Foxes show why they're 17-2A leaders
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Oct. 22, 2005 - CADDO MILLS - Needing to win out and get some help for a return trip to the Class 2A state playoffs, the Como-Pickton Eagles hopes were dashed with a 43-18 loss to district-leading Caddo Mills Foxes Friday night at Fox Field.

"We played three-and-a-half quarters of great football and it was a competitive game and we were competitive up until the fourth quarter," said CPHS coach Joe Ryzman. "When you run a defense in which you stunt the offense, you either make a big play or give up the big play, and we gave up two big plays in the fourth quarter and it cost us scores.

The Eagles (3-5 overall, 1-3) were only down by 10 points at 22-12 at the start of the fourth quarter when Josh Roach and Axel Pelt scored touchdowns on consecutive drives for the Foxes to put the game out of reach.

Roach scored on a 5-yard run and Pelt had a 20-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Zak Bragg, one of four scoring passes thrown on the night by the senior. Roach was the team's leading rusher with 14 carries for 172 yards and one touchdown.

Bragg finished the night 17-of-31 for 221 yards passing. He was also picked off once by Ray Hayden.

The Eagles welcomed the return of Hayden to the starting lineup after a three-week suspension and the senior continued his strong play.

Hayden was the game's leading rusher with 31 carries for 239 yards and two touchdowns of 1 and 66 yards in the game. He now has 1,396 yards and 20 touchdowns on 145 carries on the season.

"He was excited about being back and he was hungry to get in there and run the ball," Ryzman said. "Ray ran the ball well and along with running the ball well comes an offensive line that blocks well.

"Our offensive line had an outstanding week in practice and they came out and executed the game plan and that opened holes for Ray and Noe Tellez and for Bryan Hicks."

Ryzman said Tellez played a great game for the Eagles and was on the receiving end of two Trent Vail passes for 61 yards and four yards rushing. Hicks had five carries for two yards for the Eagles.

Ryzman said with the new defensive scheme the Eagles showed against Caddo Mills, they played a very physical game and gave the Foxes a run in the first half as Caddo Mills held a 22-6 lead at the intermission.

"Our team played a very tough and physical ball game and from what I have seen from Caddo Mills they played the most physical team that they have seen all season in playing the Como-Pickton Eagles," Ryzman said.

"We put in a new defense this week and it was a defense in which we felt to have success against their offense we were going to stunt and we were going to stunt every play and bring our kids hard from every direction."

On numerous plays throughout the first half, the Eagles were in the Caddo Mills backfield but could not contain running back Robert Neyra or Bragg.

On one play in the first half C-P senior Cameron Crump sacked Bragg on a crushing hit for an eight yard loss as Bragg fumbled the ball but CMHS recovered to keep the drive alive.

Trent Vail scored his third rushing touchdown of the season for the Eagles in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard quarterback sneak for a 36-18 deficit. The senior finished the game with eight totes for 15 yards and one touchdown and had 69 yards passing on 4-of-9 completions.

Sophomore Desmond Brigham was the leading receiver for Caddo Mills with five catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns, while teammate Pelt had four receptions for 64 yards and one touchdown, Neyra had two receptions for 32 yards, Selin Turner had three catches for 30 yards, and Jeff Dudley had three catches for 14 yards and one touchdowns.

With their final home game next week against second place Lone Oak, Ryzman said the Eagles will give the same effort they gave against Caddo Mills (7-2 overall, 5-0 in district) on Parent Night.

"We are just going to take it one game at a time and we are going to prepare for Lone Oak, and we are going to get after Lone Oak just like we did Caddo Mills," Ryzman said. "We are going to go after this game as another opportunity to get a win in the win column."

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