Hopper, Davis lead LHS to 56-28 rout
EDMOND - It may have happened a few days after Halloween, but Lawton High was scary-good - especially in the opening quarter and handed out an abundance of treats in a 56-28 drubbing of Deer Creek here Friday night.
The No. 3-ranked Wolverines scored 28 points in the first seven minutes of the game, had a massive 42-7 lead by early in the second period and were never tested in rolling to their sixth straight win in the regular season finale. LHS, now 8-2 on the season, finished runner-up in District 6AII-1 and will host Muskogee in a first-round playoff game next week.
Quarterback Alihas Hopper completed his first 10 passes and finished 21-of-26 on the night for 238 yards and five touchdowns, finding wide receiver Jayquan Lincoln and tight end Nathan Eggleton for two TDs apiece. Tailback supreme Miles Davis was unstoppable as well with 203 yards and two scores on a mere 18 carries.
LHS racked up 383 yards in the first half and finished with 524 in eclipsing the 50-point mark for the fourth time this season.
"Offensively we played about as good a first quarter as we could," head coach Randy Breeze said. "We've done a good job all year of taking what the defense gives us and I thought we did that again tonight. We really played well until we started to hold and that's something we've obviously got to stop.
"Deer Creek has improved every week and got a lot better throughout the year. We had trouble stopping them in the second half. We were able to empty the bench in the fourth quarter and it was nice to play a bunch of kids."
The Wolverines wasted little time getting started, taking the opening kickoff and going 65 yards in eight plays and two minutes. Hopper had the biggest play, stepping out of a would-be sack early in the quick-strike march before finding Lincoln for 21 yards and a first down.
The senior signal-caller capped the drive five plays later with a 10-yard scoring toss to Lincoln and the rout was on.
Deer Creek tried a little trickery on its initial possession with a fake punt try from midfield, but Jaylik Gibson stopped the fourth-and-long play for two yards and it took just 10 seconds for LHS to increase its lead.
Davis found a gaping hole up the middle on first down, quickly got to the sideline and easily outran five defenders to the end zone for the 52-yard score that made it 14-0 just four minutes into the game.