Wolverines Fall To Bixby In Opening Round of Playoffs
Last season, the Lawton Wolverine's season came to a disappointing end, as they fell to the Bixby Spartans the division 6A-II Championship game 35-21. The Wolverine's welcomed the Spartans to Cameron Stadium Saturday, looking for a little revenge as the two teams met in the opening round of the 2015 6A-II playoffs.
Turn-overs and penalties led to disappointment for Lawton, as they turned the ball over 6 times and Nic Roller ran for 143 yards and two scores, while Cade Cabbiness hauled in 11 receptions for 125 yards and the Bixby Spartans upset the top ranked Lawton Wolverines 36-6 Saturday afternoon.
Zack Hanna fumbled the first two snaps on the opening drive, losing the second, which led to Rollers first touchdown, a 10 yard run off left tackle. The 2-pt conversion was good and Bixby led 8-0. The teams traded punts and turnovers through the first half and Bixby took that 8-0 lead to the locker room at half.
The Wolverines offense showed signs of life in the third quarter. After DiaVonte Michael returned an interception to the Lawton 32, Hanna hit Jair Thomas on a swing pass and Thomas did the rest, taking the catch 62 yards for a Lawton touchdown. The interception by Michael was just one of 4 for the Wolverines on the day, but the only one they would end up capitalizing on. The try for 2 was no good, and Bixby led 8-6.
Lawton held the Spartans on the ensuing drive, but Tanner Griffin's punt, which appeared to be a touch back was instead placed at Lawton's 1/2 yard line, pinning the Wolverine's deep in their own territory. One the first snap of the drive, Hanna fumbled the ball pulling out from center and the Spartans fell on the loose ball in the end zone for the score. The extra point was good and Bixby seemed to turn the tide and took a 15-6 lead early in the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter was all Bixby's as Lawton just couldn't seem to get out of their own way. After the fumble recovery for a score, Bixby got a 1 yard dive from Roller for a score, along with touchdown passes of 20 and 2 yards from Griffin to Cabbiness. The final score came with just :42 on the clock and seemed to be a bit of rubbing it in by the Spartans. Words were exchanged on the field after the play by both teams.
When it is all said and done, the Wolverine team was outplayed and over powered by a quicker, older Spartan squad. Bixby featured 11 seniors on their starting offensive squad and 6 on defense. The Wolverines, in contrast, started just 3 seniors on offense and 4 on defense. Lawton's offense had trouble getting on track all day, fumbling the ball 3 times on the first 5 plays. Hanna struggled, throwing 3 interceptions on the day and neither DeQuan Weaver or Tre Curry could get on track to get the running game going. Jair Thomas was forced to punt 11 times on the day and the Bixby defense played as if they had a player in the Lawton huddle all day long, staying one step ahead of the Wolverines on almost every play.
Bixby moves on to face Bartlesville in the semi-finals. Bartlesville defeated Midwest City 35-14 Friday night to advance to the second round. For the Wolverines, preparation for the 2016 season begins. The Wolverines will be returning 8 starters on offense, including quarterback Zack Hanna and running back Tre Curry. On defense, 7 starters will return, including Curry, linebacker Levi Cain and cornerback and punter Jair Thomas.
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