, Muskogee, OK


November 23, 2013

Wagoner holds off Woodward, faces Anadarko

WAGONER – Wagoner’s Lawrence Evitt ran for over 300 yards for the second straight week. But, it may have been a couple of defensive plays in the fourth quarter that kept the Bulldogs’ season alive.

Evitt rushed for 306 yards and three touchdowns and came up with a key tackle on fourth down with three minutes left as No. 2 Wagoner held on to defeat No. 8 Woodward 28-21 on Friday night in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs at W. L. Odom Stadium.

Wagoner (12-0) faces Anadarko next week. Anadarko advanced with a 40-14 win over Catoosa. Woodward (8-4) finishes its season with all four losses to top 10 ranked teams by seven points or less.

“I think this was one of our better playoff wins,” Wagoner coach Dale Condict said. “This could have gone either way. The momentum just kept changing.”

Woodward came out in its spread offense but quickly changed to a double wing power attack after Wagoner shut the Boomers down on its first two possessions. The change gave Woodward the success it needed as Wagoner’s defense struggled to stop the run.

“They’ve ran that some this year,” Condict said. “I was really hoping we wouldn’t see much of it. I hate that offense. You don’t see it often. They know how to run it. At times, I was beginning to feel like we couldn’t stop it.”

Woodward amassed nearly 250 rushing yards against Wagoner, averaging nearly five yards per carry. After Wagoner drove to start the second half and took a 21-14 lead on a 5-yard run by Evitt, Woodward drove 80 yards in 13 plays to tie the game on a 10-yard run by Dakota Taylor.

The Boomer defense forced Wagoner to punt after three plays on its next possession.

The punt netted just four yards and Woodward was in striking distance at the Wagoner 30.  After converting a fourth and three, Woodward moved to the Wagoner 11.

That’s when Evitt made his first key defensive play of the quarter, stopping Kyler Ferguson for a one-yard loss on third down. A 29-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right and Wagoner had dodged a bullet.

Evitt, who had five runs of 40 yards or more, showed his toughness with a 43-yard run breaking several tackles along the way. Two plays later, Evitt outran the Boomer defense 21 yards to give Wagoner a 28-21 lead with 5:57 remaining.

But Woodward’s offense would put Wagoner’s defense to the test one more time as the Boomers quickly moved to midfield.

Deshaun Clark and Chase Barnett halted Woodward’s advance and the Boomers were forced to go for it on fourth and 15. The Boomers lined up in the “swinging gate” formation and Kaleb Hixon threw to Kade Marlatt who quickly reversed his field. But Evitt’s speed proved to be too much as he caught Marlatt from behind for a four-yard loss with 2:59 remaining.

“That was huge,” Condict said. “Lawrence made a lot of key plays including some runs to keep drives alive late.”

The final run was on third and five from the Woodward 40 with a minute and a half left. Evitt broke a tackle at the line and then converted the first down at the 29. It was enough to give Wagoner the win as Woodward could not stop the clock.

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