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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Early strikes secure SHS win

  • Seventh-ranked Shawnee struck early, and held a couple of commanding advantages along the way, but Durant would not go quietly as the Wolves scrapped down the stretch to secure a 56-44 District 5A-3 win Friday night at Jim Thorpe Stadium.
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  • Take away the first quarter, and it might have been a different story.
     
    Seventh-ranked Shawnee struck early, and held a couple of commanding advantages along the way, but Durant would not go quietly as the Wolves scrapped down the stretch to secure a 56-44 District 5A-3 win Friday night at Jim Thorpe Stadium.
     
    “The first half went pretty well, but overall, we didn’t play very well,” said Shawnee coach Billy Brown. “But we were able to find a way to get it into the end zone.”
     
    Shawnee needed just 10 seconds and one play to get the scoring parade underway. The Lions fumbled away the opening kickoff, and Cole Humphrey found a wide-open Chris Lester for a 31-yard score on a reverse with 11:50 still on the first-quarter clock.
     
    The hosts eventually enjoyed a 28-0 cushion by the midway point of the second quarter, and it was 35-14 Wolves to end the first half. Dillion Dutton scored twice for Shawnee before halftime, on a 25-yard reception from junior quarterback John Jacobs, and again on a 2-yard scoot early in the second quarter.
     
    Jacobs added a 40-yard rushing TD with 8:53 left in the second, and he found Humphrey for a 10-yard scoring completion with 1:12 to go.
     
    The opening half was tough going for the Lions. They netted just 5 total yards in the first 12 minutes, and went to the locker room with 137 total first-half yards. Durant threatened to overturn Shawnee’s plans for a second-place standing in district play, however, as the Lions found a groove and out-scored Shawnee 30-21 over the final two quarters.
     
    With Shawnee’s win — along with McAlester’s 38-10 triumph over Tulsa Kelley — the Wolves have pretty much locked down second in District 5A-3 and will have a home berth to open the playoffs.
     
    “We can get homefield advantage, and that’s what we were shooting for tonight,” Brown said.
     
    Shawnee improves to 6-2 overall, and 4-1 in the 5A-3 field. McAlester is now 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the district and in sole possession of first place.
     
    Durant drops to 0-5 against district opponents, and 1-7 overall.
     
    Jacobs led all rushers on the night with 130 yards and two scores on 14 carries, while Dutton finished with one score and 92 yards on 14 attempts. Jacobs completed 15 of 33 passes — with no picks — for 220 yards and four TDs.
     
    Kendall Gilbert was one of four Shawnee receivers to cross the goal line, and he was the Wolves’ leading receiver with 67 yards and one score on four catches. Humphrey had 45 yards and a score on four receptions; Lester added a TD and 49 yards on three catches; and Landon Harper had 56 yards and a TD on a pair of grabs.
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    Zach Cater completed 28 of 45 passes for the Lions, netting 274 yards and three touchdowns. He also led Durant in rushing with 10 carries for 41 yards and a score.
     
    The Wolves finished the night with 476 total yards — 225 via the rush and 251 through the air. After the slow start, Durant ran its offensive output to 352 total yards.
     
    Friday’s game, which was also Shawnee’s senior night celebration, was the Wolves’ final home game of the regular campaign. Shawnee will travel to Tulsa Hale for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday, Nov. 1, and then to Noble for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday, Nov. 8.

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