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.
“We feel pretty good about where we are right now and we'll just continue to progress.”
Stringer rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, while Owen rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries.
THOMAS SETS BROKEN ARROW CAREER MARK
Broken Arrow senior running back Devon Thomas needed just 33 yards entering Friday's game against Owasso to set the school's career rushing record.
Thomas, an Oklahoma State commitment, rushed for 180 yards and one touchdown to pass former standout Cameron Wrenn on the list with 2,765 yards.
Wrenn rushed for 2,518 yards from 2010-12.
Broken Arrow coach Steve Spavital said he was impressed with Thomas' all-around effort in the 37-16 victory.
“His leadership, his intensity, his example just really did a great job for us,” Spavital said. “He ran hard, he ran hard. It's just yards after contact is what he did really well.”
LUTHER DUO SHINES IN WIN
The duo of Maurice Wright and Blake Browning sparked Luther to a 47-0 win against Wellston on Friday.
Wright scored three touchdowns — all in the second half to extend a 14-0 halftime lead — and rushed for 143 yards on five carries.
He scored on runs of 65 and 68 yards. He also caught an 11-yard TD pass from quarterback Seth Stivers.
Browning led the way defensively, recording 15 tackles and one pass breakup.