The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

November 17, 2013

Greenville Christian School drops playoff game


Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE —   Greenville Christian School dropped its six-man football playoff game on Saturday, falling 60-14 to the Abilene Christian Panthers.

  Will Martens threw for touchdown of 50 and 40 yards to receivers Andy Henderson and Brandon Nail.

Pretei Lemo converted one of the kicks.

  Abilene Christian, now 9-2, advances to the second round of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools’ Division I playoffs while GCS finishes at 5-6.

  “We played hard against a very physical, large team,” said GCS coach David Wombaker. “We made some mistakes, didn’t block well but competed hard. I am very proud of this team overcoming the adversity that has plagued us this year. We grew as a team, grew as men this season. We fought and played as a team. We learned what it takes to improve and compete. Praise God for GCS and the athletic program.”

  Wombaker praised the leadership of seniors Will Martens, Andy Henderson, Luke Johnson, Tristan Wooten and Brady Bowers “throughout the season.”

Waco Methodist 52,

Greenville Phoenix 12

  WACO — No. 1 seed Waco Methodist ended Greenville Phoenix’s six-man football season, handing the Firebirds a 52-12 playoff loss on Friday.

  Antwan Blakely led the Firebirds with 120 yards rushing on 20 carries, including a 4-yard touchdown run.

  Blakely also threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Alfred Osornio.

  Blakley also registered seven tackles on defense, blocked a conversion kick and forced a fumble.

  Marcus Thomas and Jay Arsenio both finished with seven tackles for the Firebirds and Alfredo Osornio had five tackles.

  Waco Methodist stayed undefeated at 10-0.

  Phoenix finished at 6-5.

  “Although we didn’t reach our ultimate goal we still consider this a successful season,” said Phoenix coach Rich Gant. “The kids grew a great deal and we’re looking forward to next year.”

Farmersville 35,

Pilot Point 27

  MCKINNEY — Farmersville (7-4) picked up its first football playoff win in three years on Friday in a 35-27 victory over Pilot Point (7-4) in a Class 2A Division I bi-district contest at Ron Poe Stadium.

  The victory avenged a previous 28-14 loss to the Bearcats back in 2000 in the 2A Division I regional quarterfinals.

  Farmersville advances to area and next week will face the winner of the Dangerfield-Eustace game.

  The Farmers were up 21-14 at halftime on touchdowns from Andrew Simons (33- and 43-yard runs) and Caleb Twyford (42-yard pass from Cole Anderson). Erik Patino converted on all three extra point attempts.

  At the break, Farmersville had 226 total yards on eight first downs.

  Pilot Point had 143 on seven first downs and a pair of interceptions.

  Farmersville finished off the win with 470 yards in 16 first downs.

  Top gainers were Simons (117), Anderson (268) and Twyford (132).

  The defense gave up 496 total yards, but picked off four passes and forced a fumble.

Whitesboro 34,

Caddo Mills 0

  FRISCO — The Caddo Mills Foxes (4-7) fell to the Whitesboro Bearcats (10-1) 34-0 on Friday night in a Class 2A Division 1 bi-district playoff game at Frisco Memorial Stadium.

  The Bearcats’ defense never let the Fox offense get untracked, holding Caddo Mills to a total offense output of 86 yards. The Foxes did not help themselves with two interceptions and 10 penalties for 80 yards. 

  The Foxes stayed with the Whitesboro team for a half, trailing only 7-0 at halftime. The Foxes held Whitesboro to 80 rushing and 37 via the airways for the first half.  However, the Caddo Mills offense could not get going and had only 50 yards of offense in the first half.

  Whitesboro blew the game open in the second half, scoring on four out of five possessions. Tailback   Collin Kilcrease led the Bearcats with 112 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 18 carries.

Whitesboro advances to the area round to take on New Boston (10-1).

New Boston 61,

Lone Oak 39

  PARIS — Lone Oak (7-4) jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in its Class 2A Division I bi-district football playoff game against New Boston (10-1) but the Lions and running back Devonte Wade soon took over en route to a 61-39 victory at Wildcat Stadium.

  Running back Devin Shaw led the Buffaloes with 110 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 29 carries.

  Lone Oak quarterback Jake Williams completed 17 of 38 passes for 218 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.

  Ryan Bayse caught four passes for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Wade scored on an 11-yard touchdown scamper to give New Boston the lead in the first quarter 7-6, and the Lions never looked back. Wade finished with 215 yards on 11 carries and four touchdowns, also including runs of 9, 58 and 97 yards.

  New Boston quarterback Aaron Conkleton only attempted four passes, but his two completions went for touchdowns of 75 yards and 40 yards for a total of 115 yards.

New Boston will face Whitesboro (10-1) next week.

Leonard 43,

Edgewood 36

  ROYSE CITY — Big plays, bigger mistakes, overtime and high drama were all on the docket Thursday night in what could be considered a contender for “Game of the Year” as Leonard and Edgewood faced off in a Class 2A Division II bi-district football playoff game at Royse City ISD Stadium.

  Leonard (8-3) forced overtime with a fumble recovery and — after scoring on the first play of its overtime possession — recovered another to put an end to a thrilling contest that moves the Tigers into the second round with a 43-36 win over the Bulldogs (8-3).

  Edgewood’s Carlos Bolton rushed for 247 yards but appeared to lose the ball on both crucial fumbles without being touched by a Leonard defender. Cody Crane recovered the loose ball in overtime after Justin Bennett (136 rushing yards, 3 TDs) scored from the 25 on the first play of the extra period.

  The Tigers erased a 15-point deficit with a little more than two minutes left in the third on Bennett’s touchdown runs of two and seven yards, respectively. Solomon Titus added 175 yard on 19 carries for the Tigers, who gained 346 total yards and took advantage of five Edgewood turnovers and numerous penalties.

  The Bulldogs gained 471 total yards — 346 on the ground — but put the ball on the ground seven times, losing three. Jackson Tyner rushed for 102 yards and passed for 125 with a pair of rushing scores, but was picked off twice and lost a fumble.

Atlanta 46,

Rains 15

  MOUNT PLEASANT — Atlanta jumped out to a 33-0 halftime lead and then held on for a 46-15 Class 3A Division II bi-district football victory over the Rains Wildcats on Thursday.

  Rains, which was 0-10 last season, finished at 4-7.

  Atlanta, now 7-4, advances to the area round to face Gladewater, a 48-0 winner over Canton.

  Quarterback Chase Musgrove went 10-of-17 passing for 179 yards and two touchdowns to lead Atlanta. Jace Flowers caught two of those passes for 75 yards.

  Running back DaQuan Allen ran for 142 yards and a pair of scores on eight carries.

Nick Grell set up Rains’ first touchdown with a fumble recovery returned to the Atlanta 11. Quarterback Ryan Ratliff then ran in from the 1-yard line for the score and passed to Adam Perez for the two-point conversion.

  Dakota Mills scored the Wildcats’ second touchdown on a 7-yard run. Rogelio Perez booted the conversion.

  Ratliff was 2-of-8 passing for 23 yards and rushed for 54 yards on 14 carries.

  Jesse Hudson led the Rains rushers with 77 yards on 18 carries as Rains finished with 247 total yards.

  Atlanta wound up with 460 total yards.