The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 25, 2012

Chard: 'We're playing to win'

By Dave Ruthenberg, Sports Editor
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid hasn’t tasted victory since defeating Edmond Memorial 19-14 on Sept. 7 in the second game of the season, but heading into tonight’s Senior Night contest against rival Stillwater at Selby Stadium, Plainsmen head coach Steve Chard hasn’t altered his expectations. He also doesn’t want to hear about his team only playing for pride with two games left in the season.

“We’re playing to win the game,” Chard answered emphatically when asked about the team’s remaining games. “You always play for pride, but if we play well and don’t win, I don’t give a (darn). I want to win the game and our kids do too.

“They know they have played some good football at times and don’t have much to show for it ... that’s the way it is.”

Enid (2-6, 0-5) is likely two or three plays from being 4-4, and not riding a six-game losing streak if not for some late breakdowns in losses to Bartlesville and Ponca City.

But with a struggling Stillwater (3-5, 1-4) squad coming in on a four-game losing streak of its own, the Plainsmen see an opportunity to send their seniors off on a positive note.

“We’ve got two games left to flush this taste out for them (the seniors) and have a better memory of their senior year by ending it with a victory or two,” Chard said.

“If you’re not desperately hungry for a win right now, then you need to check in the mirror,” he added. “It’ll be good tonight. There’s some guys that have put a lot of time and work into the program before I got here.”

Indeed, tonight will be the last home game for 16 seniors on Enid’s roster, including quarterback Chance Pryor, tailback Seth Handley — who currently ranks fifth all-time on Enid’s career rushing list — as well as Johnny Lawrence, Demetrius Lofton, Wanya Hall, Colton Herrell, Jake Scott — the team’s second-leading tackler — and Rob Frantz.

 But Chard is quick to point out the contributions of other seniors who may not get the ink or recognition, but have been integral components of the team this season.

That includes players such as Logan Miller, Francisco Cuellar, Lance Smith and Zane Herbel, among others.

“(Defensive tackle) Logan Miller (52 tackles) is as good or steady of a player as you can have on a football team,” Chard said. “That goes for Cuellar, too. Both have been very consistent. We appreciate those guys.

“Lance Smith is a good example of a guy who never played a lot of football at any level in his life. He is gutsy, takes his lumps on the run. We have asked him to play a position (defensive end) where he is a little light, but has given great effort.”

Chard also notes it’s not just the senior starters who have worked hard, but role players such as Zane Herbel.

“Just this morning (Wednesday), as always, he (Herbel) was right toward the front in running,” Chard said. “He does everything he is asked. He never misses, lifts, plays scout team every day. A guy like Zane will get something positive out of football, even though he didn’t get to play as much on Fridays as he probably would have liked, because he kept the correct attitude about it and realized there is merit to coming to the job every day and taking something positive out of it.”

With the emotions of Senior Night and the chance to go out with a win, the Plainsmen may be catching Stillwater, a team Enid has defeated two of the past three seasons in the long-standing series, at the right time.

The Pioneers are a young team that is sophomore-heavy and coming off four straight losses after last week’s 41-27 loss at home to Sand Springs, a game in which they led 10-0 in the second quarter before the Sandites pulled away late.

Stillwater has had injury issues, and has started  sophomore backup Taggart Brown over the past couple of games at quarterback. Brown has struggled, completing only 41 percent of his passes with 8 interceptions, including four in Stillwater’s homecoming 35-21 loss to Bartlesville two weeks ago.

Brown also is a much less mobile quarterback than starter and fellow sophomore, Braxton Noble, who has rushed for 231 yards and five touchdowns this season, in addition to passing for nine scores.

“They were reeling back in that game (against Bartlesville), playing guys who hadn’t played due to injuries to their starters,” noted Chard. “But they have been playing better since then.”

The Plainsmen are hoping to contain Stillwater’s rushing attack, led by senior Davyn Thompson (527 yards, four touchdowns), and force Brown to make plays.

Stillwater was able to move the ball against Sand Springs by being versatile, using everything from the wildcat to a power-I formation.

The Plainsmen defense forced four turnovers last week against the Rams.

“The defense is playing a lot better,” Chard said.

On the other side of the ball, one player in particular that concerns Chard is senior defensive lineman Jonah Motley, a 6-foot-3, 312-pounder with collegiate potential.

“We are going to have to account for him on every play,” Chard said.

Stillwater, according to Chard, likes to play a 4-man front, and the Plainsmen hope their leading rusher, Handley (who is closing in on 1,000 yards for the season), will find some room running room off-tackle.

“We feel there are some spots we can do that,” Chard said. “The way they spread their linebackers out might allow for something up between the tackles. When you go spread formation, they will walk two linebackers out pretty wide, leaving a 5-man box, which says you should be able to run the ball up in there.”

But the Plainsmen know they need to avoid the breakdowns that have hurt them over the past six contests.

