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LHS claims 3rd straight city title in shortened win over Ike

For the 11th consecutive year, Lawton High beat Eisenhower in football. And for the third straight season, the city championship of Lawton high school football went to the north side of town.

Aside from those two trends continuing, very little else about Friday night’s game was conventional or expected — not the way it started, not the way it ended and certainly not majority of the first half.

With lightning bearing down on Southwest Oklahoma, the game was suspended and eventually cancelled with 1:30 still left in the third quarter, with Lawton High claiming a 29-7 win over Eisenhower.

The game was put on hold right after Lawton High running back Christian Houston had scored his third touchdown of the night. Houston powered the Wolverine offense by rushing for 160 yards on 13 carries. His contribution was even more valuable with the rest of the LHS offense only mustering 99 yards combined.

In fact, Houston accounted for all of Lawton High’s offensive touchdowns. The only one not scored by Houston came on the third play of the game. After a tackle for loss and a penalty, Ike had 2nd and 20 from its 14. Ike quarterback Ethan Roberts, while trying to escape pressure in the pocket, threw toward the sideline, where it was intercepted by cornerback Caeleb Fuller and returned 18 yards for a Lawton High score. The entire Lawton High stands and sideline erupted with joy. It could not have been scripted any better.

“The game could not have started better for us,” Lawton High coach Ryan Breeze said. “We were so fired up because that’s what we had preached all week. We forced them into a long situation, intercepted a pass and we’re up 8-0 about a minute into the ballgame.”

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