Mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, Shawnee’s Wolves will try to spring an upset today when they travel to Southmoore for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, Shawnee’s Wolves will try to spring an upset today when they travel to Southmoore for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Coming off a 42-21 setback to Sapulpa, Shawnee is 1-4 in District 6A-3 and 1-7 overall. The Wolves will conclude their season Friday, Nov. 4, with a home game against Broken Arrow.

Southmoore, after posting 6A-3 victories over Sapulpa (52-49) and Norman (40-23), has dropped back-to-back district decisions to fourth-ranked Broken Arrow (56-7) and second-ranked Jenks (54-17).

Southmoore’s other district matchup resulted in a 34-31 overtime loss to Muskogee.

The SaberCats went 1-2 in the non-district season, defeating Moore (28-12) while losing to Edmond North (42-10) and Westmoore (34-16).

“The night they defeated Norman they could have defeated anybody in our district,” Shawnee coach Billy Brown said. “They are very talented. Offensively, they go mostly with a two-back set.”

Leading that offense is senior running back Andrew Long, a 5-10, 170-pounder who has certainly drawn Brown’s attention.

“He is one of the best running backs in the state,” Brown said. “He has good speed and was one of the leading rushers in 6A last year.”
Long, who received a football scholarship offer last spring from the Air Force Academy, has 157 carries on the year for 1,020 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Complementing Long as a backfield mate is junior Karltrell Henderson (5-9, 195), described by Brown as a “big banger who will pound on you.” Henderson has accumulated 737 yards on 107 rushes, including five touchdowns.

Long and Henderson combined for 2,600 yards rushing last season.

Under center for the SaberCats is junior Tre Edwards (5-8, 185).

“He is a dual threat as a runner and passer. He throws the ball well,” Brown said. “He’s got good savvy.”

Edwards has connected on 77 of 127 aerials for 855 yards. He has thrown six TD passes and been intercepted three times.

His leading receiver has been Isaac Whitney (6-2, 170), who has fielded 19 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns. Johnathan Martin has caught 21 passes for 295 yards.

Southmoore has a reliable field goal specialist in Mitch Johnson, who has misfired on just one of his eight attempts. His longest FG has been 36 yards.

Shawnee will counter offensively with leading rusher Wolf Kienzle, a junior quarterback who has gained 414 yards on 149 rushes. He has four rushing TDs. Kienzle has completed 76 of 165 passes for 1,277 yards and eight touchdowns. He has been pilfered nine times.

Theo Berry has been Shawnee’s big-play receiver, averaging 22.5 yards per catch (29 catches for 653 yards). He and Kendall Gilbert have four TD receptions apiece. Gilbert has accumulated 231 yards on 12 catches.

Shawnee’s offense will be challenged by a 3-4 defense that features a lot of speed. Brown praised linebacker Kaleb Thompson (6-0, 195) of Southmoore.

“He’s a good player that really hurt us last year,” he said.

Southmoore inflicted a 56-6 defeat on Shawnee in 2010.

“We can’t have any turnovers and we must limit big plays,” Brown said. “We have to finish all of our possible scoring drives. We can’t have 3-and-outs with the offense they have.”