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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Balanced offense propels Wolves to win

  • The combination of a balanced offense and a stingy defense helped the Shawnee Wolves grab a 56-6 road win over Tulsa Hale.
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  • The combination of a balanced offense and a stingy defense helped the Shawnee Wolves grab a 56-6 road win over Tulsa Hale.
     
    The victory was the Wolves’ fourth straight in District 5A-3.
     
    Junior quarterback John Jacobs led the way for Shawnee with four passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown.
     
    Shawnee head coach Billy Brown said his squad started the game off slow against Tulsa Hale.
     
    “They showed us stuff we had never seen from them on offense,” he said. “They were doing some no-back sets… five wide [receiver] stuff. They were also blocking different than we had seen from them.”
     
    After the first two series, the Wolves seized control, Brown added.
     
    “They got a couple of first downs early,” he said. “After that we took control.”
     
    The Wolves were able to present a balanced attack on offense for the rest of the game.
     
    “Offensively, we did what we regularly do as far as throwing and running,” Brown said.
     
    Jacobs opened the scoring with a 2-yard run in the first quarter. The junior quarterback went on to throw touchdown passes to four different receivers, with the two longest being a 30-yarder to Cole Humphrey and a 25-yarder to Chris Lester.
     
    Shawnee had touchdown runs by Dillion Dutton (4 yards), Kendall Gilbert (12 yards), Shade Franklin (2 yards) and Tyler Adams (2 yards).
     
    Wolves’ kicker Kade Dixon was a perfect 7-of-7 on extra-point attempts on the night.
     
    Brown said the team had a good balance on offense.
     
    “Five different guys from the receiving corps caught touchdowns last week and four different guys caught touchdowns this week,” he said. “We spread it out and made them cover everybody.”
     
    However, the Wolves were not only successful on offense by scoring points, Brown added.
     
    “On offense, there were no turnovers,” he said. “That was one of our areas of focus this week.”
     
    Shawnee’s defense also had a good night as that unit forced multiple turnovers including four interceptions.
     
    Isaiah Strayhorn had two of the interceptions while Walker Smith returned another interception 80 yards for a touchdown.
     
    Brown said the team made the necessary adjustments on defense.
     
    With the win, the Wolves move to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in 5A-3 play. Meanwhile, Tulsa Hale falls to 0-9 and 0-6 in 5A-3 games.
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    Shawnee concludes its regular-season slate next week with a trip to Noble at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8.
     
    Brown said Noble always presents a tough challenge.
     
    “They’re not in the playoffs, but they’re seniors will be ready to go,” he said. “Traditionally, we always have good games with them regardless of record.”
     
    Note: Report compiled by Matt Caban.

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