SHAWNEE — At this time last year, Shawnee was 2-5 and struggling to find its way with a sophomore quarterback leading a team that was young all the way through.
A year later, that quarterback has grown up, and so has the roster around him. With essentially the same players as a year ago, other than a few minor differences, the Wolves are 5-2 coming off one of their biggest wins of the year, a 42-10 upset of then-No. 6 Tulsa Kelley.
Quarterback John Jacobs, 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, rushed for 89 yards on 13 carries and completed 13 of 18 passes for 250 yards with four total touchdowns to earn The Oklahoman's staff selection as the City-Area Player of the Week.
Jacobs has begun to draw some recruiting interest from programs such as Indiana and Oklahoma State, because of his size and speed. He ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash during a camp at Vanderbilt over the summer.
But the credit for Shawnee's turnaround belongs to more than just Jacobs. Running back Dillon Dutton had his third consecutive 100-yard game in the upset of Kelley, and Chris Lester had another strong performance, having emerged as a go-to receiver for the Wolves.
And the offensive line has emerged, despite one of its best players having yet to take the field this season because of injury.
“Our offensive line is big and physical,” Shawnee coach Billy Brown said. “We have two seniors, three juniors and a sophomore who play up there, and they've really come together. They've been good all season, but last week, they were doing it consistently. Every snap.”