Despite the Wolverines having the No. 1 defense in 6A, Southmoore made easy work of it on the first drive of the game. Edwards drove the team down field in under two minutes before Pierce Spead scored from nine yards out to put the Cats up 6-0.
Lawton took the field without its starting quarterback Dallas Sealey, who was injured last week against Choctaw. Jack Meservy went under center and was able to keep the offense moving.
However, Lawton’s first points of the game came on a safety when the ball flew over punter Tyler Painter’s head and he was tackled in the end zone.
The SaberCats led 6-2.
Even with a bevy of penalties, Southmoore went 80 yards for another touchdown in the second quarter. The drive ended with Edwards tossing a 22-yard pass to Nick Ward in the end zone that went over the outstretched arms of the defender.
In a game that featured several future college players, the best player on the field was Bell. After forcing a fumble in the first quarter, the sophomore came back in the second quarter and caused another one when he hit Meservy and Thomas in the backfield at the same time.
Southmoore recovered on their own 18 yard line. A 40 yard pass to Jackson Stallings and 37 yard pass to Jonathan Martin set up a Walker touchdown run to give the Cats a 20-2 half-time advantage.
Bell made his presence known again with an interception on the Cats’ 5-yard line for his third forced turnover of the game.
“He’s a sophomore and could end up being pretty special,” Brickman said. “He has the size around 6-0, 220. We think Bell could be really something. Now he’s starting to figure things out. He played really, really well for us.”
But Southmoore gave the ball back two plays later when Henderson fumbled.