Shawnee’s rushing game was stymied, senior Wolf Kienzle left the game late with an injury and the Wolves’ 2012 woes continued Friday night as Tulsa Bishop Kelley stuck them with a 35-14 District 5A-3 loss at Jim Thorpe Stadium.
Kienzle, who had been sidelined since a first-quarter injury in Shawnee’s season opener, played a major role in the Wolves’ first score Friday before limping off the field in the fourth quarter. Following the game, SHS head coach Billy Brown said he was unclear as to the nature and severity of Kienzle’s injury.
Shawnee was down 7-0 after the first quarter, and the Wolves faced a third-and-long when Kienzle took a reverse-style handoff from quarterback John Jacobs and laced a 62-yard scoring toss to Theo Berry, thus knotting the score with 6:34 to go in the second quarter.
The Comets made it 14-7, however, on Brady Goforth’s 14-yard hookup with Austin Morris just 2 seconds before halftime.
Tulsa Kelley led 20-7 at one third-quarter juncture, and the Wolves trailed 20-14 going into the final 12 minutes after Jacobs and Berry connected on a 16-yard success with 2:12 left in the third.
The Comets punctuated the contest with an 18-yard TD toss from Goforth to Morris with 8:49 left to play, and a Thomas Bingham 1-yard plunge with only 17 ticks still on the clock.
Shawnee was held to just 41 rushing yards on the night, and Jacobs threw for 111 yards on 16-of-35 passes. He was picked off once.
Add in Kienzle’s 1-for-1 effort for 62 yards, and the Wolves got 173 aerial yards and a total of 214 yards of offense on the night.
Kelley put up 254 rushing yards on 54 attempts, and Goforth was 16-of-23 with no picks for 201 yards.
Each team punted the ball away four times on the night, and the Comets led in third-down conversions, 7-3.
Shawnee turned the ball over on downs three times, compared to twice for the Comets.
Kelley also picked up a fourth-down conversion to keep its final scoring drive of the night going.
“We’ve got to learn to carry things over from the practice field to the playing field,” Brown said. “Every week is a playoff week for us from here on out.”
Shawnee drops to 2-5 overall and 1-3 against 5A-3 opponents, leaving the Wolves tied with Tulsa Hale and Durant for fourth place in the district. Kelley, Tulsa Memorial and McAlester — all at 4-0 after wins Friday — remain in a three-way tie for first.
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The top four teams from each district at the end of the regular season advance to the playoffs.
Shawnee will go to Durant next Thursday before returning home for the last two regular-season tests.