LAWTON This is D.J. Wolfe at 80 percent:
Dominant. Faster than the Putnam City North defense. Good enough to get Lawton Eisenhower past the Panthers 42-31 in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs on a rainy Thursday night at Cameron Stadium.
Wolfe was only 80 percent because of a bruised left knee, but he was only stopped on rare occasions.
The Lawton Ike senior ran for a career-best 248 yards on a career-high 29 carries.
"I felt like they couldn't tackle me tonight, said Wolfe, 100 percent smiling after the victory. "Everything's looking up now.
Eighth-ranked Ike is in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2000 and will play either No. 1 Tulsa Union or unranked Muskogee in the second round of the playoffs on Nov. 21. At Union if the Redskins win. In Lawton if Muskogee wins.
That's reason enough to be happy. Another reason is Wolfe. Held out of a game and a half this season due to the injured knee, Wolfe should be even stronger in another week, thanks to more treatment and a dose of adrenaline gained from the victory.
Trailing by two touchdowns in the first quarter, Ike scored the next four touchdowns three from Wolfe and really wasn't threatened after that.
"He was as good as it gets, Eisenhower coach Bill Whiteley said of Wolfe. "There's no more tomorrows for him. We're going to turn him loose.
Outdoing Putnam North running back Deji Karim, who rushed for 136 yards and scored four times, including an 88-yard kickoff return, Wolfe carried his team to the second round.
All of that with a bum knee.
"They told me to be ready tonight, Wolfe said. "I was. My offensive line was great. I wanted the ball, and I felt like I got stronger as the game went on.
Putnam North, its season over at 6-5, scored on its opening possession. A 42-yard interception return by Kyler Dawson made it 13-0, and the Panthers scored again on their next possession making it 19-7.
But from there, North struggled. Sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford didn't play the final three quarters, possibly due to injury. The Panthers finished the half punting twice, fumbling once and turning it over on an interception.
Ike got a 68-yard pass from Kyle Thornton to Marcus Henry for a first-quarter TD and scored twice more on Wolfe touchdown runs before the half.Archive ID: 1582646