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By Kevin Nichols
Contributing Writer 

SHS Wolves Lose 34-13 To McAlester After Ardmore Cancels

 

September 17, 2020

Shawnee senior, Karran Evans, is tackled by three McAlester players during the game on Sept. 12.

The Ardmore Tigers notified Shawnee last Wednesday that they had to cancel the non-district game due to COVID-19. One day later, and one day before Friday night, Shawnee coach Jason Sexton picked up a district foe, McAlester, as a replacement. Shawnee will travel to McAlester week nine on October 30 for a district contest. "I didn't want to lose a game. I called them and we agreed to play. We traded one film each. Our kids deserve to play."

Shawnee (0-2) lost to McAlester (2-0), 34-13. The Buffaloes struck first on a 52-yard pass down the sideline and led, 7-0. Shawnee's offense was held to a three-and-out, but the defense then forced a turnover on downs. "We had a lot of teaching to do in two days to get ready for McAlester's offense." 

The Buffaloes, led by running back Dakota McCarty, who finished the night with 227 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries, broke loose in the second quarter for a 42-yard scoring run, increasing the lead, 13-0.  It appeared the visitors might get another score to end the first half, but the Wolves' defense ended the drive with an interception.

Shawnee received the second half kickoff and promptly drove down the field, scoring with 8:00 left in the third quarter and cutting the McAlester lead, 13-6, after the extra point was blocked. The Buffaloes answered on the ensuing kickoff with another McCurty touchdown run, this time a 76-yarder, and McAlester led, 20-6. Shawnee special teams made a big play shortly after when a McAlester punt returner dropped the ball after a fair catch attempt. However, after reaching the 16-yard line, the offense stalled and turned the ball over on downs. 

The Wolves would score once more in the 4th quarter, cutting the deficit to 20-13.  McAlester then put up 14 unanswered points to complete the scoring.

 

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