Wolves Travel To Durant For District Opener
September 24, 2020
Shawnee (0-2) has not had an easy non-district season so far. And that has little to do with their opponents. They opened early on Aug. 28, normally a second scrimmage week, with a traditional powerhouse, the Guthrie Bluejays. Guthrie won that game, 34-16. The Wolves struggled on third downs in that game, converting only one of 13, but the defense held the Bluejays to 249 yards of total offense.
Week two for the Wolves was supposed to be a season opener with the Ardmore Tigers. After almost a full week of practice and preparation for the Tigers, Coach Jason Sexton learned the day before the contest that Ardmore could not play due to COVID-19 related reasons.
Coach Sexton, not wanting his kids to lose a game, quickly scheduled a game with 2020 district foe the McAlester Buffaloes. Again, the Wolves had multiple bright spots, including being a touchdown from tying in the fourth quarter, but fell 34-13.
This past week, Shawnee prepared to play the Carl Albert Titans, but that game too was cancelled due to COVID-19.
With the non-district portion of the schedule behind them now, the Wolves look to focus on district play and competing for a playoff spot once again. Tomorrow night the Wolves will be on the road for their return back to Class 5A with the Durant Lions (1-2).
Durant opened with Class 3A Madill, winning 42-14, followed by losses to Glenpool and Ada, 20-0 and 28-0, respectively.
Since Shawnee's recent two-year appointment to Class 6A-II, the Lions have been absent from the schedule. The last time the Wolves played Durant was in 2017, winning 51-28, when this year's seniors were freshmen. During the six-year span between 2012 and 2017 when Shawnee was in Class 5A, the two met each year, with Shawnee holding a 5-1 edge in the series. Kickoff is set for 7 pm tomorrow night.