McALESTER — When a team loses its quarterback, everything becomes chaos. The gameplan, the execution, the positioning of skill players — no matter how good the replacement may be, all of these elements built around a specific player’s skill-set suddenly no longer make sense, and more often than not, problems ensue.
Caden Pratt gave the McAlester Buffaloes everything he had, but the offense just never recovered after starting QB Dalton Wood left the game with an undisclosed injury midway through the first. And with Pratt playing far more offensive plays than he normally would, he just couldn’t bring his normal ferocity to the defensive secondary.
That helped Stillwater quarterback Braxton Noble complete over two-thirds of his 29 pass-attempts Friday night at McAlester’s Hook Eales Stadium, finishing the game with over 300 passing yards and four touchdown passes. The Pioneers beat the Buffaloes, 42-18, ending a Buffs home winning streak dating back to 2008.
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