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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Bison whip Pioneers

  • Oklahoma Baptist picked off five passes and Nyko Symonds caught two touchdown passes as the Bison rolled past Wayland Baptist 37-10 Saturday in the first meeting of the Central State Football League’s Baptist schools.
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  • Oklahoma Baptist picked off five passes and Nyko Symonds caught two touchdown passes as the Bison rolled past Wayland Baptist 37-10 Saturday in the first meeting of the Central State Football League’s Baptist schools.
     
    “Most importantly it was a conference win,” said OBU coach Chris Jensen. “Was it the best we can play? Probably not.”
     
    D’Ante Meeking had two of OBU’s interceptions in his first game back after a concussion.
     
    “It was hard sitting out, but we did a good job today putting two halves together,” Meeking said.
     
    The Bison defense broke open a scoreless tie with 3:39 left in the first quarter when Eugene Estes picked off a pass and raced 33 yards for a touchdown. Austin Manger added the first of his five extra points for a 7-0 lead.
     
    OBU went up 14-0 in the second quarter when Jordan Barnes capped an 11-play, 60-yard drive with a 1-yard plunge into the end zone.
     
    Clint Wilson got an interception to set up another Bison touchdown — a 25-yard touchdown pass from Cale Grauer to Symonds.
     
    “Both our quarterbacks played well today and they are seeing the receivers well,” Symonds said.
     
    Grauer was 5-of-8 for 107 yards and two touchdowns while Blake Woodard was 6-for-13 for 77 yards. Neither OBU QB threw an interception.
     
    Symonds led the team with five catches for 129 yards.
     
    The Pioneers got their lone touchdown in the second quarter on a 6-yard run by Kendall Roberson. Roberson entered as the No. 10 rusher in the NAIA and finished with 136 yards on 21 carries.
     
    Wayland converted a 2-point pass to cut the OBU lead to 21-8 and that score stood until the third quarter.
     
    OBU got the answer when Grauer tossed a screen to Symonds, who wove through the defense for 45 yards and a 27-8 Bison lead.
     
    The defense came up with a goal-line stand with big stops by Nelson Mederios on second down, a tackle for a 2-yard loss by Ed Morgan Jr. on third down, and a stop just short of the goal line by Brynden Pitxer and Kimes Gilbert on fourth down.
     
    WBU got on the board a play later when a snap slid through Grauer’s hands and out of the end zone for a 27-10 score.
     
    Manger tacked on a 22-yard field goal for a 30-10 lead.
     
    Meeking’s second interception set up the Bison at the WBU 5 and Chase Kreutzer scored from there for the final margin.
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    Barnes led the Bison with 66 yards on 20 carries.
     
    Pitzer had 13 tackles in the game, including four for loss and a sack. Gilbert had three sacks among his five tackles for loss, and 11 tackles on the day to go with a forced fumble.
     
    Meeking and Wilson had two interceptions each to go along with Estes’ score. Wilson also forced a fumble.
     
    Now 1-1 in the CSFL and 2-5 overall, the Bison play at Langston Saturday, Oct. 26.
     
    Note: Report provided by Ray Fink, OBU sports information director.

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