“Like Coach (James) Smith (EHS offensive coordinator) said, When we play error-free football, we’re not bad. We had an eight-play drive last week against Owasso where we didn’t have any busts and scored. We have a small window of opportunity and no room for error, and when you make small mistakes and don’t embrace the moment, you are not going to be successful.”

And Chard fully expects his team to embrace the moment on Senior Night. “Our kids are aware that this is a healthy rivalry,” he said. “We should be highly motivated.”

Honor roll: The following seniors will be recognized tonight: Francisco Cuellar, Rob Frantz, Wanya Hall, Seth Handley, Zane Herbel, Colton Herrell, Caleb Humphrey, Johnny Lawrence, Demetrius Lofton, Justin Luckette, Alex McCoy, Logan Miller, Chance Pryor, Jake Scott, Lance Smith and  Mike Walker.

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Kickoff: 7:30 tonight, Selby Stadium

Records: Enid 2-6, 0-5; Stillwater 3-5, 1-4

Series: Enid leads 23-22-1

Last meeting: Stillwater won 52-28, 2011

Radio: KCRC (1390 AM) and KGWA (960 AM)


QB –    Chance Pryor    Sr. 5-9, 175

C –     Colton Herrell    Sr. 5-10, 210

T –    Estevan Arana    So. 6-2, 220

G –    Wanya Hall    Sr. 5-11, 280

G –    Bates Enmeier    Jr. 6-1, 220

T –    Rob Frantz    Sr. 6-2, 215

WR –    Demetrius Lofton    Sr. 6-0, 160

WR –    Aaron Beagle    Jr. 5-8, 160

WR –    Alex Lofton    Jr. 5-9, 160

TE –    Steven Hocker    Jr. 6-4,  240

TB –    Seth Handley    Sr. 5-7, 170

FB –    Raeshaan Finley    Jr. 5-10, 195


DE –    Lance Smith    Sr. 6-6, 215

DT –    Logan Miller    Sr. 6-1, 295

DT –    Francisco Cuellar    Sr. 5-6, 240

DE -    Rob Frantz    Sr. 6-2, 215

MLB – Isaih Singleton    Jr. 5-10 190

MOLB – Jake Scott    Sr. 6-0, 250

SS – Sam Clemens    Jr. 5-9, 165

Rover – Christian Voitik    Jr. 5-10, 175

CB –    Johnny Lawrence    Sr. 5-8, 160

FS –    Marshawn Mills    Jr. 5-10, 175

CB –     Alex Lofton    Jr. 5-9, 160

Note: Starters are unofficial and subject to change.

Plainsmen 2012 Stats



    Comp.    Att.    Pct.YardsLongTDINT    Rating

Pryor    86 155     .555 1,264        64    10    12        129,79

F. Lawrence 1     1     1.000 22      22    0    0    284.80


            Rushes    Yards   AvgLong  TD

Handley                133   896         6.7   87    8

Pryor                 78   216         2.8   30    5

Finley            26        88      3.4       11    2

Mitchell             11         46          4.2       35    0

Lawrence            2         50        25.0       30    0

A. Lofton            2    7            3.5       13    0


        Recep.    Yards    Avg Long         TD

Handley    26        375        14.4    40    1

Beagle    20        270        13.5    38    3

Lawrence    14        209        14.9    51    2

A. Lofton    12        258        21.5    64    2

D. Lofton    5        66        13.2    29    0

Clemens    3        33        11.0    21    1

Finley    3        27        9.0    15    1

Hocker    1        21        21.0    21    0

Holden    1        3        3.0    3    0


            TD    PAT    FG   2P    Total

Handley 9    0    0       0         54

Pryor      5    0    0       0         30

Finley      3    4    0       1         24

Beagle      3    0    0       0         18

Lawrence2    0    0       0         12

A. Lofton 2    0    0       0         12

Camp       0    11    0       0         11

Clemens  1    0    0       0          6

Hocker       0    0    0       1          2


Tackles: Mills 84; Scott 67; Singleton 65; Miller 52; Voitik 51; Smith 35; Lofton 34; Cuellar 30; Mitchell 30; Frantz 29; Clemens 26; Lawrence 26; Hocker 18; Arana 14; Beagle 11; Salcido 5; Hall 4; Walker 3; Schulz 2; Daniels 1; Finley 1; Harper 1; McCoy 1; Overbeck 1

Tackles for loss: Scott 4; Arana 3; Cuellar 3; Voitik 3; Hocker 2; Clemens 1; Hall 1; Mitchell 1

Sacks: Miller 2; Scott 1; Voitik 1

Forced fumbles: Voitik 3; Beagle 1; Mills 1; Scott 1

Fumble recoveries: Frantz 2; Beagle 1; Lawrence 1; Hocker 1; Scott 1; Voitik 1

Interceptions: Mills 3; A. Lofton 2; Clemens 1; Lawrence 1; Voitik 1