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By Elizabeth Tanner/Post Dispatch—
Quarterback Slayden Pittman threw for 77 yards, ran for 54 and nabbed three touchdowns, assisting the Antelopes to a 39-0 shutout of the New Deal Lions for the second straight season.
“We played really fast and were aggressive,” Head Coach and Athletic Director Michael Pittman said. “We were able to throw the ball and had some big plays in the passing game.”
Kicking off the Antelopes’ scoring streak, Pittman threw a 48-yard pass to Josiah Ward for a touchdown and a first quarter lead of 6-0.
Completing five of seven passes this game, Pittman launched a 10-yard pass in the second quarter, this time to Ashton Jefferson, who completed a touchdown followed by a successful two-point conversion run by Pittman, and it was 14-0 Post.
A few minutes later in the second quarter, New Deal’s Harley Patterson missed his intended target, and Pittman snagged the ball and ran 20 yards for a touchdown and a successful PAT, increasing the score gap to 21-0.
Capping the second quarter, Pittman completed an 18-yard pass to Ward for a touchdown, closing out the first half, 27-0.
Back on the field in the third quarter, Nathan McDaniel completed a six-yard touchdown, giving the Antelopes a 33-0 advantage in the third.
Finishing out the game, Jefferson ended his night with a three-yard touchdown run, giving the Antelopes a decisive 39-0 win.
Assisting Pittman on offense was Ward who nabbed 66 yards in two receptions and two touchdowns followed by Jefferson who amassed 19 carries, ran for 83 yards and chipped in one touchdown.
“On offense, we were able to control the line of scrimmage and were able to run the football effectively,” Pittman said.
With the Antelopes’ defense allowing their opponents only 47 points this entire season, New Deal didn’t account for a single one, topping at 119 offensive yards.
“On defense, I feel like we did a really good job of taking away some of the things New Deal does well,” Pittman said. “We played really fast and were aggressive.”
Helping keep the Lions’ offensive yardage low was Pittman with 13 tackles and Avery Clarkson and Steven Huff with 10 tackles each.
Post’s defense also triggered an impressive two turnovers.
Honored during the special pink out game were breast cancer survivors Ella Greathouse, Koreen Guillermo, Marianne Hart, Nancy McDonald, Jane Odom and Marge Tannehill.
Next, the Post Antelopes challenge the Floydada Whirlwinds at 7 p.m. at Tyler Stadium in Floydada, Texas.
“We just have to continue to get better in practice and come out mentally and physically prepared to play Floydada at their home stadium,” Pittman said.