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The Shawnee News-Star
  • McLoud drops heartbreaker

  • Two sparkling receptions by Isiah Shaputis were the difference Friday night as Douglass fought off McLoud 13-7 in a District 4A-2 conflict.
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  • Two sparkling receptions by Isiah Shaputis were the difference Friday night as Douglass fought off McLoud 13-7 in a District 4A-2 conflict.
     
    After a scoreless first quarter, Shaputis got behind two defenders for a 65-yard touchdown reception from Patrick McKaufman. The TD came on a fourth-and-19 gamble.
     
    That 7-0 advantage stood until the fourth quarter when Shaputis and McKaufman hooked up on a 44-yard scoring toss on a fourth-and-13 situation. The extra-point attempt was blocked, leaving Douglass up 13-0.
     
    With 3 1/2 minutes remaining in the game, McLoud junior Bryson Garcia grabbed a 16-yard touchdown pass from senior Joseph Wood.
     
    “It was a post route over the top,” McLoud coach Eric Cardin said of the touchdown. “He out-jumped a defender.”
     
    The TD capped an 80-yard, eight-play drive.
     
    McLoud was unsuccessful on an onside-kick attempt and Douglass ran out the clock. The Trojans barely converted a fourth-and-two situation as the clock wound down.
     
    “On their second touchdown, we just mistimed our jump and their receiver made a great catch,” Cardin said.
     
    Garcia caught six passes for 119 yards. Wood completed 13 of 22 passes for 197 yards and had several attempts dropped.
     
    Neither team had much success on the ground. McLoud rushed for 36 yards on 27 attempts and Douglass had 75 yards on 34 carries.
     
    “Our defense stopped the run all night long,” Cardin said. “Our kids played their butts off. I’m proud of them.”
     
    McLoud didn’t commit a turnover and Douglass posted just one turnover, a fumble recovered by Hunter Heath.
     
    McLoud fell to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in district play. Douglass, 7-1 overall, is tied with Ada, a Friday night victor over Harrah, at 5-0 in 4A-2.
     
    McLoud has also dropped close district matchups to Glenpool (21-12) and Mannford (42-38).
     
    “If we win the last two games, we should be in the playoffs,” Cardin said. “We have just lost a couple of close games.”
     
    McLoud will entertain Ada Friday, then conclude its regular season Friday, Nov. 8 by playing host to Harrah.
     
    Note: Report compiled by Fred Fehr.

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