C-P Eagles even district record with win

By JOSEPH ELERSON, News-Telegram Correspondent

Oct. 5, 2008 - GRAND SALINE -- Como-Pickton evened their District 16-2A record at 1-1 on the season with a 8-7 win over the Grand Saline Indians Friday night at Indian Field.

With the win, the Eagles are now 2-3 overall and will prepare for the Winnsboro Red Raiders next Friday night at Ron Heflin Field. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Friday night's game has a mix of penalties, fumbles and four-and-out drives for both teams as the Eagles had a total of 75 total yards compared to 176 for the Indians.

Both teams combined for 95 yards of penalties (10-75 for GSHS, 4-20 for CPHS) and 12 fumbles (two lost by GSHS, one by the Eagles) in the contest.

On the Eagles first five drives of the game, the offense had three four-and-out drives, one fumble lost and one interception but still held an 8-7 lead at the intermission.

Grand Saline, meanwhile, was able to get on the scoreboard in the second quarter as running back Michael Martin, who finished with 11 carries for 55 yards, scored on a 10-yard run down the right sideline for the 7-0 lead. Aaron Cruz booted the PAT good.

On the Eagles sixth drive of the first half following a Grand Saline (0-5, 0-2) lost fumble; junior running back Corey Gibson powered his way into the end zone on fourth-and-1 for a 7-6 deficit.

The Eagles then attempted a trick play on the two-point conversion and senior quarterback Austin Darby found wideout Phillip Cox for the 8-7 lead.

Grand Saline had a chance to take the lead back to open the fourth quarter, as the offense put together 10 straight running plays and had the ball at the Eagles 22-yard line. The CPHS defense was able to hold Grand Saline's offense, as they turned the ball over on downs with 6:20 remaining in the game.

Eagles running back Spencer Boyd put the nail in the Indians coffin with four minutes remaining in the game as he was on the receiving end of a Darby fourth down completion for 18-yards down to the Indians 47-yard line.

For the Eagles, Gibson led the way in rushing yards with 29 yards on 12 carries, while teammate Brandt Steele had 17 yards on seven carries. In the passing department, Darby went 4-for-5 for 36 yards and one interception. Boyd was the leading receiver with one catch for 18 yards.

In other District 13-2A games, Quitman picked up their first win of the season with a convincing 44-8 win over Alba-Golden, Caddo Mills was at Cooper and Winnsboro traveled to Lone Oak.

Caddo Mills thumped Cooper 40-7, while Lone Oak had a shootout with Winnsboro 55-40.

CPHS 8, GSHS 7

Score by Quarters

CPHS 0 8 0 0 --8

GSHS 0 7 0 0 --7

Scoring Summary

Second Quarter

GSHS--Michael Martin 10 run (Aaron Cruz kick good) 10:41

CPHS--Corey Gibson 1 run (Phillip Cox 2 from Austin Darby) 3:58

CPHS GSHS

First Downs 7 11

Rushes-Yards 38-39 38-150

Passing Yards 36 26

Comp-Att-Int. 4-5-1 2-8-0

Punts-Avg. 4-32.5 3-29.7

Fumbles-Lost 4-1 8-2

Penalties-Yards 4-20 10-75

Individual Stats

Rushing--CPHS: Corey Gibson 12-29-1, Brandt Steele 7-17, Austin Darby 14-(-4), James Carter 5-(-3). GSHS: Michael Martin 11-55-1, Taylor Phelps 17-35, Thomas Miller 2-33, Gregory Evans 4-15, Blake Strickland 1-7, Ryan Larpenteur 3-5.

Passing--CPHS: Austin Darby 4-5-36-1 INT. GSHS: Taylor Phelps 2-8-26.

Receiving--CPHS: Spencer Boyd 1-18, Corey Gibson 1-11, Phillip Cox 2-7. GSHS: Carl Whitaker 2-26.

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