NORMAN — When Southmoore walked off the field two weeks ago after losing to Edmond Santa Fe, it was not in a thankful mood. The 53-37 stomping was not only its only defeat of the season, but also a humbling experience.
Yet, the Wolves may have done the SaberCats a favor.
“Santa Fe awakened the beast,” Southmoore’s Jackson Stallings said. “We have matured from the grief of a loss and made us realize our mistakes beat us, other teams do not.”
After pummeling a struggling Putnam City West squad last week, the SaberCats will get a chance to test that theory today when it travels to Lawton to take on the sixth ranked No. 6 Wolverines, who are No. 1 in other 6A polls.
When the season started, the SaberCats had hoped to have former Wolverine D.J. Ward suited up to play in this game. But top-ranked prep player in the state has not been approved to play by the OSSAA.
Even without Ward lined up at defensive end, Southmoore has the talent to contend with a high powered Wolverine squad that is averaging 41 points a game — third in class 6A.
However, what stands out is that Lawton’s defense has allowed only 38 points this year. That tops all of Class 6A. But the SaberCats come into the contest with the No. 1 offense with 228 points in five games.
“This is a big challenge for us. It can help determine who’s one of the better teams in our district,” Jalen Adams said. “We just have to go out and play our game and things could possibly work out for us.”
Adams is the SaberCats’ No. 1 receiver with 19 catches for 406 yards and three TDs. He also has sprinter speed, which could cause even a very fast Lawton team problems if Tre Edwards has time to find him.
“Lawton is a great football team — very disciplined and hard on the run,” Adams said. “They have a pretty good defensive line and secondary. We really need to be aggressive, limit our penalties and just go out and play our game. Also have everyone do their jobs and play together.”
It’s not a lack of talent the ‘Cats have to worry about. It’s whether they believe they can knock off a tough team on the road. They were confident they would beat the Wolves, but when the time came they found themselves trailing by 20 in the first quarter.
“This is a great challenge, being that they are the number one team in the state, but when we play our game and execute I feel as if we are unbeatable,” Stallings said. “Southmoore has always been known for, and is continued to be known for, athletes. We will match up with them very well in that regard if we play our assignments. If we do that, our horses will be able to run in the open.”
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