SHAWNEE – A bobbled snap in overtime led to Shawnee's first loss in 6A-II. Without their starting running backs, who were both injured late, the Wolves fell to Choctaw 35-34 Friday night in the 2018 season opener.
“I was very proud with the way we played. We started eight sophomores and a freshman,” Shawnee Coach Billy Brown said. “When we lost both our running backs, we were throwing kids in there who played Monday night on junior varsity. We have to get in better shape and keep working.”
Tre'Juan Shaw scored the first touchdown of the season for Shawnee, punching it in from three yards out.. The extra point was blocked and the Wolves took an early 6-0 lead.
Freshman Jaylon Orange recovered a Choctaw fumble in the end zone, preventing an early touchdown.
The Yellowjackets converted a 26-yard field goal early in the second quarter to keep the game close at 6-3.
Shawnee quarterback Heath Hunter extended the Shawnee lead with a one-yard touchdown run. Heath found Elijah Powis for the two-point conversion and the Wolves led 14-3 halfway through the second quarter.
Shaw scored his second touchdown of the evening. This one came from six yards out. Kosi Kodoe converted the extra point and the Shawnee lead was extended to 21-3.
Choctaw sophomore running back Corey Williams punched in a seven-yard run and a converted extra point made things close once again at 21-10.
A Shawnee holding penalty in the end zone resulted in a safety and Shawnee led 21-12 at the half.
After the teams came out of their locker rooms, the Yellowjackets converted a 38-yard field goal, inching closer at 21-15.
Then the injury bug struck.
Shaw and Powis both went down with injuries. Brown confirmed both would get checked out Saturday to determine the severity of both injuries.
Shawnee’s Con'cere Spencer recovered a fumble on the Choctaw sideline, but the very next drive Deysean Moore brought the game even at 21-21. Shawnee blocked the extra point.
Shawnee took the lead once more on a Hunter to Trenton Skinner touchdown pass. Kodoe's kick was good and the Wolves led 28-21.
Choctaw brought the game within one right before the end of regulation on a touchdown pass from Tad Williams to Zane Coleman. The extra point brought the score even at 28-28.
In overtime, Choctaw's Moore scored on an eight-yard touchdown and the visitors converted the extra point.
Hunter and Skinner then hooked up on their second touchdown connection to bring the Wolves within 35-34 but a bad extra-point snap resulted in an unsuccessful conversion.
Hunter led the Wolves with 215 yards through the air and two touchdown passes. He added one more touchdown with his legs.
Skinner was the leading receiver for Shawnee with 10 receptions for 158 yards and two scores. Scout Cawvey added three receptions for 28 yards.
Shaw had two touchdowns before the injury sidelined him.
Shawnee returns to action Aug. 31 at Guthrie. Kickoff is scheduled for a 7:30 start.