|Rains opens district play with 34-13 loss to Quinlan|
|By Trey Hill | News-Telegram Correspondent|
Oct. 9, 2004 - QUINLAN - The Quinlan Ford Panthers took a 21-0 lead in the first quarter then held on for a 34-13 win over the Rains Wildcats in the two teams' District 11-3A opener Friday night at Lytal Stadium.
The win gives Quinlan a 1-0 district record and an overall record of 3-3, while Rains drops to 1-5 for the season and 0-1 in district play.
Tony Amico provided the bulk of Quinlan's fire power for the night. Amico led all rushers with 133 yards on 12 carries, including touchdown runs of 67 and 12 yards, and he completed a 34-yard halfback pass to Gary Sanders for a third touchdown.
With the exception of the long run by Amico, Quinlan took advantage of a excellent field position for their scoring drives. For the night, the Panthers' average scoring drive began in Wildcat territory. Their longest drive was a 60-yard scoring trek that was set up by a 48-yard run by Sean Callahan.
Quinlan took the 21-0 lead on Amico's runs of 67 and 12 yards along with a 1-yard run by Josh Oliver.
Rains answered in the second quarter with a 2-yard run by Tyler Jones. Jones finished the night leading the Wildcats with 48 yards rushing on 13 carries.
Quinlan retook a 21-point lead in the waning seconds of the first half when Amico connected with Sanders on the halfback pass. Bryan Goss added the point-after kick making the score 28-6 at the half.
Defensive adjustments made at halftime slowed the Quinlan offense during the second half. After amassing 209 yards in the first half, the Wildcat defense managed to limit Quinlan to 100 yards of offense in the final two quarters.
After Quinlan extended their lead to 34-6 on another 1-yard run by Oliver in the second quarter, Aaron Potts helped direct the Wildcats on an 81-yard scoring drive in the fourth period. Potts completed 25-yard passes to L.N. White and Tam Nguyen to move the Cats to the Panther doorstep. Mandel Christian capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run. Justin McFalls added the point-after kick to give the 34-13 final score.
Friday night the Wildcats hope to bounce back as they continue district action by hosting the Commerce Tigers.
Rains 0 6 0 7 -13
Princeton 21 7 6 0 -34
Quin - Tony Amico 67 run (kick failed), 9:40
Quin - Josh Oliver 1 run (Aaron Kemp run), 5:35
Quin - Amico 12 run (Bryan Goss kick), 0:58
Rains - Tyler Jones 2 run (kick failed), 8:35
Quin - Amico 34 pass to Gary Sanders (Goss kick), 0:35
Quin - Oliver 1 run (kick failed), 1:12
Rains - Mandel Christian 3 run (Justin McFalls kick), 1:15
First downs 12 16
Rushes-yards 31-110 34-251
Passing yards 59 58
Comp-Att-Int 4-13-1 4-9-1
Punts 3-38.3 2-43.5
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties-yards 5-30 8-61
RUSHING - Rains, Tyler Jones 13-48; Aaron Potts 4-27; Derek Hurst 3-19; Aaron Combs 5-7; Daniel Davis 2-6; Mandel Christian 4-3. Quinlan, Tony Amico 12-133; Sean Callahan 7-70; Josh Oliver 8-28; Bryan Goss 6-24; Aaron Kemp 3-18; Marcus Cox 3-2.
PASSING - Rains, Potts 4-13-1-59. Quinlan, Goss 3-8-1-58; Amico 1-1-0-34.
RECEIVING - Rains, L.N. White 1-25; Tam Nguyen 1-25; Davis 1-5; Hurst 1-4. Quinlan, Gary Sanders 1-34; Kemp 2-20; Callahan 1-4.