Saturday, October 25, 2014

Week 9 - Holmes Huskies VS Marshall Rams

On Thursday, I was at Gustafson stadium as the Marshall Rams played the Holmes Huskies.  Coming into the game, the Rams had 2 wins and Holmes was winless.  Now, if I could jump in my TIME MACHINE and go back about 20 or 25 years ago, this match-up would've easily been the MARQUEE game of the week!!  We would have Priest Holmes (his son plays for the O'Connor Panthers and they lost to Brandeis last night...I will recap that game tomorrow on my BLOG). running the ball for the Rams and for Holmes, it wold be Robert Quiroga and Keith and Kerry Cash!!!  Man, that would'e be my stat man fantasy!!!

As you can tell by the records, this was a game where both teams had absolutely no way of making the playoffs.

Even though I was in Athletics in high school, I didn't play any sports (I was the manager for the Clark high school basketball team), so I had to ask myself and others who would listen to me vent about HOW DO PLAYERS PLAY A GAME WHEN THEY HAVE NOTHING TO PLAY FOR?

I concluded that they play for the love of the game.  For the Seniors, it is one final hurrah and for the underclassmen, it is a chance to prove yourselves to the coaching staff!!  Plus, it was a TV game and that will motivate everybody (heck, it motivates me to look good)!!!  

Well, folks, I thought this would be a close game but unfortunately, it was a blow-out in favor the Marshall Rams as they whipped the Huskies by a final score of 48 to 14.

The Holmes Huskies ran 56 plays for 270 yards.  The lone bright spot for them was sophomore running back, John Duhon, who had 7 carries for 65 yards and both Holmes's touchdowns.  They just don't have any explosive players who can score from any where on the field.   I wrote on my stat-board the word...GROWING PAINS (and, I don't mean the TV show).

The Marshall Rams ran 44 plays for 463 yards.  Dude, they didn't look like a team with only 2 wins!! Colby Roberts, the quarterback, was a perfect 8 of 8 passing for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns. Antonio Anderson, had 4 receptions for 80 yards and both receiving touchdowns.

Tre Scallion, the Rams running back, had 22 carries for 243 yards and 4 touchdowns.  He was very close to the Thursday Night Lights rushing record of 265 yards!!!  As a sophomore, Tre had 190 carries for 1,156 yards and 7 touchdowns (204 of those yards came against the Steele Knights in a playoff game that I worked).  Tre missed all of last with an injury.  And, this year, he finished with 190 carries for 1,123 yards and 11 touchdowns.  I am not sure what is college plans are, but I want to say thanks and best of luck!!!  

Since, I have worked a lot of 27-6A games this year, let me show you the standings as of today:

27-6A Zone A
Brennan (8-0, 3-0)
Stevens (6-2, 3-0)
Taft (3-5, 1-2)
Warren (3-5, 1-2)
Jay  (2-6, 0-4)

27-6A Zone B
Brandeis (8-0, 3-0)
O'Connor (5-2, 2-1)
Clark (4-4, 2-1)
Marshall (3-6, 1-3)
Homes (0-8, 0-3)

Brandeis and O'Connor played last night and I will have a BLOG for that game published tomorrow.

On November 6th, the first place teams from each zone will play for the District Championship. Right now, it looks like it will be 2 undefeated teams...Brennan and Brandeis!!!  Both teams will make the playoffs.  The second place teams from each zones will play the third place teams from each zone on November 7th and the winners will make the playoffs.  And, with nothing on the line, the fourth place teams from each zone will play each other and the fifth place teams from each zone will play each other.  Confused yet...I am!!!  

Next Thursday. I will be at Gustafson stadium again as the Warren Warriors play the Taft Raiders.

And, Friday, I may get to see Brennan and Stevens!!

Here are some pictures from Thursday night:

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Week 8 - Stevens Falcons vs Taft Raiders

My Thursday and Friday games had some incredible individual stats.  Antonio Lopez, the Brackenridge Eagle quarterback, was 16 of 27 passing for 299 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.  Receiver, Lee Terrell, had 6 receptions for 174 yards.  Terrell is now number 1 and Lopez is still number 2 (about 300 yards behind Kyle Fuller, the Lee quarterback) in their respective categories in the area.  Daniel Rosenfeld, the Antonian Apache running back, had 37 carries for 368 yards and 6 touchdowns.  Daniel is now the leading rusher in the area.  

Last night, I was at Gustafson stadium as the Stevens Falcons played the Taft Raiders and I got to see 2 more players who have put up huge numbers...Stevens quarterback, Bobby Chacon and Taft running back, Christian Mallard.  Coming into the game, Chacon had 1,700 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and 7 interceptions and Mallard had 1,102 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns.

I saw Chacon play in Week 3 and he struggled against the Clemens Buffaloes defense (don't worry, a lot of teams struggle when they play Clemens)...16 of 26 passing for 108 yards and 1 interception. This would be my first time seeing Mallard.  

The final score was Stevens 28 and Taft 14.  Stevens has 5 wins and 2 losses and is 2 and 0 in District 27-6A Zone A.  Man, they play Brennan on Halloween and the winner (which probably will be Brennan but I won't count out Stevens ) will play either Brandeis or O'Connor for the District 27-6A championship.  

The Taft Raiders ran 60 plays for 243 yards.  Christian Mallard had 23 carries for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns. KJ Stephens, a back-up running back, had 7 carries for 34 yards and 3 receptions for 28 yards.  

The Stevens Falcons ran 55 plays for 399 yards.  Quarterback, Bobby Chacon, was magnificent as he was 26 of 36 passing for 336 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.  Oh, he also had 11 carries for 32 yards and 1 touchdown.  Xavier Ortiz, one of the 5 receivers he threw to, had 7 receptions for 143 yards and 1 touchdown and Tyrek Allen had 7 receptions for 75 yards.  Almost every time Chacon threw the ball, he had time to Tweet!!  

Stevens doesn't have a running game and that could hurt them in the playoffs.  Their leading running back is Tyrek Allen, but he recently moved to wide receiver.  

What a great Week 8 of football for me...I worked 3 games and 6 players (Antonio Lopez, Lee Terrell, Mike Ramirez, Daniel Rosenfeld, Bobby Chacon, and Christian Mallard put up a total of 1,568 yards!!  WOW!!!  Damn, I got a great gig!!!!!

Dude, can I choose all of those players for my Week 8 Player of the Week?  The answer is YES because it is my BLOG and I can do whatever I want. 

Next Thursday, I will be at Gustafson stadium again as the Marshall Rams play the Holmes Huskies. I don't think either of these teams have a chance of making the playoffs.  

On Friday, I will easily have the best game (Steele and Judson is a very close 2nd) as the Brandeis Broncos play the O'Connor Panthers.  Check out my BLOG from last year when they was by far the most exciting finish I have seen in a High School football game.

Here are some pictures from the game: