OKLAHOMA CITY — In a season that had more downs than ups, the Enid Plainsmen were able to end the 2014 football season on a winning note with a dominating 52-20 win over Putnam City West on Thursday night at Putnam City Stadium.
The win raised the Plainsmen’s final mark to 4-6 overall and 1-5 in District 6A-II-2, while the Pirates fell to 1-9 and 0-6. The four wins, while not enough to qualify for the playoffs, are the most wins for Enid in a season since finishing 6-4 in 2010.
The Plainsmen also got a glimpse of the future as junior tailback Devin Pratt continued his impressive season-ending run, rushing for 199 yards and two touchdowns and even tossed a touchdown from the wildcat formation to quarterback Fred Lawrence that put the Plainsmen up 38-7 in the third quarter.
“That’s something we go over every week,” Pratt said regarding the touchdown pass. “We hadn’t run it and decided to pull it out tonight.”
It was an unusual feeling for Lawrence, being on the receiving end of a touchdown, but something that he said the coaches had been promising him.
“Coach has been telling me ever since my junior year he was going to throw me a touchdown pass and tonight was the night,” Lawrence said. “It felt good – I like playing wide receiver.”
Lawrence finished with 143 yards passing and two touchdowns to go along with 66 yards rushing and one touchdown as the Enid offense racked-up a season-high 526 yards.
The Plainsmen built up a 22-0 halftime lead and never were threatened in the contest with the Patriots putting up some late points once the matter was already decided.
Devin Pratt’s 52-yard run on Enid’ first possession in the third quarter made it 30-0, as he ran untouched to the end zone.
“I was just feeling it tonight,” Pratt said. “I was just running behind the offensive line which was blocking really well behind me.”
After Putnam City West got on the board to make it 30-7, Pratt and Lawrence combined on Pratt’s TD pass out of the wildcat and then it was DeAngelo Williams’ turn after intercepting a pass on the Patriots next possession. Williams appeared to have a pick-six but a holding penalty brought play back to the Patriots’ 41-yard line.
On the very next play Lawrence hit Williams down the sideline for a 41-yard touchdown.
“He (Williams) needed that one,” Lawrence said. “He deserved it.”
The Plainsmen put their final touchdown on the board in the fourth quarter when fullback Dolan Burrow rushed for his second career touchdown on a 9-yard run and Enid came away with the 52-20 win, it’s largest victory margin of the season.
The Plainsmen were forced to go for two points most of the night with Thomas Klohr unavailable.
The game also got chippy, with the benches briefly clearing in the third quarter and two Patriots players were ejected from the game.
The only thing that stopped Enid’s offense in the first half was the clock as the Plainsmen scored on their first three drives of the half and built up an insurmountable 22-0 lead.
After stopping Putnam City on a three-and-out on the opening kickoff, the Plainsmen, in very workmanlike fashion, and shaking off a few penalties along the way, marched 64 yards in 11 plays, doing most of the damage on the ground with quarterback Fred Lawrence taking it in from the one-yard line. The extra point was blocked and Enid led 6-0.
PC West drove inside Enid territory for the only time in the first half on its next possession, but was turned back on downs at the 23-yard line and Enid went right back to work, featuring the passing combination of Lawrence to Jesse Cartwright as Cartwright took a pass over the middle 45 yards and, after a successful two-point pass to Corey Ganz, took a 14-0 lead.
The Plainsmen made it 22-0, driving 87 yards, all on the ground, as Enid featured Pratt carrying the ball for the last six plays of the drive, including a 4-yard touchdown and then for good measure he ran in the two-point conversion and the Plainsmen continued to cruise in the second half.
After the game, the Plainsmen acknowledged it felt good to win, but it was a little bittersweet.
“It feels good to go out winning,” Lawrence said. “I would like to not be checking my pads in Monday, but it makes the rest of the season feel better.”
For Pratt, it was about the seniors.
“I’m really proud of my seniors to finish out the season tonight like they did,” Pratt said.
One of those seniors, Estevan Arana, echoed some of Lawrence’s sentiments.
“It always feels good to come out with a win,” Arana said. “I wished we could have had a couple of more games under our belt, but it felt good. We executed and won the game.”
Enid’s overall effort on the night, including compiling 371 yards on the ground, also helped put a positive cap on the season for Enid head coach Steve Chard.
“We rushed the ball like I thought we might,” Chard said. “It’s a good group of seniors we’ve got, and I’d like to be playing next week of course, but it’s good to go out with a win. I am really proud of them for staying with it this season through some rough times.”