STILLWATER — The ball kept finding its way to Mykel Shaw, and the Anadarko senior kept making big plays.
Shaw had a fumble recovery, an interception return for a touchdown, and a receiving TD to spark the top-ranked Warriors' 40-0 rout of sixth-ranked Poteau in the Class 4A state championship game Saturday afternoon at Boone Pickens Stadium.
“He's our leader, and he showed out today,” Anadarko quarterback Brandon Pollard said. “He showed us how we play Anadarko football, and really got it going for us.”
With Poteau threatening to score the game's first points, Shaw recovered a fumble at the Anadarko 1-yard line. It was Poteau's second fruitless trip to the red zone in the first quarter.
“It really set the tone when we held them out those two times,” Anadarko coach Kent Jackson said. “It made a big, big difference, because we could've easily been down 14-0. Instead, we got a chance for our offense to get on track.”
The Warriors responded with a 99-yard touchdown drive for a 7-0 lead that turned out to be the game's huge momentum shift. Pollard and running back R.J. Sink each had big runs on the drive.
“Every game, when we go score, then we start rolling from there,” Shaw said.
On Poteau's first offensive snap following the kickoff, Shaw came up with an interception, which he returned 31 yards for a touchdown.
A few plays later, Traymayne Wauahdooah recovered a fumble in the end zone as Anadarko scored three touchdowns in a span of 1:21 to take firm control of the game late in the first quarter.
Shaw added another score when he took a screen pass 32 yards early in the second quarter.
Pollard had a 4-yard TD run, and hit Sink on a 29-yard scoring pass. But it was the defense that set the tone for the Warriors.
“Those two stops early were a lot of momentum for us,” Shaw said. “But our defense is strong. We're tough, and just came out and got it done.”
Anadarko has played in three straight championship games, winning its only two state titles in school history. The Warriors won the Class 3A title in 2011.
“They both feel the same,” Jackson said. “You enjoy them. We're so blessed to be able to do this. Not everybody gets to do it, and we feel so blessed to be here.”