|Como-Pickton loses first game of year to Rivercrest, 32-0|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Sept. 2, 2006 - COMO - The Como-Pickton Eagles opened up the season on a sour note Friday night in their home opener at Ron Heflin Field against the Rivercrest Rebels.
The Rebels jumped out to a 19-0 halftime lead and won in convincing fashion over Como-Pickton 32-0 to give the Eagles their first loss of the season.
Coach Joe Ryzman's team will travel to Celeste next Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The Blue Devils lost to Honey Grove 42-6, so both teams will be looking for their first win of the season.
The Eagles offense accounted for only 85 total yards, three interceptions and had three drives cross into Rivercrest territory throughout the game.
The Eagles defense allowed 346 yards of offense and Rebels quarterback Destry Nolen averaged 20.2 yards per completion on 6-of-12 passing with two interceptions and two touchdowns.
On their final drive of the game, C-P drove the ball to the Rivercrest 5-yard line but could not punch it in as Austin Darby was sacked for a loss of 10 yards and then Noe Tellez was sacked for a loss of 4 yards on fourth down and 18.
After the Eagles' final drive ended on downs, Rivercrest scored the final points of the game on an 82-yard scamper by Laramie Lum down the right sideline. Sanders missed the extra point with 2:30 remaining for the 32-0 finale.
Rivercrest opened up the scoring with a 36-yard touchdown run by Robert Rhodes - who finished with 21 carries for 109 yards and one touchdown - for the early 6-0 lead. Cole Birchfield missed the PAT with 8:09 remaining in the first quarter.
The Rebels extended their lead to 13-0 in the first quarter as Nolen connected with Derek Gallander on a 15 yard completion and Dwayne Sanders nailed the PAT good with 5:59 remaining.
With Como-Pickton on its own 19 yard line and facing third-and-5, Tellez attempted a pass to Phillip Cox, but the pass was intercepted by Nolen and returned 29 yards for a touchdown. The Rebels went for the two-point conversion but failed for a 19-0 lead.
In the second half, the Rebels continued their strong play and on fourth-and-12 from the Eagles' 33-yard line, Chad Proctor was on the receiving end of a Nolen pass for a 26-0 lead. Sanders booted the PAT good.
Later in the quarter, the two teams traded turnovers on three straight plays as Rivercrest was driving toward the end zone. Rhodes fumbled the ball on the Eagles' 9-yard line as Tellez recovered the fumble and scampered 41 yards to the 50-yard line.
On the next play, Tellez threw an interception - his third of the game - to Rhodes, but then on the next play Nolen threw an interception on an intended pass to Sanders as Alex Williams picked off the pass.
Alex Mowat was the leading rusher for the Eagles with 17 carries for 45 yards, while teammate Williams had eight carries for 43 yards and James Carter had eight carries for 38 yards. Mowat also had one catch for five yards.
In other non-district scores, the Alba-Golden Panthers snapped a 40-game losing streak with a 7-6 win over the Cumby Trojans, the Van Vandals shut out Grand Saline 41-0, Harleton defeated Hawkins 40-20, Quitman thumped Cooper 33-0, and Winnsboro blanked White Oak 37-0.