Antelopes Sting the Hornets
Brown & Company Run Wild
Published Oct. 23, 2012 @ 12:20 p.m.
TULIA - A trick play and forced turnovers resulted in the Antelopes second District 2-2A, Division II win at Tulia Friday, 45-41. The offensive showcase for both teams put Post (2-0, 6-1) at the top of the standings with Abernathy (2-0, 6-1) as Tulia was reduced to 0-2 in district and 3-4 on the season.
Again tailback D.J. Brown produced a few highlights of the game running for 214 yards and four touchdowns and a touchdown saving defensive play triggering a Lopes comeback.
On fourth down and ten yards to go for the first and the Bold Gold down 41-39, Brown's third touchdown came on an heroic call from the sideline that scored the game winning touchdown for the Lopes with 3:05 remaining in the fourth quarter. The 70 yard scamper was officially scored as a pass play via the hook and ladder (lateral) trick play. Brown was the recipient of a lateral from wide receiver Dalton Holly after Holly caught a ten yard pass from Pake Jones in the left flat. Brown raced down the Post side line untouched for the touchdown and the go ahead score 45-41.
Because of that play, Brown also led the team in receiving yards with 96. "The way the (Tulia) cornerbacks were playing too far inside our wide receivers I thought it was there all game, it was just the time we needed a big play so I called it," Head Coach Steve Smith told The Garza Post. "We practice a lot of trick plays every week."
Just before the big play, Tulia's leading rusher Brandon Jackson was about to score a 45 yard touchdown run when Brown came out of no where to strip the ball from Jackson at the five yard line. Antelope Campbell Kirkpatrick fell on the ball in the end zone for a touch back giving Post the ball at the 20 yard line to begin the game winning drive. "D.J. knocking the ball out of Jackson's hand was the play of the game for sure," said Coach Smith.
Another key play that kept the Lopes in the game happened on Tulia's first possession in the second half with Post trailing by five, 25-20. With first and ten from the Hornet 44 yard line, Post's Paden Babb tackled quarterback Jon Martinez from behind jarring the ball loose as senior Nathan Gill fell on the ball for the Lopes. Four plays later, Brown ran for his second score, a 16 yard TD.
Post's running force combined for 388 yards of the 529 yards of total offense. Fullback Bryan Smith had 87 yards and a touchdown, Jones 30 and a TD, Caden Dean 43 yards and receiver Holly garnered 43 ground yards on three end around plays.
QB Jones had another good passing outing hitting 7 of 11 attempts for 141 yards and two air TDs.
Sophomore Dylan Pearson had a notable game. He caught his first touchdown pass of the season for the Lopes, a 19 yard completion from Jones at the 1:14 mark in the second quarter tightening the score to 22-20, Tulia. He also recorded his first interception on the other side of the ball.
Inside middle linebacker Bryan Smith led the Post defense with 12 tackles followed by Paden Babb's 11, Alejo Rodriguez had eight, Paul Martinez and Alan Alaniz corralled seven each while Dean, Gill, Holly, Kirkpatrick and Travis Greathouse got credit for six tackles apiece. Gill, Babb and Martinez each sacked the quarterback.
Tulia's Jackson finished the game with 221 game leading rushing yards, two TDs and a 35 yard field goal. Hornet QB Jon Martinez passed for eight completions for 195 yards and two touchdowns. The Hornets barely out produced the Lopes in total offense with 541 yards.
Coach Smith explained "beating Tulia puts us at 2-0 in district. In the next three games we need one win to make the playoffs, and three wins to be district champions." The Lopes host Floydada this Friday, then travel to Olton On November 2 and finish at Redman Stadium against Abernathy on the 9th which could be for the district title.
Smith added "we were picked dead last in the A-J and either last or next to last in several polls. What we have achieved thus far is a reflection of the toughness we built in the off season, the quality of the coaches that get our kids motivated and coached up to play at a high level and a good team chemistry and leadership that comes from the character and work ethic of these fine young men. It is a joy to coach them."
Smith went on to put pressure on the Post ISD vehicle maintenance crew saying "as long as I can keep getting the bus to the games, I think we will continue to play well."
POST 45, TULIA 41 (10/19/12)
RECORDS: POST, 2-0, 6-1. TULIA, 0-2, 3-4.
POS — DJ Brown 47 run (Aaron Lopez kick good) 10:45
TUL — Maliek Yarbrough 50 pass from Jon Martinez (kick failed) 5:12
POS — Brown 40 run (Lopez kick good) 1:23
TUL — Brandon Jackson 2 run (Jackson kick good) 11:58
TUL — Keith Braum 49 pass from Martinez (Jackson run) 6:00
POS — Dylan Pearson 19 pass from Pake Jones (run failed) 1:14
TUL — Jackson 35 field goal :09
POS — Brown 16 run (pass failed) 9:36
POS — Bryan Smith 2 run (Lopez kick good) 2:16
TUL — Jackson 30 run (Jackson run) 11:02
TUL — Martinez 24 run (Jackson run) 9:25
POS — Jones 1 run (pass failed) 5:13
POS — Brown 70 pass from Jones via pitch from Dalton Holly (run failed) 3:05
|Total Net Yds||529||541|
|Avg. Gain per Play||8.5||11.3|
|Net Yds Rushing||388||346|
|Avg. per Rush||7.1||8.7|
|Net Yds Passing||141||195|
|Yds per Pass||20.1||24.4|