SHAWNEE – The Wolves moved to 2-0 in district play with a 32-27 win over Ponca City for Homecoming Friday evening.
“I was proud of the way we played even though the atmosphere in pregame wasn't that good,” Coach Billy Brown said. “We had a good week of practice and I think that's what pulled us through. We have to clean a few things up and we give ourselves a chance to win.”
On Shawnee's first play from scrimmage, Heath Hunter found Trenton Skinner wide open down the Ponca City sideline for a 67-yard gain. Tre'Juan scored a one-yard touchdown on the next play. After a Kossi Kodoe kick, Shawnee led 7-0.
Ponca City tied the game with 6:47 left in the first quarter when quarterback Kyter Welch scored on a three-yard run. The extra point was good and the game remained tied until the second quarter.
At the 7:33 mark, Brown went deep in his playbook and called a play that resulted in Skinner finding Scout Cawvey in the end zone for an acrobatic 25-yard touchdown.
“They were playing hard and were getting the best of us up front,” Brown said. “We had to do something to turn the momentum in our favor and it worked out.”
After the Kodoe extra point, Shawnee took a 14-7 lead.
Later in the quarter, Hunter hooked up Skinner for a 24-yard touchdown. Kodoe's third extra point of the evening gave Shawnee a 21-7 lead with 4:11 remaining in the first half.
Right before half the Wolves struggled to get a first down and a bad snap on a fourth and long, resulted in Ponca City having good field position. Welch scored his second rushing touchdown of the game and the Wildcats trailed 21-14 at halftime.
“We had a few mental errors and looking back we should've done something else,” Brown said. “There were a few penalties and poor execution that series. I'm proud of the way the guys fought back even though we didn't have the momentum.”
Ponca City tied the game with an early second half touchdown. With 11:11 remaining in the third quarter, the game was knotted up at 21-21 on a Ponca City passing touchdown.
Shaw gave the Wolves the lead on a six-yard run. A Skinner to Maytubby two-point conversion gave Shawnee a 29-21 advantage to end the third quarter.
Ponca City made it a one score game on a 35-yard pass from Welch to Austin Haney. The Wildcats' attempt at a two-point conversion failed and the Wolves led 29-27.
Kodoe gave Shawnee a 32-27 lead on a 25-yard field goal and put the game out of reach.
Heath led the Wolves with 185 yards passing and one touchdown. He also carried the ball 10 times for 67 yards.
Shaw carried the load for the Shawnee ground attack, finishing with a team-high 138 yards and two scores.
As predicted, Skinner and Cawvey both had big games. Skinner added five receptions for 144 yards. He caught one touchdown and threw one.
Cawvey hauled in four receptions for 67 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, Shawnee put solid pressure on the opposing quarterback all night. Elijah Powis had two sacks. Jaylon Orange and Hudson Davis both added one sack apiece.
Shawnee (2-3, 2-0) will travel to Tulsa to face Booker T. Washington next week. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.