Takeaways Secure Post a Homecoming Victory, 31-7
Post Football Program vs. Anson: A four game sweep
Published Oct. 1, 2011 @ 12:21 p.m.
REDMAN STADIUM - If you consider turnovers a gift, the five offered by homecoming opponent Anson were well received by the Antelopes, literally. Three of those were well defended pass coverage efforts by Post's defensive backs, two of which were turned into bold gold for the home team. The other two gifts were fumbles recovered by the Lopes, and one of those was eventually converted into a Post touchdown as the Lopes improved to 1-1 in district play and 2-4 overall.
Most notably was the 100 yard interception return by burly senior Jacob Perez. With the Tigers threatening to score with first and goal from the three yard line, Perez stepped in front of the intended receiver and picked-off the pass at the goal line and proceed to outrun the entire Anson team for a touchdown that gave Post the lead, 12-7, in the second quarter. Head Coach Steve Smith admired Perez in saying "he played the play better tonight than he has all year. It is good reinforcement for a player to be disciplined and do it how we teach it and he gets rewarded with such a great play. He was not about to let anyone stop him (from running the entire lenght of the field).
Perez was named the "Antelope of the Game" by the Post Sports Radio crew.
Another interception in the fourth quarter by cornerback D.J. Brown resulted in an 84 yard TD run on the next play from scrimmage by Brown. The sophomore ended the night averaging 10 yards a carry for 120 yards on 12 touches and the one TD.
A third interception, although not converted into points for the Lopes, was by safety Steven Howard. The pass by Anson's Christian Garcia was deflected by teammate Dalton Holly into the hands of Howard. The second quarter turnover gave the ball to the Lopes on their own 43 yard line.
The Antelopes' defense spent the week preparing for Anson's rushing attack. But, it was pass coverage that stole the spot light. Coach Smith explained why his pass coverage was successful, "I think we have seen a lot better passing attacks from Floydada and Slaton and the lessons we have learned have made us better at coverage."
It was the perfect evening for Friday night action at Jimmie Redman Memorial Stadium with the stands almost full with Post homecoming attendees sporting mums and garters.
The Lopes won the coin flip and chose to defer and to receive the ball in the second half and giving the Tigers the ball to start the game. The Bold Gold held Anson to a three and punt situation to take possession at the Post 20 yard line. Just when things were going well, on the Lopes first offensive play, Pake Jones' pass to Dalton Holly was picked-off by Anson's Garcia for a 28 yard touchdown return as the Tiger's scored first with the score 7-0 with 9:29 on the first quarter clock.
The Antelopes quickly regrouped and decided that the Tigers (0-2, 0-6) will score no more.
Not to be outdone by Brown's performance, fullback Vance Blair ran more like a running back by jumping and changing direction on his way to a game leading 150 yard, two touchdown ball carrying performance. His longest was a 62 yard run to the one yard line in the final period that set up his second TD of the evening. The score topped off a seven play 95 yard drive increasing the Post lead, 24-7. At the end of first quarter, he crossed the goal line from four yards out for his first TD.
Quarterback Pake Jones ran for a 20 yard touchdown in the third period making the score 18-7 with 9:27 remaining in the quarter. Jones ran the ball ten times for 39 yards. He was 3-of-9 passing for 25 yards.
All toll the Antelopes had 335 yards total offense, 310 yards on the ground, for a 7 yard per play average. Why is the running game improving? The players "believe in what we are doing more and more. It is a credit to them to keep working hard through the adversity we have faced both in opponents and injuries," said Smith.
Post kept the Tigers caged as Anson produced just 172 yards of total offense.
Both teams lost two fumbles during the game. Seniors Matt Soto and Dale Diaz had a recovery each for the Lopes.
The Post defense often engaged in gang tackling against the Tigers. Getting credit with solo tackles were Perez and Holly with five each, Soto, Howard and Diaz wrapped-up four apiece while Dakota McDonald and Nathan Gill each had three solo tackles.
Post Football Program: A four game homecoming week sweep.
I asked Athletic Director/Head Coach Steve Smith how it feels when the entire football program wins all four games during homecoming week. He replied, "it is exciting for the kids and the program. We have never wavered in our focus and our work ethic and we are starting to see the kids turn it on. It is exciting and makes me proud that we are improving and learning to play hard and more physical each week. We have a ways to go, but we are on a good path."
JV - Post 28, Anson 14 (Click here for game summary)
8th Grade - Post 46, Anson 0 (Click here for game summary)
7th Grade - Post 30, Anson 0 (Click here for game summary)
A message from Coach Smith: "I would like to personally thank everyone who supports the program in a positive way. We work hard to build character and hard working young men and I appreciate those who watch us and support us and trust us with their kids. I have seen a lot of personal growth in our young men and I have a lot of faith that they are learning valuable life lessons and will take them with them as they become members of society, heads of families, and leaders of the future. Post is a great place and we can make it a very special place for all our kids if we will all pitch in and work together and help each other to this end, the Bold Gold tradition, and excellence will return."
Listen to the archived podcast of the game on Post Sports Radio.
VARSITY BOX SCORE
POST 31, ANSON 7
Anson 7 0 0 0 - 7
Post 6 6 6 13 - 31
ANSON-CHRISTIAN GARCIA 28 Interception return. Kick by JAKE SMITH good. (9:29)
Post-Vance BLAIR 4 yard run.PAT Pass fails. (00:01)
Post-Jacob PEREZ 100 yard interception return. PAT run fails. (06:45)
Post Pake JONES 20 yard run. PAT run failed. (2:33)
Post-BLAIR 1 yard run. PAT Pass failed. (7:21)
Post-D.J. BROWN 84 yds run. PAT Kick by Perez GOOD.(4:56)
FIRST DOWN 13 11
RUSHES/YARDS (NET) 38/310 30/87
PASSING YARDS (NET) 25 85
Passes Att/Comp/Int 9/3/1 23/7/3
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS/YARDS 47/335 53/172
Punt Returns/Yards 0/0 0/0
Kickoff Returns/Yards 2/25 6/53
Interception Returns/Yards 3/113 1/28
Punts (Number/Avg) 2/37 3/38
Fumbles/Lost 2/2 2/2
Penalties/Yards 6/37 0/0
RUSHING(Att/Yards/TD): ANSON - CHRISTIAN GARCIA 23/57, KASEY NORMAN 1/15, Matt Villanueva 3/13, Miguel Lozano 3/2. Post - Vance Blair 14/150/2, D.J. Brown 12/120/1, Pake Jones 10/39/1, Bryan Smith 1/2.
PASSING(Comp/Att/Int/Yard): ANSON - CHRISTIAN GARCIA 7/23/3/85. POST - Pake Jones 3/9/1/25.
RECEIVING (No/Yard): ANSON - Isaiah Garcia 2/38, Matt Villanueva 3/33, HAYDEN STOVALL 2/14. POST - Dalton Holly 3/25.
ANSON - CHRISTIAN GARCIA 1/28/1. POST - Jacob Perez 1/100/1, Steven Howard 1/9, D.J. Brown 1/4.
RECORDS: ANSON 0-2, 0-6. POST 1-2, 2-4.