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Lawton Wolverines – 2020 Pigskin Preview Feature – Presented by Arvest Bank

LAWTON WOLVERINES

 

Coach: RYAN BREEZE

 

SCHEDULE:

9-4 - at Duncan

9-11 - vs. Lawton Mac

9-18 - vs. Lawton Ike

9-25 - at Midwest City

10-1 - Northwest Classen

10-9 - at Putnam North

10-16 - Stillwater

10-22 - US Grant

10-30 - at Deer Creek

11-6 - at Del City

 

QUICK HITS:

Running back Christian Houston lit it up on the ground against Putnam City. Houston carried the ball 26 times for 233 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-35 win over the Pirates. Lawton opens the season at Duncan. It's the first meeting between the teams since 1987. The Wolverines haven't lost to the Demons since 1968. The Wolverines are coming off a 5-5 season, it marks the first time since 2008 Lawton has not won at least six games.

 

LAST 7 YEARS:

2019 - 5-5

2018 - 6-5

2017 - 9-3

2016 - 9-4

2015 - 8-2

2014 - 11-2

2013 - 11-1

 

OFFENSE

The Wolverines are excited to open the 2020 season and head coach Ryan Breeze is looking forward to seeing what his team can accomplish in the single back set they plan to utilize this year. “We feel like year in, year out we will have more speed then our opponents so we want to spread the field out and get the ball to our athletes in space quickly whether that be through the air or on the ground,” said coach Breeze. “This fall we have five kids on the field offensively at all times who are a threat to break a long one ever snap.” Christian Houston (5-10, 180, Sr.) is one of those running backs with that game breaking speed. Houston racked up 1,307 yards rushing a year ago with 13 touchdowns. Devin Simpson (5-9, 165, Jr.) will see time at wide receiver and running back. Simpson had 408 total yards a year ago with four scores. Donovan Dorsey (5-9, 180, Sr.) gets the nod at quarterback while Romeo Blanton (6-2, 275, Sr.) starts at center. Two other game breakers to watch are Drelan Swanson (5-9, 165, Jr.) and Esarian Gilmore-Kelly (5-8, 160, Sr.). Both players will start at wide receiver where their speed and ability to get open will be showcased.

DEFENSE

Five starters return to the defensive side of the ball. Coach Breeze believes their team speed will once again make the difference. “We want to spill everything side to side and use our speed to run you down,” said Breeze. “We will be aggressive and take chances in hopes of creating a turnover or tackle for loss all while relying on our talented secondary to erase any mistakes.” Albert Baker (6-2, 205, Jr.) and Jamal Hurd (6-2, 175, Jr.) are two big and quick linebackers the Wolverines will depend on for big stops. Baker starts at outside linebacker where he had 55 tackles last season. Kobe Nichols (5-10, 170, Jr.) and Blake Eastwood (5-10, 175, Jr.) are two experienced safeties in the secondary alongside Antonio Galbreath (5- 10, 170, Sr.) and Caelab Fuller (5-9, 170, Sr.) at corner. This secondary may develop into one of the best in the class as the season rolls forward. “We feel like we have the ability to make a run for the district title and another deep playoff run if we can manage to stay healthy and eliminate costly turnovers.”

 

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