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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Wolves clobber Bears before playoffs

  • Shawnee scored two touchdowns in each of the first three quarters and cruised to a 49-28 road win over Noble in Friday’s regular-season finale.
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  • Shawnee scored two touchdowns in each of the first three quarters and cruised to a 49-28 road win over Noble in Friday’s regular-season finale.
     
    Junior quarterback John Jacobs had 145 yards rushing and 114 passing while leading the Wolves to their eighth win in 10 games. Shawnee also won six out of its seven district contests.
     
    Before the game, Shawnee already had second place in District 5A-3 secured and will host Claremore in the first round of the playoffs next week.
     
    Noble, which finished 4-6 overall and 2-5 in district, had no chance of making the playoffs.
     
    “It was one of those deals where we were moving on and they weren’t, so we knew they’d be motivated for that,” Shawnee head coach Billy Brown said. “But we played well, got on ‘em early, stayed on ‘em and came away with a good win.”
     
    The Wolves reached the end zone in their first two possessions. In the first, a 20-yard carry by Dillion Dutton set up Jacobs’ 8-yard TD run.
     
    Later in the first quarter, with a strong south wind at their backs, a 15-yard run by Dutton and a 16-yard Jacobs keeper led to Don Murphy catching a 10-yard TD pass from Jacobs.
     
    “We wanted to start fast and get on the board early,” Brown said. “We had the wind in the first quarter and that was a big factor early. We kind of coasted a little bit late in the third and fourth quarter with some JV kids in there, but they played hard.”
     
    While the starters were in, Shawnee added to its lead in the second quarter.
     
    Following an interception by Chris Martin, the Wolves went 57 yards in five plays, capping the drive with a 3-yard TD run by Dutton. The big play of the possession was a 47-yard completion to Chris Lester.
     
    With 2:46 to go before halftime, Jacobs went over 100 yards rushing with a 45-yard scoring scamper that put Shawnee up 27-0.
     
    Noble had three first-half turnovers — two interceptions and one fumble — while accumulating just 125 total yards, compared to 268 for the visitors. The Bears also had 60 penalty yards after two personal fouls and two unsportsmanlike conduct infractions.
     
    Shawnee added to its advantage early in the third quarter when Dutton scored on a 42-yard run.
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    Noble got the goose egg off its side of the scoreboard on the ensuing possession as quarterback Dakota Boxwell scrambled for a 24-yard TD.
     
    Boxwell, a senior, also scored the game’s final touchdown. With 39 seconds left on the fourth-quarter clock, Boxwell was able to finish his high school career with a flourish, outrunning Shawnee defenders for a 67-yard TD.
     
    The Wolves finished with 338 rushing yards on 34 attempts. Their 452 yards of total offense was 55 more than their season average.
     
    Noble wound up with 375 total yards, 199 on the ground and 176 passing.
     
    Shawnee now gets started preparing for the first round of the playoffs next Friday. The Claremore Zebras come into Shawnee at 7-3 overall after posting a 5-2 mark and third-place finish in District 5A-4.

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