Battle amongst themselves
Lawton High steamrolled through its regular season schedule with a perfect 10-0 record in a full Class 6A in 2013.
Now that 6A has been split, the Wolverines had to scramble to find non-district opponents. Once that was finalized, the Wolverine coaching staff began looking for scrimmage opponents. The only school that agreed to scrimmage LHS was Duncan during the second week of scrimmages.
So what did Lawton High come up with? A good old-fashioned intrasquad.
Sure it's mostly unheard of and Lawton High has never had to do it, but head coach Randy Breeze, ever the optimist, had some good takeaways from it.
"I was very pleased with what we did. I don't know if that's not better than a regular scrimmage," Breeze said. "We got 107 snaps, so for 107 plays, a Wolverine had success on one side of the ball or the other. I was real pleased with how well we ran the ball. I was real pleased with how physical we were up front on both sides of the ball."
The only thing that slowed the Wolverines down was the scorching triple-digit heat that was probably 15 degrees hotter on the turf at Cameron Stadium. But even that didn't stop big plays coming from the offense.
New quarterback Jack Meservy connected on some nice passes to Kalin Sadler. Darreyl Patterson and Mahlik Hanna broke some nice runs and lowered the boom on a couple of defenders. Those plays weren't lost on the venerable Breeze.
"It's a toss-up between Patterson's running ability, Meservy's throwing and the blocking up front by the line," he said of what he liked the most. "Those three weapons are unbelievable. Are you going to double team Sadler and let Patterson run the football to the weak side? Or are you going to beef up the box to help your defensive line and let our receivers go 1-on-1? People that play us are going to have a problem."