|Rains pounds Quinlan 53-14|
|By TREY HILL | News-Telegram Correspondent|
Oct. 8, 2005 - EMORY - The Rains Wildcats opened District 11-3A play with a convincing 53-14 win over the Quinlan Ford Panthers Friday night at Wildcat Stadium. Rains goes to 1-0 in district play, 5-1 for the season. Quinlan drops to 0-1, 0-6.
Rains showed early in the game that they were prepared for Quinlan’s spread offense. On the first play of the game, Aaron Potts picked off the first of two interceptions he had in the game. Rains took five plays to drive 30 yards to take a 7-0 lead on a 3-yard touchdown run by Anthony Lewis.
Quinlan made the game close throughout the first half. The Panthers answered the Rains touchdown with a 10-play, 89-yard scoring drive. Oliver capped the drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Ryann Callard to even the score at 7-7.
Rains retook the lead on the first play of the second quarter on an 8-yard pass from Tyler Jones to Potts. Derek Hurst kicked his second of five
successful point-after attempts to give Rains a 14-7 lead.
Quinlan answered right back as Oliver orchestrated a 14-play scoring drive. Oliver proved elusive on broken plays as he picked up 36 yards on the
69-yard scoring drive. Oliver capped the drive with a plunge from a yard out
to even the score at 14-14 with 4:52 remaining in the first half.
Rains retook the lead just before the half when Jones completed his second touchdown pass to Potts, this time from 9 yards out. The point after kick failed leaving the score at 20-14 at the half.
What was a close game in the first half became a rout in the third quarter. Jones capped the Cats’ opening drive of the second half with a quarterback sneak from a yard out. Quinlan’s defense forced Rains to punt on their next possession; however, Larry Moore forced a fumble on the punt return setting up a 1-yard touchdown run by Mandel Christian.
Rains capped a 19-point third quarter with an 11-yard touchdown run by Hurst to take a 39-14 lead heading into the final quarter.
Jones opened the fourth quarter by picking off Oliver’s third interception
of the night. Rains took six plays to march 27 yards to increase its lead
to 46-14 on a 3-yard touchdown run by Lewis.
Quinlan tried to break the second-half shutout as they drove down to the Rains 4-yard line. Tobey Armstrong and Joey Northcutt sacked Oliver for a loss to end the threat. On the Wildcat’s first play after taking over
possession, Derrick Tucker broke loose for a 87-yard touchdown run to make the score 53-14.
Tucker led all rushers with 112 yards on six carries. Christian finished
with 56 yards on 12 carries and Hurst and Lewis each finished with 37 yards.
Defensively Potts had two interceptions which led to two touchdowns. Moore caused two fumbles which increased Quinlan’s turnovers to five for the game.
Friday night the Wildcats will travel to Commerce in key district showdown. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.