High school football: Southmoore shocks No. 1-ranked Lawton
Sophomore linebacker Keaton Bell forces two fumbles, intercepts a pass as SaberCats beat Lawton 20-17 at Cameron Stadium.
LAWTON — Sophomore linebacker Keaton Bell wasn't in the lineup to start the football season for Southmoore.
Thursday night, against Class 6A No. 1-ranked Lawton, Bell came up huge.
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He had an interception and forced a pair of fumbles that Southmoore recovered as the SaberCats beat the Wolverines 20-17 on the road.
“It was more mental why he wasn't playing earlier,” Southmoore coach Jeff Brickman said. “He's come a long way, though. He's got a chance to be a really special player for us.”
There was little doubt about that against Lawton, as all of the turnovers came deep inside Southmoore territory.
“There aren't a lot of people that have known who he was,” Southmoore's Jackson Stallings said. “He just has a downhill mentality to everything he does. I'm excited to see where he goes the rest of the way.”
Bell forced the first fumble on first down from the Southmoore 22 early in the first quarter, sacking Lawton quarterback Jack Meservy and jarring the ball loose.
The second came late in the first half when he again hit Meservy, this time on first down from the 11.
The play ended a 14-play drive with no points on the board for Lawton.
Five plays later, after back-to-back 37-yard passes by Tre Edwards, Jaelon Walker put Southmoore up 20-2 going into the half with a 2-yard touchdown run.
But Lawton came back in the second half with a healthy dose of running back Ivan Thomas, who finished with 131 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.
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