Eagles rely on smash mouth football for big victory
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Oct. 9, 2004 - ALBA - The Como-Pickton Eagles relied on smash mouth football Friday night against the Alba-Golden Panthers in a 58-3 trouncing during the Panthers homecoming weekend.

The Harris Ratings system had CPHS favored by 44 points going into the game.

"This was a game in which we were heavily favored and after watching the film I felt like if our kids played the way that they were capable of playing that it wouldn't be a contest," C-P coach Joe Ryzman said.

The Eagles are now 6-1 on the year and 2-1 in District 17-2A play as they will have a bye next week before their homecoming contest against the Caddo Mills Foxes on Oct. 22. Homecoming festivities will begin at 7 p.m.

In 40 offensive plays for the Eagles, C-P rushed every single play and finished with 451 yards of total offense with Tyrin Porter, Ray Hayden and John Sullivan all having over 100 yards.

"That is one thing that we do well and we have worked on a lot this week was our running game, especially up the middle," Ryzman said. "Our offensive line needs to be credited to a large extent to our running backs' success because our running backs couldn't do without the offensive line."

Hayden, a junior, started the scoring for Como-Pickton only 1:19 into the game when he powered his way in from 19 yards out for the early 7-0 lead. Noe Tellez nailed his first PAT good.

Alba-Golden then put together an impressive drive with their only score of the game coming on a 13-yard field goal by Victor Plenafor for a 7-3 deficit.

CPHS then scored 51 unanswered points behind strong running from Porter, a senior, and Hayden, who combined for six touchdowns during that stretch.

"We have some good talent at running back and right now we are clicking on all cylinders as it appeared tonight," Ryzman said.

Porter scored his first of four touchdowns in the first quarter with 6:53 remaining going straight through the heart of the Panthers defense on a 48-yard scamper to paydirt and a 13-3 lead.

With under two minutes remaining in the quarter, Porter pounded his way in from 8 yards out for a 20-3 lead. Tellez connected on his second PAT.

Hayden ended the opening frame with his second of three touchdowns in the game on a 19-yard run for a 27-3 lead heading into the second quarter. Tellez nailed the PAT good.

"We came into this week focused primarily on doing the things we needed to do to become a better offense, defense and special teams, so really that is what we did throughout the game," Ryzman said.

C-P quarterback Josh Biggerstaff made the most out of his one rushing carry in the ballgame going 19 yards for the touchdown with 10:19 remaining in the half. Biggerstaff now has eight rushing touchdowns on the year.

Biggerstaff did not throw one pass in the game after coming in with a 49-percent completion rate on 27-of-55 passing for 488 yards and five touchdowns.

The offensive show continued with Hayden and Porter combining for the final three touchdowns of the game with Hayden getting the first when he sprang loose for 44 yards and a 41-3 lead. Tellez hit his fourth straight PAT.

On Porter's final carry of the first half, he ran for 58 yards to paydirt as the Eagles went into the locker room with a 48-3 lead.

Porter ended the night with 168 yards on eight carries and four touchdowns as he now has 1,069 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns for the Eagles this season.

Porter scored his final touchdown of the game in the third quarter from 9 yards out to give CPHS a 55-3 lead at that point in the game.

Tellez nailed a 29-yard field goal with just over a minute remaining in the game for the 58-3 final.

Alba-Golden wrapped up the game with 135 yards of total offense, and quarterbacks Rob Thomas and Matt Silcox threw three interceptions in the game with Ronnie Hightower, Porter and Trent Vail making the interceptions.

Thomas led the team in rushing with 56 yards on 11 carries, while teammate Corey Hobbs had 28 yards on seven carries.

Sullivan had 21 carries for 110 yards, while Hayden wrapped up the night with 144 yards on six carries and his three touchdowns.

"We just basically went in after Quitman and looked at things that we needed to become better at and then regrouped, refocused and worked those things in and tried to polish those areas this week," the coach said. "I did see some things that we still need to work on, but I will say this about the kids - they got much better this week as compared to last week."

With games against Caddo Mills, Lone Oak and Edgewood still on the schedule, Ryzman said the team needs to play four quarters of smash mouth football and play like they did in a 32-20 win against the Grand Saline Indians.

"We are going to have to play three more games like we did against Grand Saline. These are quality teams that we are going to see for the last three games," Ryzman said. "I have coached against their new head coach (Steve Sumrow) before, and I know that he runs multiple formations. Defensively, we are going to have to adjust to those multiple formations, and he runs a balanced attack."

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