SAUNDERS: Sensational semifinals on deck for six-man football
Six-man insider Leman Saunders offers his takeaways from the weekend's six-man football action across Texas.
Each week, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football six-man insider Leman Saunders offers his thoughts on the six-man weekend that was.
-In the biggest upset of the week, Tioga edged out Union Hill in a low scoring affair 44-40. After being tied at 8 all at the end of the first quarter Tioga went up on Union Hill and held a 32-8 halftime lead. Union Hill fought back in the second half narrowing Tioga’s lead to eight in the 3rd quarter. In the fourth Tioga extended their lead to 16 only to have Union Hill behind Gabe Nelson tie the game at 40 with less than three minutes left in the game. Tioga then moved down field and with seconds remaining Javier Rivera kick a 32 yard, 4-point, field goal to take a 44-40 lead with 2 seconds left to play. Union Hill tried some razzle dazzle and nearly pulled off a miracle on the ensuing kickoff, but it was not meant to be and Tioga advanced on to face Jonesboro in the DI East semi-finals.
-The Jonesboro Eagles battled back and survived a late surge by the May Tigers to advance to the semi-finals 57-50. May lead 20-0 out of the gate and led 26-6 with less than two minutes left in the first half. Jonesboro scored a quick touchdown and then on a pouch kick into unmanned territory on the ensuing kickoff and the Eagles recovered and scored on the next play. Those two touchdowns in seven seconds of game time brought the score to 26-20 May leading at the half. Jonesboro tied it up at 26 early in the third quarter and took their first lead late in the quarter 33-26 only for May to regain it 34-33 shortly thereafter. The Eagles went up 49-33 and then 57-42 with two minutes left in the game. The Tigers scored on a long touchdown pass from Wyatt Mote, who threw for 455 yards and 6 TDs on the night, to Gage Keckler as May trailed 57-50 with 58 seconds left in the contest. A Tigers onside kick failed and Jonesboro kneeled it out for a remarkable 57-50 victory.
-Borden County almost played a full game as Garden City gave them everything they had. The game ended via the mercy rule with less than a minute on the clock in the fourth quarter 74-24, but that score is deceiving as it was a much closer and competitive game than the score board showed. The Coyotes led by only 12 points, 28-16, in a low scoring first half as the Bearkats veer offense ate up yardage and a lot of the clock. The third quarter proved the difference as BC made some half time adjustments and shut GC out in the quarter taking a 52-16 lead into the final quarter. Garden City managed another touchdown in the fourth, but the Coyotes offense behind running back Nick Proulx pounded out 22 more points in route to the mercy rule victory.
-The same can be said about Happy’s 86-40 mercy rule win over McLean. McLean fought back in the second quarter and narrowed the Happy lead to just 14 points, but the Cowboy’s scored right before halftime and after two Colton McCarley rushing touchdowns early in the second half the Cowboy’s had s comfortable 70-32 lead. The Tigers managed one more touchdown, but McCarely responded with two more rushing and two more PAT kicks to end the game late in the 3rd quarter. McCarley finished the night with 278 yards and seven TDs rushing and 10/11 on pat kicks for 62 total points scored.
-In similar fashion Iredell gave Milford a good scare in their quarter-final matchup with Milford pulling things together to eventually win 74-38. Iredell led 22-20 at the end of the first quarter, but Milford proceeded to score 24 unanswered point in the second and outscore the Dragons 30-16 in the second half to advance on to face Strawn in the DII east semi-finals.
-The Valley Patriots racked up the points in their 94-48 mercy rule win over Follett to set up a rematch of last year’s semi-final game with Balmorhea. Patriot’s running back Dax Allen finished the night with 311 yards and 6 touchdowns rushing on just 14 carries.
-Balmorhea and Strawn both had no trouble in their games ending their contests early. Balmorhea defeating Sands 46-0 at halftime and Strawn defeating Aspermont 54-6 early in the 3rd quarter.