DC Disrupts Antelope Homecoming
Denver City 35, Post 32
Published Oct. 1, 2012 @ 9:44 p.m.
REDMAN STADIUM - Rain and mud were factors for both teams in the Bold Gold Antelopes' homecoming game against non-district opponent Denver City as Post, now 4-1, suffered it's first set back of the 2012 season.
Denver City (3-2) a big school 2A team, accepted five turnovers from the home team and resorted to the ground game because of the persistent drizzle to take a close 35-32 win.
At halftime, Denver City had a 15-6 lead. In the second half, the Lopes outscored the Mustangs 26-24. Post started the fourth period with an eleven point deficit, 29-18, as the game came down to the wire. Coach Steve Smith inspired the team by saying "never give up, because miraculous things can happen for those who keep playing," and his players responded.
Antelope tailback D.J. Brown found the heart of the offense finding enough running room to score three touchdowns in the final 12 minutes and 10 seconds of the game. His 57, 53 and 45 yard scores were all to keep Post in the game until the last minute. When DC got the ball back after Brown's last TD, they were able to run out the clock. Brown's scoring darts accounted for 155 of his total game leading 224 rushing yards on 16 carries for a 14 yard average.
Just behind him was Mustang quarterback Mason Milligan who was responsible for all five of Denver City's touchdowns, all on the ground. Milligan, who patiently ran out of the shotgun formation, finished the game with 169 rushing yards and passed for 73 on 10 completions.
According to Coach Smith, the Antelopes' game plan was to grind the ball on the wet grass, as they did, only attempting three passes with one completion. The pass from Pake Jones to Dalton Holly on a slant route, was midway through the third quarter on a fourth down and four from the Post 42 yard line. After Holly leaped high for the ball at midfield, he landed safely and went the distance untouched to put the score at 22-12 and returning hope to the Bold Gold faithful.
In the first quarter, in response to D-City's first score, Holly showed his speed after receiving the kickoff at the 15 yard line and raced 85 yards down the DC sideline past the Mustangs (on and off the field) for the Lopes first TD.
Post's defensive highlights included the Campbell Kirkpatrick and D.J. Brown interceptions. Both were followed by lengthy runs after the catch and were the second pics for both of them this season.
In the tackle category, linemen Nathan Gill and Paul Martinez were the leading tacklers for the Lopes with 15 and 14 respectively.
The Bold Gold have already won twice as many games than than last year. A loss at this stage of the season may be a character builder. "I expect us to handle the loss with great character and determination. They have done a lot since our two win season last year to become a good team so I suspect we will bounce back with a vengeance," said Coach Smith.
"It was a good learning experience, but it hurts to know we where so close to being 5-0. I think everyone has done a great job and the whole program is doing well, so I am pleased with where we are this year and the foundation we are setting for the future will all our groups," added Smith.
Click here to see how the junior varsity and junior high Antelopes fared.
Post will take this week off for a well deserved break as they prepare for the five game District 2-2A, Division II season starting with Lubbock Roosevelt there on October 12.
The Denver City game was the first game in at least four years where it rained throughout the game. A few of the players I spoke with said they enjoyed the muddy field.
After the late third quarter DC touchdown which put them up 29-12, many fair weather Antelope fans left the game just in time to miss D.J. Brown's three TDs to lead Post's comeback attempt. You'll be sorry you missed it. I've learned you don't underestimate this group of Lopes.
DC - Mason Milligan 23 yard run, Mario Esquivel kick good. 7-0 (8:17)
POST - Dalton Holly 90 yard kickoff return, kick failed. 7-6 (8:04)
DC - Milligan 2 yard run, Milligan run good, 15-6 (5:10)
DC - Milligan 8 yard run, Esquivel kick good, 22-6 (8:25)
POST - Holly 58 yard pass from Pake Jones, run failed, 22-12 (6:17)
DC - Milligan 6 yard run, Esquivel kick good, 29-12 (1:17)
POST - DJ Brown 57 yard run, run failed, 29-18 (0:10)
POST - Brown 53 yard run, run failed, 29-24 (8:25)
DC - Milligan 25 yard run, kick failed, 35-24 (1:40)
POST - Brown 45 yard run, Jones run, 35-32 (1:07)
|Team Stats:||Denver City||Post|
|Total Net Yds||337||331|
|Avg. Gain per Play||5.3||8.5|
|Net Yds Rushing||264||273|
|Avg. per Rush||5.0||7.2|
|Net Yds Passing||73||58|
|Yds per Pass||7.3||58.0|
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