The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX


September 2, 2013

GCS, Phoenix open season with big victories



GREENVILLE — Tom Bean 40,

Celeste 20

  TOM BEAN — Tom Bean scored on its first three possessions to set the tone for the season opener for both teams here Friday night. Seeking to avenge last year’s season-opening loss to the Blue Devils, the Tomcats ran wild in a 40-20 non-district football victory.

  Celeste answered the 2A Tomcats first score with a 9-play, 56-yard scoring drive of their own, capped by a 2-yard run through the middle by junior running back Traylon Phillips. Nathan Butcher kicked the extra-point to the game at 7-7 with 423 left in the first quarter.

  Tom Bean’s sophomore running back Daniel Jackson raced 52 yards through the middle of the Blue Devils defense on the next Tom Bean possession to give the Tomcats a 13-7 lead with 2:04 left in the opening period. Jackson finished the night with 146 yards on 14 carries and touchdown runs of 52, 2, and 18 yards. He also grabbed a 4-yard scoring toss from junior quarterback Hunter Book.

  Celeste cut the lead to 20-14 when junior quarterback Marco Santos tossed to Tim Herman, who raced 40 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. The kick was good and with 1:07 left in the half.

  However, the Tomcats’ sophomore Colton Blomstedt took the ensuing kickoff 73 yards for another Tom Bean touchdown, putting the Tomcats up 26-14 at the half.

  Celeste again got back within six points when Santos threw a 10-yard touchdown strike to Cody Evans. The PAT was wide right but with 7:59 left in the third quarter Celeste had cut the lead to 26-20.

  The Tomcats’ Jackson scored twice more to close out the scoring, 40-20.

Commerce 42,

North Lamar 25

  PARIS — Taking full control late in the game, the Commerce Tigers opened their season Friday with a road win over the North Lamar Panthers, 42-25.

  The Tigers were first to score, taking the opening drive 63 yards on seven plays capped with an 11-yard touchdown run by junior running back Tavoris Anderson to make the score 7-0 after the extra point with 8:11 left in the first. After trading punts, North Lamar’s junior back Keitron Reed answered with a 10-yard scoring run, bringing the score to 7-7 after the extra point with minutes left in the first   quarter.

  It took Commerce just one play to take the lead again as Anderson scampered 48 yards for another score, making it 14-7 Commerce. An exciting first half continued on the Panthers’ ensuing possession as senior quarterback Jacob Cowling capped a 10-play, 58-yard drive with a 1-yard run, and after a Commerce punt, took a middle sneak 71 yards for a score. Failed extra points made the halftime score 19-14 North Lamar.

  The Panthers were forced to punt on the first possession of the second half and Commerce seized the lead again after a 64-yard scoring run from Anderson. The score was 21-19 after the extra point.

  North Lamar loaded its power-run offense on the ensuing drive, taking more than six minutes off the clock with a 13-play, 76-yard scoring drive capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by Reed.  The 2-point try failed making it 25-21 North Lamar with 2:44 left in the third.

  The Tigers took full control in the fourth quarter with an 8-yard scoring run from senior back Tyron Wilson, a 90-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by junior DeMarcus Denson and an 18-yard scoring run from senior suarterback Sam Wells.

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