Friday, October 07, 2005

ATH: Football

Oops, Ingram lost their first game of the season tonight 48-28 to Llano. Not a help that it's a district game. Details when i can find them. Smithson Valley though continues their district winning with a 28-21 win over MacArthur. Highland Park is still undefeated though with a 42-14 shellacking of West Mesquite (and interesting that Dallas Lincoln, who HP beat last week, was a 53-0 winner over Jefferson). Again, more details as i get them. Tivy opened district with a 21-13 win over Medina Valley -- closer than i would have expected -- whether that means Tivy was weak or Medina Valley stronger than expected i don't know.

In the big boys department, UT finally lived up to some hype with a 45-12 pounding of OU. A&M meanwhile is finally getting a taste of the big boys while behind 31-6 at the half at Colorado. I remember all the coaches that got chased off and not very many gave up 31 points in the first half to anyone . . .

Final Colorado 40-21. When i was coaching we used to talk about how the first half ought to be for warmup, and the only the second half score counted. By that method . . .


Getting it done
By Tom Kellar, The Daily Times, Published October 08, 2005

CASTROVILLE — It won’t probably won’t go down in the annals of Tivy football as the most beautiful of wins, but the Antlers’ 21-13 victory over the Medina Valley Panthers Friday night, was impressive nonetheless.

The Antlers overcame several crucial mistakes including a fumble, an interception and a personal foul call on the Panther 1-yard line to persevere and nail down the first District 28-4A win of the season.

“I told our kids after the game to not be dejected with what we thought we should do, but with what we did do,” Tivy coach Mark Smith said. “It’s like Chris Eddy said, ‘It wasn’t pretty, coach, but we got it done.’ He’s right, we got it done against a tough opponent.”

Entering this contest, the task before Smith and the Tivy defense was in figuring out how to slow down Panther quarterback Clayton Hundley, who came into Friday night’s contest averaging 243 total yards of offense per contest. The Tivy defensive did an excellent job of containing Hundley in the first half, holding the signal caller to only 14 yards rushing.

Meanwhile, The Tivy offense, featuring a multitude of weapons took, the opening kickoff and marched 72 yards in seven plays, scoring on a 21-yard touchdown pass over the middle from quarterback Anthony Sivils to running back Justin Brown.

Medina Valley tried to return the favor, driving the ball down to the Tivy10-yard line, before the Antler defense stiffened on a fourth-and-1.

The Tivy offense took up where it had left off, moving the ball 90 yards in 12 plays, putting the Antlers up 12-0. Sivils started the drive with a 35-yard run, then later connected with Eddy on a 10-yard pass play, and scored the team’s second touchdown on a five-yard run.

When Medina Valley was forced to punt on its next possession, and the Antlers began their third possession with two first downs, it looked like a rout might be in the offing, but a Tivy fumble on its own 44 jump started the Medina Valley offense, with the Panthers scoring in five plays, the last a 25-yard touchdown pass from Hundley to Brandon Mangold.

Tivy took a 12-7 lead into the locker room at half, then watched Hundley and the Medina Valley offense open the third quarter with its finest offensive series of the night, starting at its own 29 and scoring in 10 plays.

Now down by a point the Antlers showed great resiliency, ending an 18-play drive with a 34-yard field goal from Tivy kicker Jon Pratt.

Antler defensive back, Sal Morrison then turned in a crucial play by intercepting a Hundley pass on the next series.

Tivy then drove down to the Panther nine, but on a fourth-and-4, Sivils was picked off, giving the Panthers new life with little over 6 minutes to play.

Again, the Tivy defense came up big, forcing a Medina Valley punt that Sivils was able to return 22 yards, putting Tivy on the Panther 26. Sivils showed in the final series why he is such a clutch performer, driving his team to the Medina Valley 5-yard line with less than 2 minutes, then finding running back Brown with a pass in the corner of the end zone, giving Tivy its final margin of victory.

For the night Sivils rushed 19 times for a game high 148 yards, and completed seven of 14 passes for 87 yards. Brown added 62 yards on 11 carries and caught two passes for 25.

Besides Morrison, other Tivy defenders with big plays, included sacks of Hundley by Josh Taylor, Jim Gilespie, Dean Roberts and Landon Anderson.

Tivy’s overall record improves to 4-1, and the Antlers are 1-0 in district play.


Llano hands Ingram first loss
From staff reports, The Daily Times, Published October 08, 2005

LLANO — A 203-yard, two-touchdown rushing performance by Shane Pope helped the Llano Yellow Jackets knock off the Ingram Warriors 48-27 Friday night in a battle of District 27-3A unbeaten teams.

Quarterback J.T. Aspra rushed for 97 yards and threw for 178 yards and four TDs on 18-of-34 pass attempts, but the Warriors saw their high-powered offense slowed by a Llano rushing attack that amassed 514 yards on 43 carries.

Ingram is now 5-1 overall, 0-1 in 27-3A, while Llano improved to 6-0, 1-0.

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