|Eagles hold on for homecoming win over Alba-Golden|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Oct. 8, 2005 - COMO - With only two offensive possessions in the second half, the Como-Pickton Eagles relied on a strong defensive effort to pull out a 30-27 homecoming win over the Alba-Golden Panthers Friday night.
"We had the game put away pretty much in hand the first half and then we came out flat in the second half and gave them an opportunity to come back in the game," said CPHS coach Joe Ryzman. "I was proud of the kids for the way that they rallied back in the fourth quarter and played well and held out for the victory."
The Eagles head into their open date next week with a 3-4 record and are 1-2 in District 17-2A play with three games remaining.
"During an open week, this is a good opportunity for you to be able to work on your basic offensive and defensive packages and eliminate the mistakes and work on your execution during the week," the coach said.
Como-Pickton was outscored 14-0 in the second half after holding a 30-13 lead at intermission as sophomore Noe Tellez nailed a 36-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining.
In the first half, the Panthers relied on the strong running of senior tailback Stefen Posey, who rushed for 169 yards in the game and scored two touchdowns in the first half. He tied the score at 6-6 in the first quarter on a 23-yard run and also scored from 35 yards out in the second half.
Como-Pickton welcomed the return of starter Trent Vail to the lineup, and the senior rushed for 36 yards on eight totes and scored the game's opening touchdown as he rolled around the left side of the Panthers' defense and went in from four yards untouched for a 6-0 lead. He also went 1-of-3 passing for six yards to Tellez.
"I saw a lot of great leadership out on the field from Trent as well as some good athleticism to help our offense and defense out," Ryzman said.
After a tough night running the ball against the Quitman Bulldogs last Friday night, the Eagle duo of Bryan Hicks and Kaleb Mosley had break-out nights as the duo combined for 248 yards rushing in the contest.
Hicks rushed for 169 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown, while Mosley had 15 totes for 79 yards and a touchdown. Hicks also had an 85-yard kickoff return in the first half.
Hicks is now second on the team in rushing with 281 yards on 60 carries with a 4.7-yard-per-carry average. Mosley has 160 yards rushing on 34 totes this season for the Eagles.
Ryzman praised the play of both of his senior running backs and also the play of the offensive line.
"Both of those kids ran well and I was really proud of them," the coach said. "I was proud of the way that the offensive line played and for the efforts that they made to open up the holes for those two kids."
After cutting the Eagles' lead to 30-19 on a touchdown reception from Matt Silcox to Kyle Posey, the Panthers converted the two-point conversion on a pass from Silcox to Brandon Bohannon with 4:20 remaining in the third quarter.
Panther junior running back Jordan Silcox scored the game's final touchdown on a 10-yard run around the right side untouched for draw the Panthers to within 30-27. The PAT was blocked by the Eagles.
On two separate Alba-Golden possessions in the second half, the Panthers were driving deep into Como-Pickton territory but the Eagles made a defensive stand each time to halt the drives. On fourth-and-8 in the fourth quarter, Hicks deflected a Matt Silcox pass to end one scoring drive, and on Alba-Golden's final possession of the game, sophomore cornerback Juan Bautista intercepted a Silcox pass to secure the win for the Eagles.
Matt Silcox was 3-of-11 for 54 yards with one touchdown and one interception for the Panthers, and rushed for 88 yards on 17 carries. Jordan Silcox was the leading receiver with one catch for 41 yards off a tip from Eagles cornerback Josh Telfer with 1:30 remaining in the third quarter.
In other district action, the Caddo Mills Foxes are 3-0 in district play with a 28-22 win over the Quitman Bulldogs, while the Lone Oak Buffaloes shut out the Grand Saline Indians 35-0 in Lone Oak.