Sunday, September 14, 2014

Week 3 - Clemens Buffaloes at Stevens Falcons

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On Thursday, I was at Gustafson stadium as the Stevens Falcons hosted the Clemens Buffaloes. Gustafson is one of my favorite stadiums...primarily because when they renovated the press-box, they kept the same vantage point (close to the field).  The press-box at Rutledge, Farris, Comalander, and Heroes are so high up you can touch the clouds.  Plus, at Gus, the windows in the press-box can be opened...man, I love hearing the sounds of the game and the fresh hot air feels good on my face.  

Last year, Clemens was 8 and 3 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Brennan Bears. Jeremy Collins, a junior running back, lead the Buffaloes in rushing yards with 614.   

Stevens was 5 and 5 last year and missed the playoffs.  Bobby Chacon, the junior quarterback, was 133 for 206 passing for 1,723 yards with 17 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.  Marquie Hinton, rushed for 1,000 yards last season as a senior.  But back-up junior running back, Tyrek Allen had 431 yards and 6 touchdowns.  

I have worked a lot of Clemens games since I began my stat man career in 1997 and they always play solid defense and they have the ability to run the ball down your throat.  This is actually what made them a powerhouse with head coach, Robert Lehnoff (he is now the Athletic Director for the school district and his name and his wife's name is on the on stadium...which I heard a press-box rumor that that it will be renovated next year and if that is the case, I want in!!).  With the opening of Steele, they kinda lost track of that tradition, but they are slowly gaining it back with head coach, Jarod Johnston.

One of those Clemens games I worked was at Clemens several years ago when they played the Kerrville Tivy Antlers. Johnny Manziel, was a sophomore wide receiver and I believe that the week before was his debut at quarterback.  Well, to make a long story short...the Antlers quarterback was having a bad game so they moved Johnny to quarterback and the quarterback to wide receiver. Johnny helped his team to a come from behind unbelievable victory!!!  And you know how the story ends for Manziel!!!

I remember working the Stevens and Judson playoff game in 2008 in Converse.  The press-box was still under construction so we broadcasted all the home games outside.  But, for this playoff game, we were allowed inside the press-box and thank god, cause that night was very very very windy!!   Well, to make another long story short, Stevens (in only there 3rd year of football) defeated Judson 14 to 12.  The wind played a huge factor in the game.

Let's all get in my TIME MACHINE and flash forward to Thursday night...

At halftime, Clemens led Stevens 3 to 0.  It would've been a scoreless tie, but Clemens nailed a field goal as 2nd quarter came to an end.  They out-gained Stevens in total yards 167 to 87.  Jeremy Collins had 81 yards for Clemens and Bobby Chacon had 78 yards for Stevens.  In the 2nd half, Clemens sophomore quarterback, Frank Harris, scored two rushing touchdowns to make the final score 17 to 0 in favor of the Clemens Buffaloes.  It was Clemens football at its best!!   

Stevens ran 43 plays for 152 yards.  Tyrek Allen, the running back, had 3 carries for just 10 yards. Bobby Chacon, the quarterback, was 16 of 26 passing for 108 yards with 1 interception.  They were 1 of 11 on 3rd down conversions with 10 punts...that is a not a good stat!!   

Clemens ran 58 plays for 281 yards.  Jeremy Collins, the running back, had 15 carries for 95 yards. The quarterback, Frank Harris, had 14 carries for 75 yards and 2 touchdowns...he is only a sophomore and I came away extremely impressed by his performance.  Another running back, Shannon Warren, had 9 carries for 45 yards.  

In only 3 weeks of football, I have already seen several sophomore quarterbacks...Reagan's Kellon Mond and Cade Bormet, Smithson Valley's Josh Adkins, and now Frank Harris from Clemens.  So far, they will all be on my players to watch not only this season, but next year and the year after.  

On Thursday, I will be at Boerne as the Antonian Apaches visit the Boerne Greyhounds.  The Greyhounds quarterback is Quinten Dormady and he has committed to play college ball at University of Tennessee.  I am really looking forward to this game and seeing Dormady.  

