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Del City hammers Lawton in regular season finale

Jayson Smith carries the ball against Lawton. (Photo by David Do)

Yates accounts for four touchdowns in 62-35 victory

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

Del City didn’t have anything on the line last Thursday night against Lawton in the regular season finale.

The Eagles (9-1, 7-0) had already locked up the District 6A-II-1 title a week earlier, while the Wolverines were fighting for their playoff lives.

But it didn’t show.

After giving up an early score, Del City reeled off 62 straight points in a 62-35 win over Lawton (4-6, 3-4) at Cameron Stadium.The Wolverines were eliminated from the playoffs.

Senior quarterback Virgil Yates threw a pair of touchdowns and ran for two more. Jayson Smith added three rushing downs and Jaylin Sweet had a pair of touchdown catches.

The Eagles fumbled on their opening drive, which led to a Lawton touchdown. Quarterback Davarius Hardy scored on a short run for a 7-0 lead.

Del City tied the score on an 11-yard run by Smith on the next drive. They later took control after forcing back-to-back turnovers.

Aaron Carter scooped up a fumble which led to a touchdown run by Yates. On Lawton’s next possession, Brian Stocker punched the ball loose and Joquan Howard recovered. That set up Yates again for a 26-yard touchdown run and a 20-7 lead.

Yates found the end zone one more time in the opening quarter when he hit Sweet on a 32-yard touchdown score. That gave Del City a commanding 27-7 lead after one quarter.

Del City added to its margin with a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter. Smith ran for his second touchdown of the game, and Jaylin Sweet caught a deep touchdown pass for a 41-7 halftime lead.

The Eagles continued to hit the gas in the third quarter. Ethan Lawrence and Smith ran for scores and backup quarterback George Gouldsby, making it a 62-7 score.

Lawton mounted a comeback with four scores in the fourth, but Del City held on 62-47.

The Eagles will host Sand Springs on Friday in the first round of the 6A-II state playoffs.

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