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Freshman Aaron Lopez (17) just before kicking a 48 yard filed goal to end the first half. Post went on to beat Abernathy, 21-14, for the district championship. Holding the ball Bryan Smith (40).
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DISTRICT CHAMPS! "Bold Gold, Do Work!"

Post 21, Abernathy 14

Published Nov. 13, 2012 @ 12:50 p.m.

REDMAN STADIUM -  From the bleachers, it was difficult to pick the best Bold Gold highlight of the District 2-2A, Division II championship game.  You choose:  a 48 yard field goal, a fumble recovery for a touchdown, two interceptions or Abernathy's timely turnovers.  

Aside from the highlights of the game, the battle cry for the newly crowed district champs "Bold Gold, Do Work" was just what played out according to Head Coach Steve Smith.  "Friday night the fans, the band, the coaches and the team can say without a doubt that we did work!"  

The Post varsity football team finished the regular season with a 9-1 record and the district season undefeated at 5-0 after they outplayed the favored Abernathy Antelopes 21-14 at Jimmie Redman Memorial Stadium on November 9 to claim its first district championship title since the 2004 season.

The Bold Gold earned a week off before playing in the Area round of the playoffs on either November 23rd or the 24th of Thanksgiving weekend against the winner of this weekends game between Sonora and Ballinger.  Location will be determined late Friday or early Saturday.

Freshman kicker Aaron Lopez started the scoring for the Post Antelopes by kicking a 23 yard field goal after Post stalled in the red zone after a 68 yard drive in the first quarter with 2:57 remaining giving the Lopes a 3-0 lead.

Just before halftime, Coach Smith again showed confidence in the young kicker.  With the south wind at his back, Lopez booted a 48 yard three pointer that gave Post momentum and a 13-0 lead going into the locker room.  "We played very well the fist half and the kick was a perfect finish to an almost perfect half," said Smith.  (At press time, it was not determined whether the 48 yard filed goal is a school record.)

Lopez's previous best field goal was a 44 yarder in a junior varsity game earlier this season against Tahoka.

Going into the game, Abernathy (8-2, 4-1) was known as the better defensive team allowing only seven points a game.  Last Friday the Bold Gold proved it too can handle a good offense.  "The defensive game plan was to contain #5 their quarterback (Garrett Royal) and #20 their tail back (Tyler Cooper). The kids did a great job of studying film during the week. (We) played very aggressive and deserved the win," Post's Defensive Coordinator Ron Holson told The Garza Post.   The Post Lopes were on the ball when Abernathy fumbled recovering three of four of the mishandles.

The northern Antelopes were held to 244 total offensive yards with even production on the ground and in the air.  Post relied on it's triple threat running game which produced 280 of it's total 288 offensive yards.  Junior running back D.J. Brown found holes at strategic times throughout the game racking up 165 yards and one touchdown.  

Incidentally, Brown's 18th TD of the season, was due to a fumble at the two yard line after quarterback Pake Jones carried the ball 40 yards from scrimmage to have the ball stripped out before reaching the goal line.  Brown was providing down field blocking and was in the right place at the right time to fall on the loose ball in the end zone to boost the Lopes to a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter.  Jones ended the game with 91 yards on the ground on nine carries.

Fullback Bryan Smith added 31 yards and one touchdown on a 23 yard run in the third quarter.  The score gave Post a 21-7 lead toward the end of the period which topped off a seven play 96 yard Bold Gold drive.

Post's two interceptions were key plays in the game halting Abernathy scoring attempts.  Safety Dalton Holly showed senior leadership picking off Royal twice with substantial runs after the picks.  His first steal resulted in a Post scoring drive in the second quarter. 

"I have won a lot of games in my career and I have been in some huge playoff games and I have a close connection with a lot of those teams in Anton and Archer City, but this game was perhaps the best one I have ever been a part of and this team it overall very special.  This group of players have worked hard, came together to be a strong team, and I have been blessed to be able to assemble an experienced and exceptional staff that cares about the players like sons and can coach football at a very high level," commented Coach Smith.

POST 21, ABERNATHY 14 (11/9/12)

BOX SCORE 1st 2nd 3rd 4th  Final
Abernathy 0 0 7 7 14
Post 3 10 8 0 21


First Quarter
POST — Aaron Lopez 23 FG; 2:57
Second Quarter
POST — D.J. Brown fumble recovery in end zone (Lopez kick); 11:47
POST — Lopez 48 FG; 01
Third Quarter
ABE — Baylor Smith 15 fumble return (Zach Tovar kick); 8:25
POST — Bryan Smith 23 run (Brown pass to Paden Babb); 1:58
Fourth Quarter
ABE — Cassius Cunningham 6 pass from Garrett Royal (Tovar kick); 1:56

TEAM STATS: Abernathy Post
1st Downs 11 12
Total Net Yds 244 288
Avg. Gain per Play 5.8 6.4
Net Yds Rushing 115 280
Rushes 37 44
Avg. per Rush 3.1 6.4
Net Yds Passing 129 8
Passes Attempted 22 4
Passes Completed 5 1
Yds per Pass 25.8 8.0
Intercepted 2 1
Punts 2 4
Avg. Punt 42 95
Penalties 2 6
Penalty Yds 5 35
Fumbles 4 5
Fumbles Lost 3 3



PASSING Comp. Att. Comp. % INT Yds TD
Pake Jones 1 4 25% 1 8 0
RUSHING Rushes Yds Avg. TD
DJ Brown 20 165 8.3 1
Bryan Smith 12 31 2.6 1
Pake Jones 9 91 10.1  
Dalton Holly 2 -5 -2.5  
TOTAL 43 282 6.6 2
RECEIVING Catches Yds Avg. TD
Dalton Holly 1 8 8  


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