ARCOLA — Deer Creek suffered a 42-6 loss to the two-time defending state eight man football champion Briarfield Rebels Friday night. After being down big coming off the intermission, Deer Creek decided to keep the the ball on the ground with the power running of Clayton Kilgore and the shiftiness of Easton Lefler. A ten play 72-yard drive ate up the entire third quarter and resulted in a five yard Zeb Wooley touchdown earning in the fourth quarter. The two point conversion failed and Deer Creek trail 36-6 with 7:36 remaining in the game.
“The truth is that they made some substitutions that allowed us to move the ball,” said Deer Creek head coach Benny McLendon. “They were much better up front than us all night which made the difference in the game.”
After missing on some deep throws early in the game, Briarfield sophomore quarterback Ben Coullard went to the intermediate passing game. As a result, he connected on two long pass plays where one resulted in an 80-yard touchdown as senior receiver Noah Womack outraced Warrior defenders down the sideline for a score. On the other, Coullard hit Womack for a 50-yard gain down to the Warriors two yard line. Briarfield running back DaMarion Johnson scored his second rushing touchdown of night and the visitors led 22-0 at the 8:43 mark of the fourth quarter. Womack picked off a Deer Creek pass on the home team’s ensuing drive. A face mask penalty against the Deer Creek defense placed the ball at the 31-yard line where Lawson Womack hit pay dirt on the following play. The two point conversion failed. Briarfield added another rushing touchdown and two-point conversion and had a commanding 36-0 lead heading into the locker room at the half.
Deer Creek’s defense showed flashes of solid play halfway threw the second quarter as the defensive front begin to get pressure on the opposing quarterback and Warriors defensive back Steen Buchanan thwarted a couple of deep ball throws with pass breakups.
“We didn’t make any adjustments at that point McLendon said. “Our guys just started playing better and competing.” The Rebels added a late rushing touchdown to account for the final tally of the evening.