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Late safety helps Stillwater edge East Ridge

By Blaze Fugina, SportsEngine, 09/09/21, 12:45PM CDT


Stillwater's defense led the way again in victory over East Ridge.

Stillwater running back Edward O'Keefe scored two second-half touchdowns to help the Poines finish a 26-14 win. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine

The Stillwater offense scored 17 more points on Friday than it did in its game last week, but the Ponies talked just as much about what they can improve after a 26-14 victory at East Ridge.

A week after winning a 7-0 game against Centennial, Stillwater (2-0) came through with three touchdowns and a field goal in a 12-point win.

“We just couldn’t finish the touchdowns last week,” said senior running back Edward O’Keefe, who rushed for two second-half touchdowns. “We wanted it more this week.” 

Three Stilwater defenders bring down East Ridge quarterback Tanner Zolnosky in the second half. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine

First Report

Stillwater defeated East Ridge 26-14 Friday night.

The Ponies (2-0) only managed one touchdown in a 7-0 win against Centennial last week, but Stillwater did much more in Friday’s road win. Running back Edward O'Keefe scored two second-half touchdowns as the Ponies maintained a lead throughout the second half.

East Ridge (0-2) struck first when Isaac Walker broke free for a 43-yard touchdown late in the first quarter. The Ponies responded with a 48-yard touchdown pass from Max Shikenjanski to Thomas Jacobs just one minute later. Stillwater led 10-7 at the half thanks to a Connor Parker field goal in the second quarter.

Jaelen Harper added a fourth-quarter rushing touchdown for East Ridge as it tried to keep pace with the Ponies offense.

Isaac Walker led East Ridge’s offense with 97 rushing yards, and O'Keefe ran for 127 yards for Stillwater.

East Ridge senior running back sheds a tackle on a drive in the second half Friday night. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine

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