NOBLE – Shawnee took a bit to get going in their half game against Ada Thursday in a scrimmage at Noble, but as soon as they started, they were hard to stop and came back for a 14-10 win.
“We started slow,” coach Billy Brown said. “We were trying to keep it as basic as possible like everyone does in scrimmages, but we had to do some different things to get through that.”
The Wolves trailed 10-0 after the first 15 minute half but came back in the second to seal the win.
New quarterback Heath Hunter connected with Scout Cawvey from 41 yards out for Shawnee's first touchdown of the game to get within three of Ada. The play came after being backed up on a holding call and having an offsides call go in their favor.
Trenton Skinner ended Ada's next possession with an interception and caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Hunter to go up 14-10.
Hunter plateaud for a bit at one point in the game, but came back in to finish strong.
“He had a little rough patch there in the middle but he started good and ended good,” Brown said.
Skinner's interception was one of several stealing opportunities for the Wolves in the night. The first came right out of the gate from junior Nemo Jenkins, who saw a would-be takeaway slip out of his hands on the fist play of the game.
Xavier Reed recorded a sack, Brayden McGinnis had a block to disrupt a pass and Donovan Neal kept Ada's quarterback on the run through much of the game. Brown liked what the defense showed him.
“They did a good job controlling the run and making them throw it. And once you're making them throw it you're obviously much better off,” he said.
The scrimmage was the last of the pre-season for the Wolves and a win that Shawnee needed.
“It was a good day for us, ending like that and having to come back and win it,” Brown said.
Shawnee opens their season Friday, September 1, at Guthrie. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.