SHAWNEE – Trejuan Shaw pulled off the hat trick and Shawnee cruised to a 35-10 win over Tulsa East Central Friday in Shawnee's homecoming game. It was the Wolves (3-1) first district game of the season.
Shaw ran in touchdowns from eight, 11 and 12 yards out to lead the team in the win and finished with 228 yards on 26 carries.
The Wolves didn't seperate themselves in the first half the way they would have liked to, but some second half adjustments worked in Shawnee's favor.
“We played well the second half, we did some good things the first half and made some really dumb mistakes the first half,” coach Billy Brown said.
Heath Hunter connected with Scout Cawvey for a 20-yard touchdown pass and Braden Barlean chipped in the PAT to start the second quarter and give Shawnee the lead and first touchdown since Week 2 on a late score against Duncan.
Barlean had the opportunity to get the Wolves on the board with a 37-yard kick to end their first drive, but a block and run gave East Central control at Shawnee's 36.
Shaw added his first touchdown from eight yards out with 6:55 in the half to go ahead 14-0. The run was set up on a 22-yard reception to Trenton Skinner.
Tulsa earned a pick-6 on a pass from Hunter intended for Landin Hall and the Cardinals cut Shawnee's lead in half.
Returning from the halftime break, Shaw marched Shawnee 49 yards downfield in four plays and Hunter stretched out an 11-yard run to take a 21-7 advantage.
Shaw recorded his 11-yarder with 3:25 left in the third and added his 12-yard touchdown run with 7:15 left in the game. East Central made a 27-yard kick with 26 seconds left in the third to make it a 28-10 game.
Hunter finished the game 12-19 for 180 yards, threw one interception and was sacked twice.
Skinner led in receiving with 88 yards on three completions and Cawvey had four receptions for 49 yards. LJ McKissick had one catch for 28 yards that was nearly intercepted but he muscled away from two Tulsa defenders.
Defensively, Shawnee allowed 245 total yards. Garrett Hopkins recorded one sack, Brayden McGinnis had two interceptions and Ramey Harrison snatched one away.
The defense came up in crucial times to make several holds and stop some big plays from happening.
“They were moving the ball on us so we made the big play and they turned it over, so that's what we were living with,” Brown said. “When we had to have plays or fourth down stops, they were able to come up and do it.”
Shawnee will be on the road next week against McAlester. The Buffaloes remained winless Friday after suffering a 48-7 blow by Noble to drop to 0-4 on the season.
Brown expects McAlester to come at his team with everything they've got.
“They always play us tough so we have to get ready to go,” he said. “Playing down there is going to be tough.”