High school football notebook: Sandites outlast Pioneers
BY ZAK PATTERSON World Sports Writer
Sunday, October 21, 2012
10/21/12 at 7:12 AM
Raymond McLaurin rushed for three touchdowns while Cody Hilderbrandt had 140 yards receiving and two TDs to help lead 6A No. 9 Sand Springs past Stillwater 41-27 on Thursday. The Sandites (7-1, 4-1 District 6A-1) rallied after trailing 13-6 at halftime.
"We finally started executing," Sand Springs coach Dustin Kinard said. "We had dropped passes, fumbles and missed passes in the first half, but we came out and played well in the second half, and pulled away late."
The Sandites clinched their first playoff berth since 2008.
Lincoln back on track: Austin Grauer and Justin Flewellen helped Lincoln Christian end a two-game losing streak with a 42-7 victory over Westville on Thursday.
Grauer completed 14-of-23 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns. Flewellen had 20 rushes for 147 yards and three TDs. He also had six catches for 102 yards and a TD.
"We were in a situation where we had to win," Lincoln coach Darren Melton said about his 5-3 team's playoff hopes. "Austin has been steady for us all year long, and Justin did some great things tonight."
Lincoln entered Thursday in fifth in the District 3A-7 standings but moved past Jay and into a tie for third with Keys at 2-2. Four teams make the playoffs.
Smallwood powers Pryor: Carson Smallwood had 19 carries for 165 yards and four touchdowns, and wide receiver Brennon Barth produced 114 yards receiving and a touchdown, and also scored on a 91-yard interception return in a 40-13 win over Tahlequah on Thursday.
"Our district (5A-4) is crazy, anyone can get beat on any given night," said Pryor coach Jason Freeman. "We have exceeded the expectations of a lot of people and need one of these final two games."
Pryor (4-4 overall) is tied for third with Collinsville and Coweta at 3-2, one game behind co-leaders East Central and Claremore. Pryor ends the regular season with games at Collinsville and East Central.
Coweta rebounds: After a tough loss to Collinsville the previous week, Coweta (5-3, 3-2) got back on track with a 48-7 win over Grove on Thursday.
Jakeem Johnson had 120 yards and three TDs on five carries, including a 97-yard score. Coweta quarterback Hayden Holmes also had three TDs.
"I thought we came out and played pretty well after last week," said Coweta coach Bubba Burcham. "We control our own destiny, we can't look at what anyone else does."
Dewey prevails in shootout: Vince Moles rushed for 246 yards and four TDs on 14 carries to lead Dewey past Locust Grove 50-32 on Thursday.
Moles' back-to-back touchdown runs of 82 and 23 yards in the fourth quarter catapulted the Bulldoggers (5-3) over the Pirates (4-4).
"We didn't play very well at times, but we finally put it away and got the win," Dewey coach Chris Revard said.
Chargers stay unbeaten: Sixth-ranked 5A Memorial (8-0) stormed past winless Skiatook 57-21 after trailing 7-0 on Senior Night.
Quarterback Keith Driver had eight carries for 168 yards and three TDs. He went 15-of-17 through the air for 152 yards and two TDs. Kejuante Austin had 13 carries for 128 yards and two TDs. Josh Small led the Memorial defense with 15 tackles.
"Once they scored, that kind of woke us up," said Memorial coach Tony Daniels. "Our guys know what is at stake."
Memorial's Wanya Williams suffered a mild concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit. He was treated by emergency personnel for precautionary reasons and later released from the hospital.
Morris extends streak: Guthrie Dean's 85-yard touchdown run with 6:43 left snapped a scoreless tie and propelled Morris to its fourth straight win, 15-0, over Inola.
Dean had 131 rushing yards. His interception on the ensuing Inola possession helped seal the game for Morris (4-4, 4-0).
East Central’s William Goree runs against the Collinsville Cardinals during their game Thursday at the Eastside Sports Complex. JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World