SAN ANGELO — Two third quarter touchdowns and a late touchdown in the fourth quarter by host Angelo State led the host Rams a 21-7 win to the spoil the debut of A&M-Commerce head football coach Guy Morriss.
PARIS — This game turned on defense.
Sure the running backs looked good in this season opener between Paris and Sulphur Springs.
But in the battle of Wildcats, it was a “Pick 6” by Sulphur Springs defender that switched the momentum.
Hiding back in man-to-man defense like a fox in a henhouse, Sulphur Springs defensive back Sharard Timmons was waiting. When the time was right he bolted in front of a Corbin Taylor pass and returned in 58 yards down the sidelines for a touchdown. Timmon’s big play came when the Wildcats were holding a slim 21-14 lead over the spirited Paris bunch. The extra point was missed, but the visitors had some breathing room taking a 27-14 lead following the play with 3:42 left in the third period.
“That play fired us and got us going. I saw some life in our team when Sharard took that pick to the house. It got everyone excited,” Sulphur Springs head coach Greg Owens. “ I thought our whole defense played very well.”
COMO — If it was ever a night for nail biting, Friday night at Ron Heflin Field was that night as Como-Pickton versus Cumby football game came down to the final seconds.
“It was a little bit scary,” said C-P offensive coordinator Conley Bland said after the game.
The Cumby Trojans had inched closer to the end zone with Michael Morris at quarterback. The Trojans got the ball on the 27-yard line with 52 seconds remaining on the game clock and the C-P Eagles are up 22-14.
HONEY GROVE — The defense for Cooper was simply overhelming.
The Bulldogs were on the prowl, holding the Warriors to 57 total yards as Cooper took a 16-0 victory.
Seven Bulldogs had at least four tackles with Cooper throwing Honey Grove for losses on nine plays.
Top tacklers for Cooper were: Jacob Vaughn, Tommy Walker, six each; Logan Arthur, Eli Mauldin, five apiece; Holden Jenkins, William Tubbs and Chris Ballard four each.