Shawnee 41

Capitol Hill 14

Dec. 7, 1973



The headline on The Shawnee News-Star’s front page said it all: "PACK WINS STATE TITLE."

Fred Fehr Shawnee 41
Capitol Hill 14
Dec. 7, 1973

The headline on The Shawnee News-Star’s front page said it all: “PACK WINS STATE TITLE.”

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Shawnee 41
Capitol Hill 14
Dec. 7, 1973

The headline on The Shawnee News-Star’s front page said it all: “PACK WINS STATE TITLE.”

Shawnee concluded a resounding 13-0 season by collecting 524 yards of offense — 460 on the ground and 64 through the air — in the 3A championship game at Skelly Stadium.

Speedster Robby Hale of Shawnee collected 272 yards on 20 carries. Steve Autrey notched 127 yards on 13 carries, including touchdown runs of 1 yard, 7 yards and 13 yards.

Hale chipped in with a 70-yard scoring run.

Junior quarterback Randy Stephenson, who played despite a fractured left thumb, tossed a 34-yard scoring pass to tight end David Rainbolt.

Miami was limited to 114 yards of total offense — 12 rushing and 102 passing. Three Wardog passes were intercepted — two by Sammy Wallace and one by Gary Mayfield.

“I have a feeling of a great sense of accomplishment,” Shawnee coach John Welborn said after the game. “And it’s something our players will remember the rest of their lives. I’m happy they are going to have that experience. It’s one of the rewards of football.”

Chris Dawson, who went on to play football at Oklahoma State, set up Shawnee’s first TD with a fumble recovery at the Miami 13. Autrey scored on the first play and John Goodson converted the extra point for a 7-0 lead at the 9:06 mark of the first quarter.

The Wolves missed a 30-yard field goal attempt on their next possession but the defense again held Miami and the SHS offense took over at the Wardog 36. Two plays later, Stephenson flipped the 34-yard TD pass to Rainbolt, who beat defender Tinker Owens on the play. Owens, brother of Heisman Trophy winner Steve Owens of Oklahoma, also went on to play for the Sooners.

The Rainbolt catch was Stephenson’s 11th TD pass of the season and upped the count to 14-0.

Autrey’s 1-yard TD, set up by a 40-yard gallop by Hale, put Miami in a 21-0 hole. Another missed FG try by Shawnee left the margin at 21-0 at the intermission.
Owens returned the second-half kickoff 61 yards before being tackled by Jimmy Frank at the Wolfpack 29. A 17-yard scoring pass, followed by a missed point-after, reduced the score to 21-6.

Hale’s 70-yard touchdown at the 8:35 mark of the third quarter made it 28-6.

Miami scored its final touchdown off a blocked punt. Bill Reno picked up the ball and ran 28 yards to the end zone. The 2-point conversion reduced Shawnee’s lead to 28-14.

The Wolves responded with a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive behind the blocking of Rocky Wade, Blain Dewees, Dennis Brooks, Randy Romberg, Steve Burnett and Rainbolt. Autrey’s 7-yard scoring scamper put Miami in a 35-14 hole with 28 seconds left in the third quarter.

A Wardog gamble misfired when Owens was tossed for a 6-yard loss and Shawnee assumed possession at the Wardog 35. Ricky Roach then found Goodson on a 30-yard scoring pass to conclude the scoring.

Goodson hit his first five extra-point kicks before the night’s final attempt was blocked.

Shawnee ran its two-year winning streak to 17 games.

“We didn’t expect to break big ones like we did,” Welborn said. “But our offensive line did a great job.

“And our defensive play was just superb again. I really think our defense peaked the last two weeks.

“Overall, it was just a superb team effort. Every one of our players played as well as he could. Stephenson did a great job playing with that hairline fracture of the thumb. And there’s no doubt that our assistant coaches did a tremendous job.”