Quitman downs Como-Pickton
By JOSEPH ELERSON, News-Telegram Correspondent
Oct. 26, 2008 - QUITMAN — Following their toughest stretch of games against the Winnsboro Red Raiders and the Caddo Mills Foxes the past two weeks, the Como-Pickton Eagles came into Bud Moody Stadium looking to get back on the winning track.
But for the Quitman Bulldogs outscored CPHS, 21-7, in the second half to take a 34-14 victory Friday night in district action.
With the loss, the Eagles are now 2-6 on the season and 1-4 in District 13-2A play with two games remaining in the regular season. The Eagles host Lone Oak next week for Senior Night at Ron Heflin Field and then end the season at Alba-Golden Nov. 7.
On Friday, Como-Pickton was unable to contain Quitman sophomore running back Devontae McNeal, who rushed for 116 yards on 13 carries and scored four-of-the-five touchdowns for the Bulldogs.
After a scoreless first quarter between the two teams, Quitman struck first as on fourth-and-goal from the Eagles three-yard line, senior tight end Kirby Hayes powered his way in for the score and the 6-0 lead. The Bulldogs were unable to convert the PAT with 11:54 remaining in the first half.
Keith Anderson then gave CPHS the lead with 4:19 remaining as back-up quarterback Jeff Hendricks found him on an eight-yard completion for the 7-6 lead. Miguel Mejia booted the PAT good.
During the drive, the Eagles ran the ball on 13-of-their-14 plays as four different players touched the ball during the drive.
After a failed fourth-down attempt by Como-Pickton on their final drive of the first half gave Quitman the ball on their 35-yard line, McNeal capped off a two-play, 35 yard drive with an athletic catch in the end zone with one second remaining to give QHS a 14-7 lead heading into intermission. Pedro Martinez ran in the two-point conversion for the Bulldogs.
In the second half, McNeal continued his scoring with a 10-yard touchdown scamper as Quitman held a 21-7 lead but the Eagles would cut the lead to seven with time running down in the third quarter.
On first-and-10 from their 18-yard line, junior tailback James Carter blasted his way into the end zone for the 21-14 deficit. Mejia nailed his second PAT good with 17 seconds remaining.
In the fourth quarter, McNeal scored 14 unanswered points for the Bulldogs on runs of 20 and 50 yards to put the game out of reach.
On the night, Carter led CPHS with six carries for 41 yards and one touchdown, while Hendrix also had six carries for 41 yards. Austin Darby was the leading passer for the Eagles as he went 5-of-14 for 69 yards.
Quitman 34, CPHS 14
Score by Quarters
Quitman 0 14 7 13 —34
CPHS 0 7 7 0 —14
QHS — Kirby Hayes 3 run (kick blocked) 11:54
CPHS — Keith Anderson 8 from Jeff Hendricks (Miguel Mejia kick good) 4:19
QHS —Devontae McNeal 35 from Danny Thigpen (Pedro Martinez run good) :01
QHS — McNeal 10 run (Ramirez kick good) 4:54
CPHS — James Carter 18 run (Mejia kick good) :17
QHS — McNeal 20 run (kick good) 11:16
QHS — McNeal 50 run (kick blocked) 1:49
First Downs 12 15
Rushing-Yards 30-212 45-160
Passing Yards 58 78
Comp.-Att.-Int. 3-8-0 6-16-0
Fumbles/Lost 2-0 4-0
Punts-Average 3/32.7 2/14.5
Penalties-Yards 6-39 7-60
Rushing — CP: James Carter 6-41-1, Jeff Hendricks 6-41, Angel Mercado 8-23, Austin Darby 14-19, Brandt Steele 2-2, Tanner Brumley 1-2, Spencer Boyd 2-(-1). Quitman: Devontae McNeal 13-116-3, Taylor Shelman 7-71, Kirby Hayes 3-17, Danny Thigpen 5-6, Pedro Martinez 1-2, Jade Bates 1-0.
Passing — CP: Austin Darby 5-14-69, Jeff Hendricks 1-1-8, James Carter 0-1. Quitman: Danny Thigpen 3-8-58.
Receiving — CP: Phillip Cox 2-35, Corey Gibson 1-16, James Carter 1-9, Hunter Cooksey 1-9, Keith Anderson 1-8-1. Quitman: Devontae McNeal 1-35, Kirby Hayes 1-14, Taylor Shelman 1-9.