SHAWNEE – The Wolves earned an important win in their Homecoming game Friday night against Glenpool. Shawnee downed the Warriors 36-19 to keep from taking their third loss in a row and move to 3-4 (2-2) on the season.
“A win's good at this point. We played hard and made a lot of adjustments during the game. They showed us some stuff they hadn't shown offensively and defensively and the kids responded,” coach Billy Brown said.
Leading 16-13 going to the second half with Glenpool set to receive the ball, Shawnee quickly turned things around in their favor. Rhett Roach recovered a Glenpool fumble on the kickoff to give Shawnee possession at the 21-yard line. Everything changed after that.
“That was big coming out and getting the ball in the second half on the fumble on the kickoff,” Brown said.
Braden McGinnis rushed four times, culminating in a 4-yard touchdown run to go ahead 22-13 with 10 minutes left in the third. The Wolves kept attacking and showed that the adjustments made after the half worked, with the momentum fully in their favor.
McGinnis rushed for one more touchdown capped with a conversion pass from Jack Diamond to Trenton Skinner and Diamond hit Spencer Gordon from 15 yards out for Shawnee's other touchdown of the half.
Having McGinnis be a bigger part of the running game was one of the adjustments Brown had planned for.
“We put that in this week. We have two packages with him running the ball,” he said. “We know we need to run the clock and get it into the end zone and he's a big old strong kid and the whole offensive line did a good job blocking for him.”
The Wolves took a 9-0 lead on a 26-yard touchdown reception from Diamond to Christian Patterson followed by a safety with 6:42 left in the first to take an early lead but had struggles for much of the rest of the first half.
The defense gave up a 15-yard touchdown reception and a four-yard run to fall behind 13-9 with 2:33 left. Diamond and the offense made their way downfield and pulled out a 2-yard touchdown reception to Skinner and Kossi Kodoe kicked the PAT to take a 16-13 lead before the break.
The Wolves' running game ruled the second half with 95 yards on the ground, spearheaded by McGinnis, who finished the game with 10 rushes for 39 yards with 37 of those in the final two quarters. Diamond led all rushers with 71 yards on nine carries in large thanks to a 31-yard run in the second half. Trejuan Shaw had eight carries for 33 yards and Malik Tate was 4-25.
Diamond was 12-of-21 for 152 yards through the air with 64 yards going to Patterson on five receptions.
This was the first game the team played without wide receiver Tyree York, who is questionable to return by season's end after suffering a broken rib last week against Coweta. Brown adjusted by not running a four-receiver rotation as often, opting instead to concentrate on tight ends.
“We ran a lot more tight end tonight than we have in the past,” Brown said. “Just had to use three receivers. Scout Coffee, a freshman kid, came in as our fourth receiver and had a big catch in the first half. He's the fastest kid on the team and we've got to use him. But until he gets molded into that we're going to do a lot more tight end and three receiver stuff.”
The Wolves will travel to Tulsa Edison next week for a Thursday game as they seek to get ahead in district play.