SHAWNEE – Coweta got going early and Shawnee was never able to fully recover in a 28-21 district loss at home Friday.
Coweta capped off an 80 yard drive to start the game with a nine-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead with 6:50 left in the first quarter. Shawnee went three-and-out on their first drive, ended on a punt block by Coweta's Spencer Edwards and recovered at the Shawnee 11.
The Tigers missed a field goal attempt to give Shawnee the ball back at their own 20, but three plays later a fumble by Trejuan Shaw gave Coweta control again at the 39. Spencer Harrington ended the ensuing drive with a 21-yard touchdown run to go ahead 14-0 with 2:49 left in the first.
“That was the key, it started rough because we weren't ready to play coming out, it's obvious,” coach Billy Brown said. “You get down 14-0 and then decided you wanted to lock in and start playing. You can't do that against good teams and win.”
Shawnee went 72 yards on 10 plays set up on a fumble recovery by Austin Wood and capped on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Heath Hunter to Trenton Skinner to cut the lead in half with 7:21 left in the first half.
Wood finished the game with the recovery and two interceptions, including one that led to a wild first half ending that saw Hunter throw an interception that was fumbled by Coweta and recovered by Shawnee to head into the break.
The Wolves came out with a successful 83-yard drive that ended with a 28-yard catch and run to Brayden McGinnis as he bulldozed his way into the endzone and Shawnee tied up at 21.
Coweta scored again on a 16-yard pass nine seconds into the fourth.
Shawnee made it into the red zone on their final drive, but fell back on sacks and penalties to look at a fourth and 28 from the Coweta 36. Hunter connected with Skinner on an impressive catch, but only gained 26 yards to force the turnover.
Hunter nearly tied the game up earlier in the fourth, but an endzone catch by Skinner was ruled out of bounds and another pass to Scout Cawvey was inomplete to turnover at the 20.
Hunter put the game the game on his shoulders, rushing for 51 yards and throwing for another 269. He completed 19 of his 30 passes and threw one pick.
“He made some plays with his legs because we couldn't block them,” Brown said. “He had to to something. He stepped up and did it and kept us in the game.”
Cawvey finished the game with 126 receiving yards on nine catches and skinner had five catches for 66 yards.
Coweta's Harrington led all rushers with 149 yards on 23 carries. Quarterback Logan Haught went 11-17 through the air for 146 yards and tw interceptions and accrued 47 ground yards.
With the win Coweta moved to 3-2 (3-0) on the season and became the only team to not suffer a district loss.
The loss was Shawnee's first in district play to drop to 4-2 (2-1) on the season. They will meet with 2-3 (2-1) Glenpool next week. Glenpool lost to Noble 28-6 Friday; Coweta beat 4-1 (2-1) Noble 48-19 last week.
Brown has some things to iron out and if the team has another slow start next week in another tough game, it could impede a playoff run.
“If we don't fix our start of the game we'll be in trouble again,” Brown said. “We've got to start early like everybody else starts and we can't stay back and wait until the middle of the second quarter when we figure out we want to start playing.”