Shawnee appears to be getting comfortable again in Class 5A.
The Wolves, who struggled during the 2010 and 2011 seasons playing in Class 6A, looked more like their old selves in beating No. 3 Bishop McGuinness 14-7 Friday night at Clement Pribil Stadium.
Shawnee scored on its first two possessions, then relied on its defense to beat the Irish. The Wolves came up with four interceptions in upsetting a team that reached the 5A semifinals a year ago.
“If we played them 10 times, it'd probably be 5-5,” said Shawnee coach Billy Brown, whose team was 5-6 last season including a 32-13 loss to McGuinness. “You give up seven points to these guys, that's a pretty good game.
“Our seniors played in 6A for a year. Some of them started as sophomores. We had to learn how to win again.”
Junior quarterback John Jacobs had a 65-yard completion to Landon Harper on Shawnee's second play, setting the Wolves up at the Irish 5. Jacobs scored on a keeper three plays later.
After McGuinness tied it on Jacob Lewis' 9-yard run, Shawnee answered right back. A 10-yard completion to Harper on a fourth-and-4 play from the Irish 28 kept the drive alive and Jacobs scored on a 6-yard run early in the second quarter.
Jacobs ran for 75 yards on 23 carries and completed 10 of 21 passes for 134 yards.
Lewis, an Oklahoman Super 30 player, ran for 84 yards but struggled in the passing game, going 3-of-12 for 46 yards and four interceptions.
“They wanted it more tonight,” Irish coach Justin Jones said. “After the success we've had around here the last few years, you think you can just come out here and play football and good things are going to happen. It doesn't work like that.”
PIRATES HAMMER PANTHERS
JaVone Knox ran for 83 yards and two touchdowns, and the Putnam City defense played well during the Pirates' 34-6 rout of Putnam City North in a Class 6A game at Putnam City Stadium.
Knox had 1- and 5-yard runs to give Putnam City a 13-0 lead, then Michael Jordan returned an interception 38 yards for a TD to make it a rout before halftime.
Putnam City's defense held Putnam North to 145 total yards.
HENNESSEY RALLIES LATE
Class 2A's No. 5-ranked Hennessey scored all of its points in the fourth quarter and beat Christian Heritage 28-14 in Del City. Dylan Hatchel ran for 60 yards and three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. William Lott added a 59-yard run for the Eagles.