Win Over Morton Kicks Off 2012 Season
JV Lopes Beat Levelland
Published Sept. 3, 2012 @ 3:24 p.m.
MORTON, TX - The Bold Gold Antelopes began the 2012 season with a messy but exciting game that resulted in a 31-7 non-district win against the Morton Indians.
The Lopes (1-0) started the game slowly but once the engines got warmed there was promising production on both sides of the ball.
After the Indians scored first in quarter 1, Post reacted twenty seconds later when junior tailback D.J. Brown carried the ball 60 yards to get the Lopes back into the game. The two-extra-point pass play from QB Pake Jones to Brown was converted giving them the lead 8-7 with 2:27 on the first quarter clock.
Early in the second period on first and ten, Jones connected with senior receiver Dalton Holly for a 61 yard acrobatic catch and run making the score 16-7 after the two point conversion by Bryan Smith. Later in the quarter, again on first and ten, Jones and Holly reconnected for a 44 yard completion. The possession ended with Jones scoring on a QB keeper from the three yard line increasing the Post lead to 24-7.
Holly caught the ball three times for 108 yards and one TD. Jones completed four of eight passes for 111 yards and ran for a touchdown.
JV Lopes Beat Levelland. See report below following the varsity game stats.
According to PostSportRadio.com's Allen Grisham, both teams suffered from the "turnover bug". In the first half alone the Lopes fumbled four times and Morton twice. "After watching film, three of the fumbles were caused by the ground. They should have been dead plays," Head Coach Steve Smith told The Garza Post. "Being the first game I think it was just missed (by the referees). We have to do a better job securing the ball in contact and as we go down so we do not leave it up to judgment (of the refs) on whether it was a fumble or not."
The Bold Gold defense rose to the occasion to contain Morton's high flying pistol offense to just 261 yards in Friday's game. Last year the Indians averaged over 500 yards per contest. Coach Smith said it was a "great game plan put together by Coach (Ron) Holson (defensive coordinator) and the coaching staff" referring to providing more defensive backs for better pass coverage. "We felt they had two very athletic and mobile quarterbacks and we did not want to pressure them too much because they could run and scramble better and be more dangerous that way than in the passing game. The regular three we did rush got pretty good pressure on them (QBs) and had several sacks, tackles for loss of yards, a safety and a defensive touchdown and one interception."
The defensive score was by lineman Paul Martinez at the end of the third period when he recovered a Morton fumble in the end zone after the ball was knocked loose from Indian quarterback Adrian Espino. Martinez proceeded to kick the extra point giving him a seven point night and making the score 31-7.
"The kids have done a very good job of being coach-able and playing assignment football. They executed the game plan and it showed on the field," commented Coach Holson referring to his defense.
There were many outstanding defensive performances by the Antelopes. Nathan Gill led the team with 9 tackles: three were sacks, five for losses and one was for a safety. Alan Alaniz had eight tackles, one a sack and three for losses. In the secondary Brown had six tackles and broke up two passes. Holly and Dylan Pearson deflected a couple passes apiece and Campbell Kirkpatrick had the only interception of the game to stop a Morton drive at the three yard line.
Brown averaged 6.6 yards a carry while he racked up 193 yards on the night. Full back and back-up quarterback, sophomore Bryan Smith, followed his fellow back by rushing for 105 yards on 16 carries.
Coach Smith added "The fan support was great and I hope it gets even more loud and rowdy as the weeks progress. The band was outstanding and helped us with their timely use of noise. Most of all, it is amazing to see the players grow and mature after a year of hard work. They deserved and earned the win. They are playing hard and fast and are holding up well over the course of a game. The coaching staff is excellent and brings more experience and great coaching ability and ideas to the program and have the capability of raising us to a whole new level."
With the win, Post starts the 2012 season 1-0. The Antelopes host Lamesa to confront the Golden Tornadoes in a non-district test on Friday, September 7. The Tors go into the test with a record of 0-1. after losing 46-13 in their season opener against Littlefield.
MOR—Eddy Franco 11 pass from Mookie Ross (kick failed); 2:07
POS—D.J. Brown 60 run (Brown pass from Pake Jones); 2:27
POS—Dalton Holly 61 pass from Jones (Bryan Smith run); 11:40
POS—Safety, Adrian Espino tackled in end zone; 3:25
POS—Jones 3 run (pass failed); 1:55
POS—Paul Martinez recovered fumble in end zone (Martinez kick); 00:00
First downs 14 12
Rushes-yards 42-376 41-136
Passing yards 111 212
Comp.-att.-int. 4-8-0 9-31-1
Punts-avg. 0-0 3-33.0
Fumbles-lost 5-5 4-4
Penalties-yards 16-145 11-95
Post JV 26, Levelland 12 (8/30/12)
Coach Jerry Pyles - The Post Antelope JV team defeated Levelland there on Thursday night. The Bold Gold Defense caused a fumble on the Lobos' opening driving. Christian Saucedo stripped the ball and the Lopes recovered. Three plays later fullback Blaine Reece scored from 40 yards out and Cambry Gilbert added the two point play. Later in the quarter tailback Gilbert added a 5 yard TD run.
During the second quarter, Gilbert took a pitch from QB Jarred Curtis and ran down the right sideline to pay dirt to extend the lead to 20-6.
The Lopes continued scoring after halftime. Curtis checked off to a hot route to receiver Shandon Wiley. Wiley caught the ball behind the defense to give the Lopes a 26 -12 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
Other key performance: Ricky Fontenot, Ethan Self - KDP, Christian Saucedo - caused fumble, Shandon Wiley INT, offensive line Alex Perez, Caleb Krenshaw, Blake Boren, Rafeal Gonzales, Edel Sanchez, Tristan Fannon, David Hernandez.
Post 14 6 6 0 - 26
Levelland 0 6 6 0 - 12
Blaine Reece - 40 run (Cambry Gilbert run)
Gilbert - 5 run (pass failed)
Gilbert 49 run (pass failed)
Shandon Wiley 43 pass from Curtis (run failed)
Post JV Record, 1-0