Barnett, Lawton Win District Title

CHOCTAW - The Lawton Wolverines won their eighth game in a row to finish 9-1 and 6-0 in District 6AII-2 with a regular season-closing 42-28 win at Choctaw on Friday night. The Wolverines will open the playoffs by hosting Bartlesville next Friday in Lawton. A big reason for the success of the Wolverines is 6-3, 310-pound All-America and four-star offensive lineman Jalin Barnett.

Barnett spoke after the game and clarified his recruiting status as an Arkansas assistant coach believed to be offensive line coach Sam Pittman stood watch throughout the contest.

"With recruiting, I'm really good with Arkansas. I take my official (visit) to OU tomorrow and I hope that goes well," Barnett answered on where he stands right now with recruiting. "I'm looking forward to my OSU trip and my Oregon State trip. Yes, those will be the four (official) trips."

Barnett made his official visit to Arkansas on Sept. 19, when he was there for the game with Northern Illinois. His two trips after this weekend will be to Oklahoma State on either Nov. 15 or in December and Oregon State will be Nov. 29, when the Beavers host Oregon, or in December.

Barnett had several pancakes Friday as the Wolverines took the lead early on a Jack Meservy 75-yard touchdown pass to Kalin Sadler. Tre Curry had three touchdown runs in the first half as Lawton led 28-7 at the break. Then despite the heroics in the second half by Choctaw quarterback Jonah Llanusa with four touchdown runs, three in the second half, the Wolverines held on and puonded the ball running in the second half. Barnett battled up front all night.

"It was really hard with the foot injury that I have, but I was trying to hustle to get those backside cutoffs," Barnett explained. "Those backside linebackers hit the cut back. It is very fun blocking for this offense. Getting pancakes and looking at those guys score it is amazing."

Despite playing with that foot injury, Barnett still did some double duty and helped out on defense.

"I got to do what I've to do for the team," Barnett added. "Coach asked me to play some defense and I just want to do whatever it takes to help us win. I will play safety if he asks me to."

Barnett has already been selected for the Under Armour All-American Game and now while still making the rounds with his recruiting visits he is looking forward to working on winning a state championship in the next month.


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