Shawnee had trouble moving the ball early and slowing down speedy Booker T. Washington Friday evening at Jim Thorpe Stadium. The result was a 52-26 setback in the Class 6AII-2 matchup on Homecoming night.
The Hornets overloaded the line of scrimmage, daring the Wolves to pass. The heavy pressure led to many passes falling incomplete, including five of Shawnee's first six attempts.
The runners also felt the heat on the chilly night. Thirteen of Shawnee's 30 official rushes were for negative yardage, including seven sacks. The home team finished with 17 net yards on the ground.
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While Shawnee (1-5 overall, 0-3 in district) was forced to punt on each of its first four possessions, Washington (3-3, 2-1) scored the first three times it had the ball. A 19-yard TD pass, a 27-yard field goal, and a 41-yard completion that reached the end zone put the Hornets up 16-0.
Shawnee got its first score with 6:28 to go before halftime. Dre' Evans finished a five-play drive with a 6-yard scoring run. The possession was aided by two Washington pass interference penalties.
The closing moments of the first half saw a flurry of scores with four touchdowns in a span of 1:16. With 1:52 before halftime, Washington quarterback Gentry Williams connected with Micah Wease for a 40-yard TD pass. Shawnee's Scout Cawvey returned the ensuing kickoff 74 yards for a TD that cut the Hornets' lead to 22-13. Four plays later, Wease was in the end zone again on a 46-yard catch. Thirty seconds after that, Washington's Javian Hester intercepted an Evans pass and turned it into a 46-yard “pick-six.”
The Hornets led 36-13 at halftime.
Washington maintained its advantage in the second half with two more touchdowns while limiting Shawnee to a pair of TDs. The Wolves' Jaylon Orange scored on a 49-yard completion from Evans late in the third quarter. Demetress Beavers completed the SHS scoring with a 10-yard TD catch from Karsen Conaway with 3:06 remaining.
Three Shawnee passers combined for 143 yards, completing 7 of 21. Evans went 5-of-15 with one TD and two interceptions.
Washington's Williams was 11-of-22 for 260 yards and five touchdowns. Wease was on the receiving end of three scores while Hester had the other two.
Hornet Jaiden Carroll led all rushers with 22 carries for 108 yards. He also ran for a pair of 2-point conversions. As a team, Washington ran 45 times for 211 yards. Shawnee's top rusher was Beavers with 37 yards on nine attempts.
Penalties were also a factor, especially for the visitors from Tulsa. Washington was flagged 16 times for 145 yards. Shawnee was guilty of 10 infractions totaling 90 yards.
Shawnee will be at home again next week, taking on Muskogee Thursday night with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.
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