“Play hard, don’t give up the big play, make the offense work for it.”
Junior quarterback John Jacobs leads the Wolves on offense. The starting quarterback last year, Jacobs had to watch the Buffs come to Shawnee and win 35-27 in Week 5.
A year later, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Jacobs will want some revenge.
“He’s just playing better as far as reading,” Brown said of Jacobs. “We’re able to do more offensively with him.
“Every game he gets better and better because he gets more experience.”
Brown said Shawnee works out of a spread offense, taking advantage of wide receivers such as Chris Lester, Cole Humphrey and Kendall Gilbert. Humphrey and Gilbert are both seniors drawing interest from college teams, Brown said, and Gilbert is even getting looks from Division I schools such as the University of Indiana and the University of New Mexico.
“He’s at least 6-3, 210 pounds, and can run,” Brown said of Gilbert. “He started as a sophomore when were 6A and caught nine touchdowns”
Gilbert tweaked his hamstring and missed the first three games of the season, Brown said, but he returned last week against Memorial.
Shawnee also features a powerful offensive line led by senior guard Riley Greenlee. That offensive line has made life easier for running back Dillon Dutton, who rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns against Memorial.
“They’re big kids, they can move and they work as a group,” Brown said.
“We’ve been able to do some things with the run game that we haven’t been able to do in the past.”
McAlester trailed Shawnee with eight minutes left in last year’s game, but the Buffs scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to win. Shawnee lost three district games last year, Brown said, with all three coming from fourth-quarter letdowns.