Stillwater wide receiver Jesse Vester juked a defender, raced down the sidelines and effectively put the game away.
It was a long time coming — seven games to be exact — but the Pioneers were finally back in the win column, beating Edmond Memorial 42-14 on Friday night.
“This team has put in the time, put in the work and has the confidence,” Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard said. “But it's good for them to finally have something tangible for it.”
And the two Stillwater stars played a big role in the win. Quarterback Jerame Littell, the school's all-time leading passer, threw for 376 yards and five touchdowns.
Vester, his main target, caught seven of those passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns.
“Jesse (Vester) is my best friend, too,” Littell said. “He's such a talent and he makes it more fun for me.”
The tandem's first touchdown came late in the first quarter, when Littell hit Vester with a 10-yard slant to put Stillwater up 14-0. The Pioneers would take a 21-0 lead into halftime.
Early in the third quarter, Edmond Memorial cut the lead to 21-7. But once again the explosive connection paid off for Stillwater.
After snatching an out route, Vester shrugged off two defenders and cruised in for a 70 yard score.
“Coach expects me to make big plays,” Vester said. “I was able to get in the open field and make something happen. It was a big night for Stillwater.”
That it was. The win marked the first since last September, when Stillwater beat Page for its only win of a miserable 1-9 season.
The players and coaches seem to think this will be a different season. And this was a good start.
“We were a good football team (last year), we just played bad at times,” Vester said. “Coach Barnard's got us believing. We can slug it out with the best of them.