HALLSVILLE – Cold rain, and brisk winds were the Co-MVP’s at Bobcat Stadium on Friday night, as weather chased away the team bands and all the pre-game ‘hoop-la’ making it a strange, pre-Halloween setting.
The scarce crowd and no music made for a quiet, and quick Bobcat homecoming as Jacksonville foiled Hallsville’s festivities with a 28-15 win in a District 9-5A-II match up.
Big plays behind a great night for the offensive line, and some huge defensive hits for the Tribe gave the Indians its first league win.
Colorado signee Chris Carpenter was huge night in the first district win for the Tribe. The senior made seven catches for 97-yards, and two touchdown catches, also adding a key punt that came in a clutch situation late in the fourth quarter.
Junior quarterback, Patrick Clater threw well in the duck-like weather with 156-yards and three TD’s in the opening half alone, staking a 21-6, halftime cushion. Clater ended the game going 15-of-22, for 198-yards and three opening half tallies.
Clater added 43-yards rushing on 10 tries, and sealed the win with a 34-yard scoring jaunt to ice the game with the lone final period points.
The Tribe was off to a great start after a great kickoff return by Kasey Canady set up the offense at the Hallsville 43 yard-line.
Five plays, and taking almost five-minutes off the clock, junior quarterback, Patrick Clater got the scoring rolling with his arm, finding Tyress Gipson 9-yard scoring toss. Alejandro Pina-Sanchez was true on his first of four, point-after-touchdown kicks and 7-0 advantage.
The hosts came back behind a few big plays from sophomore quarterback, Carter Rogas
Rogas made a key 56-yard run that took the Bobcats down to the Jacksonville 9-yard line.
Two plays later, Rogas plowed in for the final four-yards, and a Hallsville score. The PAT kick snap was muffed, and a flailing pass fell incomplete for a 7-6 scoreboard.
Mother Nature continued her wrath in the driving rain and it took its toll on a Bobcats special teams play.
The fourth Bobcat penalty forced a punt re-kick that proved to be big in field position after a bad snap gave the Tribe the ball at the Hallsville 24-yard line.
Clater took to the wet conditions like a duck takes to water, finding Carpenter on an 18-yard completion to the Bobcat, 6-yard line. Three plays later, Carpenter hailed in the 3-yard scoring pass from Clater, the Pina-Sanchez PAT made it 14-6, and with 10:11 on the second quarter clock the quiet home crowd got ever quieter.
The Tribe defense made a huge three-and out stand, on the next Bobcat possession behind the first big ‘slobber-knocker’ from linebacker Bryson Tatum, forcing a Bobcat punt.
Jacksonville however lost the ball on a fumble on the fourth play of the ensuing drive, setting up the Hallsville offense in good position.
Again, the Tribe defense was up to the task behind a sack from junior Carson Cleaver on third down. Facing fourth down, and 4-yards needed for extra downs, the Bobcats efforts were thwarted as Tribe safety, Steven Gallegos ‘dialed-in’ and ‘rung-up’ the Bobcat running back for a loss, and turnover on downs.
Clater went back to the air, and hit on four straight passes in what would be a five play scoring drive. Carpenter finished up the rally hauling in a Clater ofting at the 20-yard line and sprinted for a 34-yard score, and 21-6, halftime score.
The Tribe continued to play well in the second half.
Another Indian defensive stand force a fourth-down, quick-kick punt from the QB, Rogas as the sphere rolled to the down to the Jacksonville 1-yard line.
The Indians run up the middle on the first play was greeted by three Bobcat defenders, led by Blake Ware for a safety, and a 21-8 count early on the third quarter clock.
After the ensuing Indians kick off, the defense once again was led by two Tatum teeth-jarring tackles for a loss, and another big stop when it counted.
Tatum, Clever, and Sergio Moreyra made the first huge stop on a key third down, before Tatum shoe-string tackled the Bobcat QB, Rogas for a fourth down, and five stop and turnover on downs.
Another muff after the Indians had transfer difficulties with a bad punt snap, setting up the final Bobcat points of the night.
After eight plays the Bobcats would narrow the scoring margin, capping off the drive as Rogas ran in from 16-yards out. Buck Buchanan was good with the PAT kick to make it a 21-15, contest with 13-seconds before the final stanza was to begin.
Jacksonville’s first, fourth quarter possession was an eight play effort that stalled out at the Bobcat 45-yard line. The Indians chose to punt, and Carpenter came up with his best boot of the year, nailing the boot and rolling to the Bobcat 5-yard line.
Another strong defensive stand from the Indians forced a Hallsville punt after three plays, setting up the final points of the game for Clater, and the 28-15, final score with 2:13 left in the contest.
Hallsville’s hopeful answering drive resulted in the final nails in the coffin, driven in by the Tribe defense as Gipson made an interception, allowing the offense to run out the clock.
Rogas finished the game with 70-yards on eight carries, and a two rushing TD’s, and added 4-of-9 passing and only 17-yards through the air, and the one interception.
Jacksonville (2-6; 1-4), won the battle of total yards (336-216), first downs (17-11), and scoreboard, and will entertain Mt. Pleasant next Friday night, and then Lindale (Nov. 8), at the Historic Tomato Bowl. Hallsville (2-6; 0-5), will look for a first league win next week as they travel to play in Nacogdoches.
District 9-5A, DII Football
At Bobcat Stadium, Hallsville, TX.
Jacksonville 28, Hallsville 15
Jacksonville 7 14 0 7 - 28
Hallsville 6 0 9 0 - 15
J: Tyress Gipson 9 pass from Patrick Clater, (Alejandro Pina-Sanchez PAT kick good), 6:59
H: Carter Rogas 4 run, (PAT bad snap), 5:06
J: Chris Carpenter 4 pass from Clater, Pina-Sanchez PAT kick good), 10:11
J: Carpenter 34 pass from Clater, (Pina-Sanchez PAT kick good), 2:01
H: Blake Ware tackled Aaron Richardson in end zone, 10:53
H: Rogas 16 run, (Buck Buchanon PAT kick good), :13
J: Clater 34 run, (Pina-Sanchez PAT kick good), 2:13