Last week the Wolves came up short against Muskogee, losing 35-26. This week they look to rebound against another tough opponent as they host Sapulpa (5-2, 2-2).
If last week taught the Wolves (2-5, 2-2) anything, it is the fact they can rally back from a double digit deficit and make the game interesting.
For the first time all season, quarterback Heath Hunter threw for more than 300 yards. He finished the game with 352 yards and two touchdowns. It was the first time since week zero against Choctaw that Hunter had at least 200 yards passing. Hunter's 352 yards last week was the most any quarterback has thrown for in the area this season. Through seven games the senior signal caller has thrown for 1,104 yards and seven touchdowns. He is currently the area's second leading passer.
Sapulpa's Eli Williams has thrown for 894 yards and five touchdowns. The junior is completing 58 percent of his passes and has rushed for 583 yards and 11 touchdowns. Against similar competition, the 6'5” junior, threw for 247 yards and four touchdowns against Muskogee.
Shawnee seems to live and die with how well Tre'Juan Shaw runs the ball. In both games he's run for more than 100 yards, the team is 2-0. On a positive note, Shaw found the end zone twice last week. He was held to 59 yards rushing.
Williams leads Sapulpa with 583 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. Te'zohn Taft, only a sophomore, is second on the team with 422 yards rushing (11.1 yards per carry) and four touchdowns. Marcus Esparza has 383 yards and four scores while A.J. Checotah adds 228 yards and four touchdowns to an impressive backfield. As a team, Sapulpa has rushed for 1,621 yards and 23 touchdowns.
After a breakout performance last week, Scout Cawvey ranks third in the area with 453 yards and three scores. Teammate Trenton Skinner ranks fourth in the area with 440 yards and three touchdowns of his own. Jaylon Orange ranks third on the team with 146 yards and two touchdown .
Taft leads Sapulpa with 455 yards (28.4 yards per catch) and five touchdowns on 16 receptions. The second leading receiver for Sapulpa Kenyon Kahmeyer with eight receptions for 197 yards (24.6 YPC) and two touchdowns. The Chieftains have five receivers who average more than 10 yards per catch.
The Shawnee offensive line will have their hands full with a Sapulpa defense and an above average pass rush. As a team, the Chieftains have 10 sacks. Esparza leads the defense with 82 tackles.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday.