STILWELL, OK —
Locust Grove continued their success Friday night after thumping Stilwell 34-0 to improve to 3-0. The Legion of Doom led the Pirates, putting up their first shutout of the season and forcing six turnovers and a safety.
By themselves, the Legion of Doom defense would have defeated Stilwell 8-0. Senior Cameron McIntire scored on a 70-yard interception late in the first quarter. Senior Cory Rhode and junior Calin Witt also pulled in interceptions, while senior Traden Sokoloski managed to recover a fumble in the third quarter. Head coach Matt Hennesy had high praises for Sokoloski after the game.
“I’m especially proud of (Sokoloski), he came out sick. He couldn’t even go to team breakfast this morning, up all night throwing up, could barely even function at school today, and to suck it up and have a game like he did is amazing,” Hennesy said.
The Pirates offense also shined behind sophomore Mason Fine. The young quarterback has taken full control of the LG offense scoring through the air and on the ground. Fine ended the night with 329 yards of total offense and four touchdowns (two pass TD, two rush TD). The only flaw Fine had in his third performance as a starter was throwing three picks, though one interception came off a Hail Mary pass to end the first half.
Fine’s No. 1 target was McIntire, who caught seven passes for 88 yards and a TD. McIntire caught his 4-yard score less than two minutes into the game. Witt also found himself past the pylons in the second quarter and ended the night with 77 receiving yards.
Locust Grove will put its 3-0 record to the test next week when heading into Tahlequah Sequoyah. The Indians ended the Pirates’ perfect season last season in Week 4, although the win was later vacated. Hennesy looks at the game as an opportunity for his team to prove themselves.
“We’re a lot different team this year. We were 3-0 last year too, but we’re in a different situation. We were barely winning those games and we’ve handled these three games, we’re a different football team. The game we have next is a huge game, man, but we’ve been saying all year our next game is the most important game. But without a doubt this one’s the most important, because this puts us in the driver’s seat for a playoff position. Something about taking that next step in Locust Grove is getting in the playoffs and to do that you’re going to have to beat Tahlequah Sequoyah,” Hennesy said.
The Pirates will look to prove themselves and improve to 4-0 Friday night on the road. Kickoff set for 7:30.