Four weeks after they captured a 49-14 victory over the Eagles, Lawton and Schoolcraft met again on Friday night with a district championship up for grabs. It was a bit closer, with the Blue Devils snagging a 35-21 win.
Kal Motter got Lawton rolling with a 23-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter. This would be the only scoring play of the opening frame, leaving Lawton ahead 7-0.
Schoolcraft would answer on a 10-yard touchdown toss from Tagg Gott to Ryan Ling. The score was set up by a crafty double-pass earlier in the drive.
The ensuing kickoff saw Lawton’s special teams unit succeed. They blocked well, and holes opened. As a result of an explosive return, Lawton took over at the Schoolcraft 12 yard line. Moments later, Motter returned to the end zone, giving the Blue Devils a 14-7 lead.
Schoolcraft resorted to the trickery to even the count at 14. Tagg Gott recieved the ball on a fake punt play, and he tossed it to Carson Svoboda for an equalizer.
Shortly after the third quarter crossed its midway, Lawton took the lead back. Aiden O’Brien returned Lawton to the driver’s seat with his 1-yard touchdown plunge. After a quick stop, Lawton struck again. O’Brien ripped off a 42-yard touchdown to give Lawton a 28-14 lead.
Schoolcraft finally stopped the drought with a 5-yard touchdown run by Tagg Gott. Lawton led by only one score, before they iced it. Caleb Mallory got those honors with a 3-yard score.
With the win, Lawton gets another shot at Jackson Lumen Christi. Last year’s game was wild, one of the best 21-20 finishes in recent memory against the storied JLC program. Despite all of the unwavering pedigree, Lawton is building up their own reputation as a tough, hard-nosed football team.