Shut-out in Olton Sets Up District Championship
Post 40, Olton 0
Published Nov. 5, 2012 @ 9:31 p.m.
OLTON - What was billed as a sure win for the Bold Gold (4-0, 8-1) was exactly that: a 40-0 drumming of Olton (0-4, 1-8) on senior night at Mustang Memorial Stadium in a District 2-2A, Division II contest.
Taking a 21-0 lead into the second quarter, the Post coaching staff took advantage of the situation to get some back-up players some game time experience. "I wanted the reserves to get some time early and we did in the second quarter," explained Head Coach Steve Smith. "Then we came out of half sharp and scored two quick TDs and then let the reserves finish up."
Of the Post back-up players, the highlight play was in the fourth quarter when fullback Marco Erives ran the ball up the gut for a 51 yard scamper increasing the Lopes lead to 40-0. Erives was Post's second leading rusher in the game with 79 yards on 10 carries.
Starting powerback Bryan Smith was the Antelopes' leading offensive producer running for three touchdowns on 7 carries for 83 yards.
Olton started off the game on the wrong foot when they kicked the ball to D.J. Brown who proceeded to return the ball 85 yards for the first score of the game. Brown, one of the best kick returners and rushers in the region, saw limited time on offense running the ball seven times for 46 yards. With the runs from scrimmage and the kickoff return, Brown contributed 131 total yards.
Pake Jones, the Post quarterback had success on the ground and in the air. He averaged 4.5 yards a run and completed three of seven passes for 77 yards. One of those completions was a first quarter 42 yard touchdown catch and run to senior receiver Dalton Holly increasing the score to 14-0, after Aaron Lopez's extra point kick.
Olton's four lost fumbles and an interception by Post's Austin Garza kept the Mustangs out of the end zone. Garza's also had a 17 yard catch on a pass from Jones.
The victory in Olton results in a district championship match-up this Friday at home against the Abernathy Antelopes. A week earlier the maroon Lopes beat Olton 42-0. How does that compare to the Bold Gold's win over the Mustangs? "I do not look at that kind of comparison. Match-ups are different, coaching styles are different. We work on making Post better and work on things we can control. I don't play the numbers game," said Coach Smith.
Smith added that he's very happy with the demeanor of both the players and the coaches. "We are doing it with good sportsmanship and ethics and the young men can take the lessons of this program into the world and the rest of their lives and be successful in all their endeavors. The chain crew (from Olton) complimented the kids, the coaches and myself on having the most well mannered, professional, and impressive staff and roster. The officials also complimented our kids and the way they play. I am most proud of how our kids are representing the school, their families and our community."
POST 40, OLTON 0 (11/2/2012)
POS — D.J. Brown 85 kickoff return (Aaron Lopez kick); 11:46
POS — Dalton Holly 42 pass from Pake Jones (Lopez kick); 6:35
POS — Bryan Smith 4 run (Lopez kick); 2:26
POS — Smith 3 run (Lopez kick); 9:00
POS — Smith 3 run (kick failed); 7:57
POS — Marco Erives 51 run (kick failed); 1:54
|Total Net Yds||88||308|
|Avg. Gain per Play||1.8||6.8|
|Net Yds Rushing||69||231|
|Avg. per Rush||1.7||6.1|
|Net Yds Passing||19||77|
|Yds per Pass||2.7||11.0|
RECORDS: Post 4-0, 8-1; Olton 0-4, 1-8.