Lawton senior Michael Warren got a taste of success last season when he rose from fourth on the depth chart to the lineup following a series of injuries.
He rushed for more than 100 yards in three of five games he played in.
Friday, though, was his breakout performance. Warren had 272 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in the Wolverines' 63-9 victory against Lawton Eisenhower.
Warren's final run was a 95-yard touchdown that capped the final score and widest margin of victory in the storied rivalry.
“Believe it or not, we expected that,” Lawton coach Randy Breeze said. “He's got speed and size, and he's developed a little shake-and-bake in him.
“He's been under the radar, but I think the word is probably out on how good he is.”
During the summer, Warren unexpectedly attended a camp at Texas A&M and ran a 4.3 40-yard dash, Breeze said.
“I just think he's going to get better and better,” Breeze said. “He went out in track and he just got consistently better each week. His speed has improved and improved, so because of that we expect him to continue to get better.”
BLANCHARD OPENS TITLE DEFENSE WITH ROUT
Blanchard coach Jeff Craig felt like some of his concerns entering the season were answered Friday night.
The Lions opened their Class 3A title defense with a 46-14 rout of Bethany behind a strong rushing attack with Braden Stringer and new quarterback Blake Owen.
Craig was concerned with the transition to Owen under center and having to rely on the run game.
“To really depend on the running game like we did last night was big for us,” he said. “I think as Blake gets more comfortable with all of the things that are going on with the offensive side, we can kind of expand a little bit and bring our pass game into play. That will just complement our run game that much better.