LAWTON - It was a frustrating night for the Altus High Bulldogs in their 33-11 loss to the Lawton Eisenhower Eagles on Thursday night.
It was a case of missed opportunities for both the offense and the defense.
The Bulldogs scored 11 points but there were chances for more than that. Once they had a 17 play drive that ate up nearly eight minutes of the clock and had to settle for a 27 yard field goal from Gabe Barton.
Another time after receiving a big play from Malcom Lewis who intercepted a Ike pass, they drove deep into Eagles territory only to fumble the ball into the end zone.
Another time they received a big break on a bad punt snap from Ike which gave them the ball at the Eagles 24. However the Bulldogs went four downs and out and turned the ball back to Eisenhower.
Defensively the Bulldogs had two chances to come up with stops in their own territory. On fourth and 15 from the 24, Ike quarterback Bentley Bross connected with a scoring aerial to wide receiver R. J. Wilson.
On a fourth and two call from the Altus 35 Eisenhower’s Jarvis Jackson scampered 35 yards early in the fourth quarter for a touchdown.
Those were five big sequences in the ball game.
“I went in there and griped them out pretty good,”AHS Head Coach Chad Stone said. “We’re better than this. Coach Copeland (Altus native and Ike head coach Boone Copeland) comes up and pats me on the back and tells me you guys are doing what you needed to do. You guys guys are working hard and getting better. Just tired that we’re not taking the next step. I’m pleading with them what can I do to help you guys to finish. We’re not finishing on either side of the ball. It’s a finishing thing and extremely frustrating. I racked my brain with our coaching staff. They have been all over the place. They have coached in other places or they have family members that coach in other places. And they talk to them about how we make them finish. How do we do that? We’re working on it. If we can ever find that gear and they see how good it feels then everybody needs to watch out.”
On the other hand, Ike made the plays when they had to. The Eagles two two other scores came on a five yard run by Jackson and one yard scamper by Terrance Young.
The Bulldogs lone touchdown was a one yard run by sophomore Taven Birdow.
It was Birdow that was the biggest bright spot for Altus. He rushed 25 times for 165 yards, and he went over the 100 yard last week in the Bulldogs season opener against Vernon.
“Taven is an extremely hard worker in everything that he does,” Stone said. “Even when the holes were there, even when the other guy had the ball, he was blocking and doing his absolute best. On our last play on fourth down he missed a blitz pick up. He came over and said coach that’s my bad I should have had that guy. He realizes where he needs to improve at. He comes out to work every day to get better.”
The Bulldog defense did create two turnovers on the night. Lewis’ interception was one of them. The other was a pick by sophomore cornerback Jayden Benway in the end zone. Ike was marching and threatening to go up by three touchdowns at the time.
Altus, o-2 on the season will host a very talented Lawton High team Friday night at Hightower Memorial Stadium. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.
Game in Figures
Yds rushing237 245
How They Scored
Ike - Jarvis Jackson 5 run , Brandon Schmidt kick, 8:11, 1st qtr.,Ike 7-0
Ike - Terrance Young, 1 run, Schmidt kick, 4:27, 1st qtr, Ike 14-0
AHS - Gabe barton 27 yard field goal, 5:47, 2nd qtr., Ike 14-3
Ike - Jackson 1 run, Schmidt kick, 0:35, 2nd qtr., Ike 21-7
Ike - R. J. Wilson 24 pass brom Belntley Bross, 11:37, kick failed, Ike 27-3
AHS - Taven Birdow 1 run, Birdow conversion run, 5:27, 4th qtr., 27-11
Ike - Jackson 31 run, kick failed, 3:28, 4th qtr., Ike 33-11
Cross 9-35, Birdow 25-167, 1TD; McGill 11-47; Phillips 1 (-9); Lewis 1-1
Martinez 4-38; Phillips 1-14
Barton 1-1 FG 27 yards
Jackson 16-168, 2TDs; Bross 3-23; Anderson 10-45; Young 2-16, 1TD; Paras 1-5; Martin 2-15
Bross 9-15-137, 1TD
Santiago 2-47; Wilson 2-26, 1TD; Pratt 1-12; Meaux 1-28; Madigan 1-2; Bridges 1-9; Dewberry 1-14
Schmidt 3-5 PATs