Wolverines Close Out Regular Season With 33-25 Win Over Choctaw
With the District 6A-II title already in their hands, the 2nd ranked Lawton Wolverines capped off their season Thursday night, defeating the Choctaw Yellow Jackets 33-25, to finish district play undefeated.
Lawton tried to run away with the win early. After giving up a 5-yard touchdown run to Choctaw's Tyrell Bell, the Wolverines rebounded with a 54-yard touchdown pass from Zack Hanna to Markeanan Hair to put Lawton ahead 7-6. The Wolverines would add scores from Tre Curry (1-yard) and DeQuan Weaver (6 yards) to take a 20-6 lead. After an 8-yard touchdown run from Choctaw's Lonell Burris, Terrell Shaw would step it up on defense and bat a Dylan Weaver pass into the air, Keith Thierry hauling it in and running it back for a touchdown, giving the Wolverines a 27-12 halftime lead.
Lawton had its chances to blow the game open in the second half, but the Yellowjackets were playing for their playoff lives and just wouldn't surrender with their season's fate still on the line. Burris would score again from the Yellowjacket Wildcat formation, and with the extra point, they trimmed the Wolverine lead to 27-19.
With Tre Curry sidelined in the second half, DeQuan Weaver did the majority of the ground work for the Wolverines. Weaver would score his second touchdown of the night on a 10 yard dive play, and Lawton stretched its lead to 33-19. But Choctaw would not roll over. Shandon Overstreet returned the kick-off 53-yards, setting the Yellowjackets up at the Lawton 8-yard-line late in the third quarter, and Burris would cap the drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Drew Myrick, and the gap was once again narrowed to 8 at 33-25.
The Wolverines were without the heart and soul of their defense, middle line backer Levi Cain, but the rest of the Wolverines picked up the slack, forcing four turnovers, two of those on the final two series of the game, to seal the victory.
The fourth quarter was a defensive struggle, with both squads keeping the opposing offenses in check. It once again came down to the final two drives of the game. Choctaw took over late in the 4th quarter at their own 43. The 'Jackets quickly drove downfield, picking up three quick first downs, leaving them at the Lawton 21. But just then, the Wolverines buckled down, forcing a third-and-nine. Dylan Weaver rolled right and was in a scramble to avoid being sacked and he just threw up a wild heave. Three Wolverines found themselves in the neighborhood of the pass, and it was Marcheenan Hair who hauled in the interception to protect the lead.
After a three and out for the Wolverines, Jair Thomas dropped back to punt. A high snap forced Thomas to scramble, coming within measuring distance of a first down, but the Yellowjackets would take the ball over at the Lawton 29 yards. The Wolverines would hold Choctaw on the first two plays, and on 3rd and 8, Choctaw running back Sean Thompson and quarterback Dylan Weaver collided at the handoff and the ball flew free. After a big a big scrum under the pile, Jayquan Lincoln emerged from the pile holding the ball, with just 1:07 left on the clock.
The Wolverines would then run out the clock, sealing the victory to finish the regular season at 8-1, 6-0 in district play. DeQuan Weaver took advantage of the increase in carries, carrying the ball a season high 30 times for 160 yards and 2 scores. Tre Curry, who was injured late in the 2nd quarter and did not return, carried 11 times for 58 yards and a touchdown. Zack Hannah was 4 of 7 passing for 124 yards and a touchdown, the big strike to Marcheenan Hair, who tallied 74 receiving and 31 rushing yards on the night.
The Wolverines will kick off their drive to the state championship next Saturday, as the welcome the Bixby Spartans to Lawton. The Wolverines will be looking for payback, as this game will be a rematch of last years 6-A Championship game, won by Bixby 35-21. Kick-off is at 2:00 at Cameron Stadium, and you can catch all the action live, starting with the Wolverine pre-game show on Lawton/Ft. Sill's Rock Station, Z94 and z94.com.