A third-quarter seat squirmer turned into a Shawnee meltdown Thursday night as Sapulpa riddled the host Wolves 42-21 at Jim Thorpe Stadium.


A third-quarter seat squirmer turned into a Shawnee meltdown Thursday night as Sapulpa riddled the host Wolves 42-21 at Jim Thorpe Stadium.

Shawnee trailed just 21-14 and had first-and-goal at the Chieftain 1 after third-quarter pass receptions of 29 and 50 yards by Theo Berry. But an illegal procedure penalty, two quarterback sacks and an end zone interception on third down thwarted the threat.

That was Shawnee’s last hurrah. The Chieftains — on their next three possessions — had scoring drives of 80 yards, 65 yards and 72 yards in a combined 18 plays. That 21-0 splurge put the dazed Wolves in a 42-14 hole — capping 35 unanswered points — with only 6:03 to play.

Shawnee recorded a consolation touchdown with 53 ticks left as Berry took a short pass from Wolf Kienzle, shook off several tackle attempts and sped 58 yards for a touchdown.

Sapulpa’s Levi Pickering returned the game’s opening kickoff 56 yards to the SHS 12. Two plays later, quarterback Tyler Williams scored from the 4 with just 49 seconds elapsed.

Berry’s 35-yard return of the ensuing kickoff set up an 11-play, 51-yard Shawnee touchdown drive. Jeremy Barrientos scored from the 1-yard line and Matt Daniel drilled the extra point for a 7-all deadlock at the 5:20 mark of the first quarter.

Casey Bowlan’s interception at the Shawnee 4 stymied Sapulpa’s next possession. The Wolves took advantage of Sapulpa’s only turnover of the night, driving 96 yards in a 14-play drive that included a pass interference call. Kienzle went the final yard on a 4th-down call 6:43 before halftime to make it 14-7.

Sapulpa responded with two touchdowns before intermission — a 72-yard Trevor Hall pass reception over the middle and a 10-yard Devin Swift run — for a 21-14 halftime margin. The last TD concluded a 50-yard, four-play drive.

Swift added touchdown runs of 10 yards and 1 yard in the second half while Sam Gottsch caught an 18-yard scoring pass from Williams.

Sapulpa, in atoning for a 28-24 home loss to Shawnee last season, captured its first District 6A-3 victory this year after four losses. The Chieftains are 4-4 overall.

Shawnee, mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, dropped to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in 6A-3.

Sapulpa, which didn’t punt once Thursday night, accumulated 443 yards of offense — 201 on the ground and 242 through the air. Sapulpa had 110 yards of penalties.

Williams was 12-of-15 through the air with one interception.

Shawnee committed three turnovers while collecting 252 yards of offense — 109 rushing and 143 passing.
Berry caught four passes for 151 yards.

Shawnee will continue district play Friday, Oct. 28, at Southmoore.