Billy Brown didn't go into Shawnee's game against Ponca City thinking about getting his 150th head coaching victory.
“We just needed a win, period,” Brown said of the Wolves' 28-20 triumph. “It was a good win for us.
Brown's longtime assistant, Wayne Jackson, reminded him after the game that he had reached the 150 mark. The Wolves trailed 14-0, then 17-14 before pulling ahead for good behind sophomore quarterback John Jacobs, who accounted for more than 400 total yards.
“Once you think about it, it's cool to do it,” Brown said of his 150 wins spread over 17 years at Shawnee and Wewoka. “You think about some of the other guys who have done it and it's humbling.”
Brown got No. 150 on the same night Seminole's Mike Snyder got No. 300. Brown played and coached against Snyder-coached teams at Wewoka.
“He beat me a few times, both as a player and a coach,” Brown said with a laugh. “I know I contributed to his win total.”
LOOMIS GETS 30
Deer Creek senior linebacker Austin Loomis had a monster game in the Antlers' 45-14 win over Edmond Memorial on Thursday night.
Loomis had 30 tackles — 18 solo and a sack included.
Through three games, Loomis has 54 tackles.
Loomis spent Saturday on a visit to Tulsa after visiting Indiana earlier this month. Later this month, he has a visit scheduled for New Mexico.
COACH: STILLWATER KEPT FIGHTING
Stillwater was among the surprises of the young high school football season. The Pioneers, despite losing several offensive stars, opened the 2012 season with wins over traditional powers McAlester and Midwest City.
But Friday, in its final nondistrict contest, Stillwater fell behind 33-0 at halftime in an eventual 36-14 loss at Mustang.
“I told them at halftime that we're gonna find out what they're made of in the second half,” said second-year coach Tucker Barnard. “I think we came out and kept fighting.”
Stillwater opens district play Friday at Ponca City.
“We wanted to establish that we aren't gonna stop; we just have to keep fighting,” Barnard said of Friday's second-half resolve. “I didn't want to learn that lesson tonight, but sometimes that's how it goes. We've gotta get better. (Mustang) out-coached us and they outplayed us.”
HUGHES SEES LIMITED TIME FOR JONES
Jones freshman Ty Hughes has been seeing playing time on the Longhorns' defensive line but was limited last week against OCS.
Hughes suffered a foot injury in the Longhorns' win over Hennessey. He tried to play against OCS, but only made it through a handful of plays.
Jones coach Dave Martin said Hughes' absence was part of the reason OCS had success running the ball late in the game after the Longhorns shut down the Saints on the ground for three-plus quarters.
“(Linebacker) Taylor (Bilyeu) was able to have plenty of space for most of the game to make plays, but that space went away there late,” Martin said. “He had more people in his lap there near the end.”
Jones opens Class 3A play on the road at Marlow on Friday.