Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Friday Night Football: Central vs Laredo Alexander

The day after covering the Lake View Chiefs defeat Llano, I covered Central High School taking on Laredo Alexander at San Angelo Stadium for our regular Friday night football coverage. Central has been doing really well this year and they have been a very exciting team to cover. They have a high-octane offense and a defense that can contend with just about anything. Friday's game against Alexander just so happened to be homecoming so putting on a show for the massive crowd in attendance was extremely important. Though, from the look of how the game was progressing just a few minutes in, Central had this game in the bag.

Clearly, Alexander was outmatched right from the beginning. Here's a brief recap of what happened offensively for both teams in the first half of the game:

1st Quarter
Central - 3-yard pass from Brennen Wooten to Aaron Wooten, 2-point conversion by Mike Brown, 9:00 remaining
Central - 11-yard run by Khalil Antoine, point after by Marc Cabrera, 6:04 remaining
Central - 18-yard pass from Brennen Wooten to Mike Brown, point after by Marc Cabrera, 0:05 remaining

2nd Quarter
Central - safety by Austin Garcia, 11:08 remaining
Central - 23-yard run by Brennen Wooten, point after by Marc Cabrera, 10:47 remaining
Central - 5-yard fumble recovery by Cedrick Smith, point after by Marc Cabrera, 9:28 remaining
Central - 5-yard run by Brennen Wooten, point after failed, 2:20 reamaining
Central - 27-yard pass from Brennen Wooten to Manny Villanueva, point after by Marc Cabrera, 0:48 remaining

Did you notice Alexander anywhere in that scoring summery? Me neither. Alexander had not allowed more than 25 points in any game all season leading up to playing Central and they gave up more than double that in just the first half alone. And it wasn't just the Bobcat offense that was putting on a show, but the defense as well. Led by defensive end Dylan Parsee who had two strip sacks in the first half, the Bobcats' defense held Alexander to three 3-and-outs in the first quarter and as Alexander snapped the ball for it's fifth punt of the night, the ball sailed over the punter's head and was scooped up by Central's Austin Garcia and run in for a score. At the half, Central boasted a 51-0 lead over Alexander.

The second half wasn't much better for Alexander as the Central machine kept rolling. Because of their lead, some of the Central starters came out of the game early. After it was all said and done Central came away with a 72-14 homecoming win. Central finished with 557 total yards of offense and improved to 5-0 to finish out their nondistrict schedule. The Bobcats will have an off-week this week before opening District 3-6A play against Abilene High at Shotwell Stadium on Oct. 9.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Friday (more like Thursday) Night Football: Lake View vs. Llano

So last Thursday the Lake View Chiefs had a rare Thursday night game against Llano at San Angelo Stadium. Thursday games are nice in the fact that we aren't rushing to get photos back to the office in time for the Blitz section. There are a lot less moving parts and staff requirements so we can treat it just like any other night there's a late game. I guess I really didn't need to cover this game myself because I've already delegated another photographer, Adam Sauceda, to covering Lake View for the season, but I didn't have anything else to do that evening so I decided to tag along and make a few extra photos for the archive. That, and I just really like shooting football games.

To be honest, I haven't covered many Lake View games the past few seasons so I was excited to see how the Chiefs were doing this season. They have a new quarterback this year, Henry Nickias, who is only a sophomore so he has plenty of time to mature under center. With a little more than five minutes remaining in the first quarter, Nickias ran the ball 24 yards to the Llano 25-yardline. Four plays later running back Donald Bowman punched the ball in for the first touchdown of the game putting the Chiefs up 7-0. But Llano answered back with an 11-play drive in the second quarter to tie the game 7-7 heading into the half.

After the break, Henry Nickias took over the game running the all into the end zone three more times from 55, 8 and 30 yards respectively. Nickias finished the game with 197 rushing yards on 24 carries. The Lake View defense held Llano to a total of 132 yards to aid in the 28-14 win at home. Lake View is now 2-3 for the season with a tough opponent in Lubbock Estacado this week which will conclude their non-district schedule.

Monday, September 28, 2015

2015 Friday Night Foorball: Central vs. Frenship

Wow, football season is moving along so quickly that I hardly have time to blog about the games I'm covering. I almost want the season to slow down a bit just so I can enjoy it a little more. This is without a doubt my favorite time of year. There's nothing better than football and fall weather.

Last week I headed north to my old stomping grounds in the Texas Panhandle to cover Central High School taking on Frenship. I was very excited about covering this game for a few reasons: 1. The game was expected to be a good one as Central was going to be taking on a run-based team for the first time this year and, 2. I was going to get to spend some time with family for the second time this month.

By all accounts, or at least from what Central saw on the scouting film, Frenship was supposed to be a run-first team. But as the first quarter progressed, that turned out to be not the case. Frenship was able to move the ball down the field on short passes and found themselves in the end zone late in the first quarter making the score 7-0. Central struggled on their first two drives of the quarter but found momentum on a 75-yard, six-play drive when quarterback Brennen Wooten found Cal Vincent in the back of the end zone. The point after went wide and the Bobcats found themselves down 7-6 at the end of the quarter.

Late in the second quarter, Brennen Wooten found the end zone again running the ball in from 30 yards out giving the Bobcats a 14-10 lead at halftime. Central continued their ground attack with Mike Brown running the ball in for a TD from 21 yards out with a little more three minutes remaining in the third quarter. Central now boasted a 21-10 lead. Frenship made quick work with the ball on their next possession connecting on a 69-yard pass and score. Their point-after attempt went wide leaving the score 21-16 in Central's favor.

Central had the ball on their own 21-yard line and were lining up on the ball for a fourth-and-one attempt when the horn ending the third quarter sounded. Little did anyone know that that horn would ultimately signal the end of the game as a small thunderstorm rolled into the area halting the game with lightning. I had been watching the weather radar all game and saw a cold front was on it's way bringing cooler temperatures and spotty rain showers. It looked like the rain was going to stay to the east and west of us, but as the front moved closer the storm cell exploded right on top of us bringing heavy rain and consistent lightning. After about 45 minutes Frenship decided to call the game giving Central the 21-16 win.

It was a weird ending to a game that could have gone either way if it had been allowed to play out. But, a win is a win, and Central now boasted a 4-0 record.