SHAWNEE – Shawnee picked up their first win of the season in a rain-soaked affair, beating Sand Springs 23-20 in overtime.
Tre'Juan Shaw put the Wolves on his back scoring all three Shawnee touchdowns but it was the special teams unit of kicker Kossi Kodoe, holder Trenton Skinner and long snapper Braden Freeman with the redemption. The same unit mishandled a snap in overtime against Choctaw but this time the outcome was much different as Kodoe's kick was good from 27 yards out.
“It's been a tough road and we needed a win that's for sure,” Coach Billy Brown said. “I was proud of the way we fought back. When Shaw is on the field he makes us so much better. Then Kossi's field goal was exactly what we needed in this tough game.”
On the Sandites' first play from scrimmage Joel Mackey took the ball 80 yards to the house. The extra point failed and with 16 seconds off the clock, Sand Springs took a 6-0 lead.
Tre'Juan Shaw took his first carry of the game for 13 yards, but three penalties stalled out the early drive and the Wolves were forced to punt.
On the Sandite's next possession, Mackey fumbled and Elijah Powis fell on the ball giving the Wolves good field position, inside the Shawnee 30-yard line.
With 5:48 remaining the first quarter, Shaw tied the game up with a 20-yard scamper.
The first pass of the game came on a Sandites fourth and short and with Jaylon Orange on the coverage Shawnee forced a turnover on downs.
A Shawnee fumble on the ensuing drive, recovered by Sand Springs' freshman Caden Glass, resulted in Shawnee's first turnover. A few plays later, Caden Pennington scored from 16 yards out. A bad snap on the extra point gave Sand Springs a 12-6 lead with 9:45 remaining in the first half.
The Sandites had a chance to score at right before the end of the second quarter but as time expired Demetries Beavers broke up a play in the end zone.
At halftime, Shawnee trailed Sand Springs 12-6.
Shawnee did not attempt a pass in the first half. Shaw led the Wolves with 76 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Trenton Skinner had one carry for 30 yards and quarterback Heath Hunter chipped in 21 yards on the ground.
On Shawnee's first possession of the second half, Shaw made a few defenders miss, scoring from 27 yards out. Skinner was unable to convert the two-point conversion and the game was tied 12-12 with 9:30 remaining in the third quarter.
Shaw scored his third touchdown of the game on a five-yard run. He also punched in the two-point conversion and with 2:33 left in the third quarter, Shawnee took a 20-12 lead.
With 8:44 remaining in the game, Pennington tied the game up at 20-20 with a one-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion.
Shawnee had a chance in the red zone with 3:04 remaining, but Hunter was unable to convert on fourth and five.
Pennington threw his first interception of the season, and Shawnee's Orange was there to prevent the go-ahead touchdown, his second of the season.
In overtime, Sand Springs was unable to convert on their first possession. Koddoe's kick on fourth down gave the Wolves their first district win.
Shaw had a team-high 238 yards and three touchdowns. Hunter finished with 48 yards rushing.
Shawnee (1-3, 1-0) returns to action Sept. 28 with a home contest against Ponca City. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.