Wolves Looking For Revenge Against Yellowjackets
September 5, 2019
The Shawnee Wolves, looking for revenge from last year's 35-34 overtime defeat against the Choctaw Yellowjackets, just couldn't catch a break in their season opener Friday.
The Yellowjackets scored two touchdowns in the first four minutes, setting the pace for the rest of the game, and the Wolves were left trailing behind 49-21.
The first half was messy for the Wolves, as their defense struggled to stop the Yellowjacket offense from driving down the field. In their first possession of the game, it only took the Jackets five plays to reach the end zone, and the next one, coming right after from an onside kick, was almost as quick.
The Wolves' offense got in a few good plays, especially from Jaylon Orange, who made several catches, but they just couldn't get the ball downfield.
Choctaw's third touchdown came in the second quarter, after a last-minute pass on a fourth down and long play put them on Shawnee's 30-yard line.
In the second half, the Wolves picked up their offensive game, scoring three touchdowns to match the Yellowjackets for the half, but they couldn't recover from their first-half mishap.
While it took the Wolves three quarters to score their first touchdown, the lead up to it was still impressive.
The Wolves were lined up just inside Choctaw territory when quarterback Dre' Evans fumbled the ball back ten yards across the 50-yard line. He recovered it and threw it away before getting sacked. It was an amazing pass right to receiver Scout Cawvey on the 25-yard line, who dodged a tackle and ran in for the touchdown.
BUT, that touchdown was called back because of an illegal-lineman-downfield penalty.
That didn't faze Evans or Cawvey, though, and a few possessions later they repeated the same play for a successful 40-yard touchdown.
Orange scored the next 32-yard touchdown for the Wolves in the fourth quarter on a pass from Evans, and Cawvey followed up with another touchdown in the last minute of the game with an 18-yard pass in the end zone from back-up quarterback Karson Conway.
The Wolves have some wrinkles to smooth out to prevent teams racking up points like the Yellowjackets did in this game. Five of Choctaw's touchdown-scoring possessions came from mistakes: one from an onside kick not recovered, three from interceptions, and one from a fourth-and-20 long pass not getting blocked.
The Wolves' home opener is Friday at 7:30 pm against Guthrie.