Warren Continues Impressive Run

Lawton may again be the best hope this season to end the stranglehold that Jenks and Tulsa Union have on the gold football in Class 6A. Lawton flexed its muscles on Friday night by beating a solid Southmoore squad 47-13. Lawton is led by a running back that literally has come out of nowhere in Michael Warren, who entered the game with 1,144 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 128 carries.

After Southmoore jumped out to a 7-0 lead following a fumble by Warren, a Southmoore defender put his helmet on the ball perfectly and the Sabercats marched it in quickly with talented Pierce Spead playing as a "wildcat" and covering the final eight yards on a zone run.

On the next possession, the 6-1, 182-pound Warren went around the right side, broke past the linebacker and corner and then about 30 yards downfield broke the run back to the middle of the field, using his vision, a really outstanding attribute, to finish off a 71-yard touchdown run.

"Yeah, I really look for the holes, really look for the blocking," said Warren. "Knowing where your people are is one of the best things for me out on the field. Knowing where my blockers are and peripheral vision and all that works for me."

His most impressive play came in the second quarter when his quarterback, Dallas Sealey, was scrambling and couldn't find a receiver down the field. He unloaded to Warren, who had been blocking in pass protection, and Warren broke through two separate clumps of Sabercat defenders to finish off a 78-yard touchdown. It was his only reception of the night.

On the ground, he finished with 23 carries for 207 yards. His season stats are now 151 carries for 1,351 yards and 13 touchdowns. His per carry average remains steady at 8.95 yards per carry.

So who is Michael Warren and how did he rise up as a top running back prospect in Oklahoma's 2014 senior class?

"Going into my junior year I really didn't work hard," admitted Warren. "I was at the bottom of the depth chart and going into my senior year I started working hard and started lifting a lot and all of it is paying off on the field."

Lawton head coach Randy Breeze agrees.

"He didn't work all that hard, but then going into this season he decided to work hard and get serious," said Breeze. "We knew he had a chance to be special. He went down to Texas A&M's camp and ran a 4.34 in the forty and that turned some heads. He's a good kid and now he's really motivated to play. He makes us a better team."

Breeze said in a game earlier this season that Lawton was on its own 2-yard line and was snapping the ball back in the end zone. They handed it to Warren, who went all the way for the score and on the tape Breeze said they clocked Warren at 11.8 seconds from goal line to goal line.

Warren said he is excited to know that schools are starting to take notice. Yes, he does want to play college football.

"It feels great, going into my senior year I am pretty much a late bloomer and nobody really knew about me and now this is pretty good. I grew up a fan of the Florida Gators and Texas Tech," he said.

Northeastern Oklahoma Junior College has offered just in case as his GPA is around 2.4 overall and he has some work to do with his core and has yet to take the ACT. Warren is definitely worth watching. He may just be scratching the surface of his ability. He is also bound to hear from a lot more schools.

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