Shawnee’s Wolves may have felt like many pumpkins this time of year... the ones that become jack-o-lanterns.


Shawnee’s Wolves may have felt like many pumpkins this time of year... the ones that become jack-o-lanterns.

Four touchdown passes of 21 yards or more in the second quarter, and another right after halftime, were the highlights of Southmoore’s 63-13 carving of the visiting Wolves Friday night in District 6A-3 action.

The SaberCats went through, around and past the Shawnee secondary for TD catches of 28, 60, 21 and 26 yards in their 28-point second quarter that led to the lopsided win.

Southmoore (4-5 overall, 3-3 in district) added a 32-yard TD pass on the second play of the third quarter.

SaberCat quarterback Tre Edwards went 8-of-11 passing for 246 yards. Every completion was for double-digit yardage, with the shortest pass gaining 12 yards.

What could have been a key turning point for the Wolves came early in the game. Soon after the home team’s first score, a 33-yard TD run by Karltrell Henderson, Shawnee (1-8, 1-5) fumbled away a golden opportunity to gain momentum.

On the fourth play of the possession, Shawnee receiver Theo Berry caught a pass, turned upfield and raced past the Southmoore defenders. After gaining 40 yards, with nothing but green grass and the goal line ahead of him, Berry somehow lost control of the ball.

The lost fumble gave the ball back to the Cats at their own 25.

Another turning point came even earlier — on the first play from scrimmage. Shawnee’s starting quarterback, junior Wolf Kienzle, was hurt at the end of a 13-yard run. After a few minutes on his back and attention from staff, Kienzle walked off the field unassisted, but did not return.

Kienzle’s replacement, freshman Tanner Newman, came in and threw for 165 yards in a 13-for-21 effort with no interceptions.

Along the way, Newman had some big plays, including the 40-yard completion to Berry and a 33-yarder to Berry late in the third quarter.
Berry made up for his first-quarter mistake, but not until the fourth quarter with Southmoore up 56-0. The 6-0 junior fielded a SaberCats punt and raced 74 yards for Shawnee’s first score.

Along with the TD return, Berry caught an 11-yard TD pass with 1:48 remaining. He finished with eight catches for 120 yards.

Jeremy Barrientos was Shawnee’s workhorse on the ground and led the Wolves with 75 yards on 14 carries.

Jaelon Walker was the rushing star for the SaberCats, netting 118 yards from 21 handoffs.

Shawnee will wrap up its season next Friday with a home game against fourth-ranked Broken Arrow.