Lawton High fumbles away lead, loses game
Lawton High lost the ball, and with it, just about any hope that remained of making the playoffs.
Twice in the fourth quarter, the Wolverines lost fumbles inside the Choctaw 10 yard line. A score on either possession would have gone a long way toward sealing a Lawton High win. Instead, Choctaw took advantage, and scored the final 21 points of the game to beat the Wolverines on Friday night, 41-35.
Lawton High took a 35-20 lead with 3:19 left in the third quarter, though the Yellowjackets answered right back with a two-play drive that ended with a touchdown on an end-around to Gabe Johnson, cutting the lead to nine.
On the ensuing drive, Lawton High did what works so often for them: ran up the gut and, when a pass was needed, called on Chateau Reed. After 11 plays, the Wolverines were at the Choctaw 13 yard line. Head coach Ryan Breeze threw a wrinkle in, inserting defensive back Elijah Reyes at quarterback to run a bootleg. But as Reyes was getting close to the end zone, cornerback Jordan Mukes punched the ball out, and the Jackets recovered at the 5.
And, 10 plays later, on a 3rd and 3, Deysean Moore took a screen pass 31 yards for the touchdown with 8:11 left.
With a slim lead, the Wolverines turned to their workhorse of the night, running back Christian Houston. In just two plays, Houston gashed the Choctaw defense for 60 yards and put LHS at the Yellowjacket 11 yard line. But two plays later, as he dove for extra yardage, Houston lost grip of the ball. Choctaw’s Angel Ackerman recovered the fumble and triumphantly held the ball up as Wolverine players dejectedly walked off the field.