game,” Barnard said. “He ran the ball really well and got us the lead and allowed us to get some other guys in.

“Ty Smith ran the ball really well and then Davion (Christopher) coming in.”

The Pioneers put up 571 yards of total offense. Barnard was pleased with his offense’s output Friday compared to last week’s game against Choctaw.

“We had a lot offensive success last week against Choctaw but didn’t put a lot of points on the board,” Barnard said. “We really needed to finish drives tonight that’s what we got done.”

Despite the large halftime lead, Stillwater suffered a loss as Quan Malveaux went down with an injury to his shoulder on a kickoff in the first quarter and didn’t return.

“We will check him out on Monday,” Barnard said. “We needed him tonight. He would have gotten a lot of carries tonight. He missed out on those.”

Aside from allowing a 67-yard touchdown run by Putnam City West’s quarterback Steve Stalling and a second touchdown drive toward the end of the first half, the Pioneers defense played strong. Stillwater forced four punts in the first half and allowed 14 yards on those four drives.

“We got out of some tough spots defensively late in the game,” Barnard said. “The guys that were in there stiffened up and got a stop.”

With the victory, Stillwater stayed in playoff contention and host the Enid Plainsmen Friday.

“We need to beat Enid for sure,” Barnard said. “We know what that’s going to be – it’s always a battle. They’ve gotten better every week. They played Midwest City tough. It’s always a tough game. That’s how the Stillwater-Enid thing goes.”

“We built up a lot of momentum this game,” Mayberry said. “We need to come out and beat Enid next week and win out.”

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