|Como-Pickton falls to 0-2 in district with loss to Quitman|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Oct. 1, 2005 - QUITMAN - The Como-Pickton Eagles were without three key players Friday night during a 47-0 District 17-2A loss to the Quitman Bulldogs at Bud Moody Stadium.
"I was also proud of the way that the kids handled the adversity this week that they experienced and played hard for four quarters," CPHS coach Joe Ryzman said.
Senior running back Ray Hayden, who was on pace to set three school records this season, has been suspended from the team, starting quarterback and free safety Trent Vail was not medically cleared for the game, and back-up quarterback Garold Pierce quit the team due to personal reasons this week.
"Ray did not play tonight due to suspension by disciplinary reasons and the length of the suspension is to be determined," said Ryzman.
Hayden had already set the single game rushing record this season with a 348 yard performance against the Celeste Blue Devils in Week 1 of the season and had 114 carries for 1,157 yards and 18 touchdowns.
He was averaging 10.1 yards per carry and was the team's leading scorer with 114 points in five games this season and had a 78-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Collinsville in a 58-13 win in their final pre-district game two weeks ago.
Vail received clearance from his doctor starting Monday afternoon on his lower left leg and will be in uniform for their homecoming contest against the Alba-Golden Panthers next Friday night after a three-game absence from the starting lineup.
"The kids will be fired up because of it being their homecoming and they know that Alba is coming to town," the coach said. "We are going to work hard to play good steady defense and offense without any turnovers and giving up any big plays on defense next Friday night.
Vail returns to the lineup with 204 yards rushing and one touchdown while throwing for 88 yards on 10-of-22 passing for the Eagles with one touchdown and one interception in three games this season.
C-P went to third string quarterback Noe Tellez during last night's game in place of Pierce and he finished 1-of-10 passing for 12 yards and four interceptions, but Ryzman said for the short week Tellez did a good job learning quarterback for the Eagles.
"Really, the kids played well and I was proud of them given the fact that our back-up quarterback decided to quit this week and we had Noe step in and do a tremendous job at quarterback," the coach said. "He (Tellez) threw a number of interceptions but he also threw a number of good passes and so for him to come in and never play quarterback and do the job that he did at Quitman I was really proud of him."
Quitman opened up their first offensive series of the game behind the running game of junior Joe Lucas as he scampered 43 yards to paydirt for their opening touchdown. Adrian Velasquez booted the PAT good for the 7-0 lead.
Bulldogs running back Chris Bennett scored his first of three touchdowns on the night with 1:29 remaining in the first quarter on a 4-yard run for a 14-0 lead. He also scored on runs of 74 and 18 yards.
The Eagles went to the running game of Bryan Hicks and Kaleb Mosley on numerous occasions but neither runner could really get anything going as they combined for 59 of the team's 70 total yards.
Hicks ended the game with 18 totes for 18 yards, while Mosley had 41 yards on 11 carries. Josh Telfer was the leading receiver for the Eagles with one reception for 12 yards.
Bennett led the way for the Bulldogs with 11 carries for 188 yards and three touchdowns, while teammate Doug Carden had 11 totes for 106 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bulldogs averaged 12.9 yards per carry as they finished with 40 carries for 515 yards and finished with 533 yards of total offense.
In other district action, Caddo Mills improved to 2-0 in district play with a 14-10 win over the Grand Saline Indians, and Lone Oak handed Edgewood their second district loss with a 48-27 win in Edgewood.