Boles uses size, strength to pull away from Como-Pickton

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 30, 2007 - COMO - The Como-Pickton Eagles suffered their most lopsided loss of the season Friday night in a 58-17 defeat to the Quinlan Boles Hornets during homecoming at Kevin Kiper Memorial Stadium.

With the loss, the Eagles fall to 2-2 on the season and will return home Friday night against the Blue Ridge Tigers in their final non-district contest of the year. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Ron Heflin Field.

CPHS held a 17-6 lead early in the first half, but was held scoreless the remainder of the game as Boles scored 52 unanswered points.

"They had some big strong kids and they are good on offense like I told you Monday," said first-year coach Paul Tullis. "I think they just beat us down and wore us down and took care of us in the second half."

On the opening drive of the game, the Eagles went 61 yards in seven plays as Noe Tellez found Everado Morales wide open in the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown. Tellez booted one of his two PATs good for a 7-0 lead.

The Eagles' defense then stopped Boles' first drive of the game with a turnover on downs and went on a 13-play, 63-yard drive as Tellez nailed a 33-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead after the first quarter of play.

Hornets (4-0) junior running back Joe Gilliard scored his first of four touchdowns - all in the second quarter - on a 75-yard misdirection play with 10:47 remaining in the first half. Gilliard also scored on runs of 55, 2 and 3 yards in the quarter.

The Eagles added to their lead on their next drive as Tellez found Phillip Cox in double coverage following a Boles timeout on fourth-and-9 from the Boles 31-yard line.

After their first touchdown of one play, Gilliard capped off the Hornets' next touchdown drive on a two-play, 61-yard drive down the Boles sideline. Following a fumble by the Eagles, Gilliard scored his third touchdown on a four-play drive for their first lead of the game at 18-17 with 4:06 remaining.

"I would have liked to have held it longer than we did in the first half and I wish they could have ran more plays," Tullis said. "They were scoring on one and two plays drives and you can not do that during a game and expect to win."

The Hornets would capitalize on another Como-Pickton turnover to end the first half. After an interception of Noe Tellez, Gilliard scored his final touchdown of the game with a 3-yard sweep for the 24-17 lead at the break.

Tullis said during the intermission, the team was upbeat and the players knew they were still in the game.

"We have been there all season long and we had a plan and we went out there and just couldn't do what we needed to do to get a win," he said.

In the second half, Boles came out of the locker room and scored on its first three possessions as Justin Overly went 17 yards to paydirt on the opening drive of the half. He later scored on a 65-yard scamper with 1:32 remaining in the third quarter.

Following back-to-back fumbles by Como-Pickton, Robert Liebel and Kailob Wallace scored on runs of 5 and 41 yards, respectively, to give Boles a 45-17 lead with 5:07 remaining.

The Eagles put together a 13-play, 64-yard drive that ended on the Boles 21-yard line as Tellez was picked off by Gilliard. Six plays later, Daniel Sanchez scored the final touchdown of the night for the 58-17 finale.

The Hornets' offense had 430 yards rushing on 33 carries with a 13.0 yards-per-carry average as Gilliard led the way with 16 carries for 195 yards and four touchdowns. Overly had five carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

The Eagles were led by James Carter, who finished with 29 carries for 115 yards. Tellez went 6-of-13 passing for 132 yards and two interceptions as Cox had two receptions for 67 yards and one touchdown. Five different receivers had catches in the game for the Eagles.

Note: CP sophomore running back Brandt Steele suffered a dislocated shoulder during the game and was taken to a Greenville hospital in the third quarter. His status was unknown as of presstime. ... In other action around the district, Alba-Golden picked up its second win of the season with a 34-13 victory over Cross Roads, Lone Oak defeated Grand Saline 30-14, Hawkins won its first game of the year with a 24-14 victory over Union Hill. Quitman defeated Sabine 47-14, and Winnsboro beat Spring Hill 35-21.

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