Shawnee wasn’t without turbulence this season, but the Wolves managed to squeak by with the fourth playoff spot in Class 5A-3 and gave Bishop Kelley a run for their money before ending their season in the first round of playoffs.

Shawnee wasn’t without turbulence this season, but the Wolves managed to squeak by with the fourth playoff spot in Class 5A-3 and gave Bishop Kelley a run for their money before ending their season in the first round of playoffs.

The Wolves lost the game 41-28, but a couple of dropped touchdown passes early in the game and not being able to get three of their four TD’s until the fourth left them playing catchup the entire time.

The game was, in a way, a somewhat fitting finish for the team. It highlighted some of the difficulties they faced, but also the potential that coach Billy Brown’s boys were capable of. It’s hard not to see that, once again, these Wolves were far superior to what their 5-6 (4-3) season will show in the record books.

Shawnee will lose 16 seniors after this season, including quarterback Jack Diamond, receivers Tyree York, Hunter Mackey and Christian Patterson, running back Malik Tate, and OU commit Creed Humphrey at center. The losses could be felt in the coming years.

Diamond finished the season with a .525 completion percentage, going 148 of 282 for 2247 yards and 23 touchdown throws. His long of 99 yards to Patterson came in the final game of the regular season in a dire situation at Noble after a punt stopped just shy of a touchback.

With 49 receptions for 935 yards and a kickoff return, Patterson was nobody to take lightly either, leading the receiving core. Mackey was 25 for 295 yards and Tate had six catches for 58 yards but blasted for seven touchdowns and 660 yards on 114 carries.

York finished second in receiving yards with 459 on 23 catches despite only being able to play in five of the team’s 10 games due to injuries. The numbers are a large testament to what an important piece of the puzzle he was for the Wolves and what the receiver, who will be playing in the Blue-Grey All-American bowl in Dallas, Texas alongside Diamond at Cowboys stadium December 22, is capable of.

York’s early departure forced several underclassmen to step in and step up. Freshman Scout Cawvey and sophomores Trenton Skinner and Braden McGinnis showed what the team could be capable of in the coming seasons.

But with the highs, so came the lows.

The Wolves suffered losses from Guthrie and 6A Booker T. Washington to round out the non-district portion of their schedule. They plowed through Tulsa East Central 54-27 in their district opener and lost a double-overtime game to McAlester 54-53, but looked like they could be a district menace the rest of the way.

An unexpected loss to Coweta was followed by anticipated victories over Glenpool, Edison and Durant – but each with their struggles after losing York following the Coweta game. They had already had a playoff spot by the time they lost to Noble 56-33, but the loss to Coweta forced them into the final postseason position to play Bishop Kelley.

As with every season, the changing of the guard will take place and the young blood will take over following the departure of the seniors. With what was shown from some of the underclassmen and the varsity experience they were able to gain, there’s no reason to not be hopeful for Shawnee in the coming years.