On Friday, I will be at Rutledge stadium as the Brennan Bears visit the Judson Rockets.  Man, this is going to be an awesome game and I can't wait!! Judson plays Clemens on September 26th at Lehnoff stadium.  


Here are pictures from Gus stadium:















Saturday, September 13, 2014

Week 3 - Pflugerville Hendrickson Hawks at Brandeis Broncos

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On Friday night, I was at Farris stadium as the Pflugerville Hendrickson Hawks played the Brandeis Broncos.  Throughout the game, it rained and we even had a 10 minute lightening delay in the 3rd quarter.  They didn't even do a quick warm-up when play resumed.  

You know it's raining when you see the umbrellas come out from the fans in the stands in unison!  You could also see the rain against the stadium lights!!    There were some die-hard fans who stayed till the bitter end.

The good thing about the rain is, it started just as I was exiting for the stadium and it was a freaking downpour!!!   Obviously, since it it was raining, I didn't hang any banners, but I did want to grab my IKEA umbrella which was buried deep in my trunk (I got a bunch of bulky COSTCO items in there). Somehow as I grabbed my umbrella, I cut my right hand (on what, I have no clue...I will blame the paper towels) and it was a bleeder!!!  I am OK (in case you're wondering).  When I got upstairs to the press-box, I tended to it with my car emergency medical kit!!!  Yeah, I have a car emergency medical kit (stop laughing).  I think it needs to be re-stocked!!  

Even though we are only in Week 3 of the football season, I have already seen both of the teams play and beat the same team, the Judson Rockets.

In Week 1, Hendrickson defeated Judson 37 to 34.  They ran 62 plays for 354 yards and I came away very impressed with them.  I even mentioned in my BLOG, that I wouldn't be surprised if they went undefeated again this year.

Brandeis defeated Judson in Week 2 by a score of 27 to 14.  Brandeis forced 7 turnovers on the Rockets and capitalized them into points.  Jaylen Dukes, a running back, had 15 carries for 106 yards and 1 touchdown.  The only bad thing that happened to Brandeis was there starting quarterback and another running back got injured in the game and didn't return (nor, did they play on Friday).

Coming into the game on Friday night, both teams had 2 wins and 0 losses.  I was totally expecting a very close game and folks, it was indeed close and extremely competitive.  Brandeis defeated Hendrickson by a score of 28 to 21.  Hendrickson had an opportunity to tie the game, but there HAIL MARY PASS was intercepted as time expired.

The Hendrickson Hawks ran 54 plays for 331 yards.  The quarterback combination of Carrington Kearney and Ian Starkey, were 14 of 24 passing for 186 yards with 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Kearney is more of a runner and Ian is more of a passer.  Dude, I would like to see them both in the game at the same time.  Running back, Tazh Maloy, had 11 carries for 58 yards and 1 touchdown. Kearney had 11 carries for 52 yards.  Isaiah Townes, a wide receiver, had 6 receptions for 110 yard and 1 touchdown.   Looking over there total stats, they had 10 penalties for 80 yards and were 1 of 9 on 3rd down conversions with 8 punts.  So, they won't have an undefeated season, but they could still go undefeated in District 13-6A.

Even though Brandeis won, they were out-gained in total yardage (331 to 250).  Jaylen Dukes, the running back, had 28 carries for 113 yards and 1 touchdown.  Derek Dennard, the quarterback, who replaced starter Paul Lozano last week, had 7 carries for 47 yards and 1 touchdown.   Dennard is a better runner than passer.  Peyton Hall, a wide receiver, was 1 for 1 passing with a 35 yard reverse pass for a touchdown to Cross Mitchell.

I am always impressed with Brandeis and I kinda have a feeling that they will play the Brennan Bears for the District 27-6A championship.  But please don't tell the O'Connor Panthers cause they will want to get in on the championship action!!!  

On Thursday, I will be at Boerne as the Antonian Apaches visit the Boerne Greyhounds.  The Greyhounds quarterback is Quinten Dormady and he has committed to play college ball at University of Tennessee.  I am really looking forward to this game!!

On Friday, I will be at Rutledge stadium as the Brennan Bears visit the Judson Rockets.  Man, this is going to be an awesome game and I can't wait!!  

Here are some pictures from Farris stadium: