New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 22, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, November 22, 2003SCOREBOARD MiLoading tho CougarsQuarterback James Green hopes to lead Canyon to the state quarterfinals.
Photo submitted by Paul Werchan
The Werchan sisters, Emma, Hannah and Lydia, all won district championships with their respective volleyball teams. Emma was a setter for the Smithson Valley freshman A team that went 9-1, Hannah was an outside hitter and middle blocker for the Smithson Valley varsity team that went 9-1 and Lydia was an outside hitter and setter for the Spring Branch Middle School 7th grade A team that went 8-0 and also won the postseason championship. The three sisters are now point guards for their respective basketball teams.
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Defense came up big in fourth
the ensuing drive. Defensive end Robert Skeen sacked Robinson for a 6-yard loss, knocking the Sam I louston quarterback out of the game. The Cougars seemed to have stopped the I lurricanes, but on fourth down, Sam Houston pulled off a fake punt to garner a first down.
Canyon’s defense stiffened again forced another fourth down. On fourth and 3 from the Canyon 8-yard line, defensive end Kyle Langhorst powered around the corner and sacked Daniel for a 5-yard loss to give the Cougars the ball.
The offense punted without getting a first down, but the Cougars defense had its confidence back. The Cougars stopped Sam I louston on four plays, and Green and the offense took advantage of the opportunity.
With Green leading the way, the Cougars marched down the field, picking up three first downs, including one on a 30-yard run by Molinet on third down.
l acing third down at the Sam I louston 6, the Cougars went to the air. Green found Molinet at the 2-yard line and the Canyon junior muscled his way into the end zone for a touchdown and a 28-21 lead.
“We tried that play earlier in die game, and they stuff ed it,” Green said. “My line gave me time and Jeremy ran a good rout and made the catch."
With the lead, the pressure went back to the Canyon defense. Sam I louston took the kickoff, and drove down the field, moving to the Canyon 15-yard line.
But on second down,
I daniel dropped back to pass and Odell slipped back in coverage. Daniel fired a pass into the middle of the field, and Odell reached up and made the interception.
Coach Brad Wright said the interception was the biggest defensive play of the season for Cougars.
“The best part was it just stuck in his hands,” Wright said. “It didn’t bounce around at all.’’
liven then the game was not secure. Canyon had to get a first down to run out the clock, and lifter two plays had lost four yards. So Green called his own number one last time, broke around the end of the line, spun around one tackler and dove for the chains. When the officials brought the chains out, the Cougars had a first down by inches, securing the win.
Even after his best game at Canyon, Green said he only took advantage of weaknesses the coaching staff noticed on film.
“They blitz around the corner, and they leave the middle wide open,” he said. “We
have good coaches who saw that it's their weakness, and we took advantage of it.” Wright credited his defense for pulling together and making stops when the Cougars needed them.
“They did some great things on offense,” he said. “We had trouble containing them for a long time. But the last two or three times, they stepped it up.”
Molinet added 43 yards and two scores for the Cougars and also caught three passes for 26 yards. Springfield finished with 14 yards rushing.
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Tivy took a 10-0 lead at the half.
minute to go before intermission.
Rippy guided the Antlers down to the 15, where he gained 7 on the next play before losing the ball. The Unicorns recovered, but the officials ruled Rippy down by contact and Tivy kept possession. The call led to a chorus of jeers from the New Braunfels side. TWo plays later, the Antlers tacked on a field goal to take a 10-0 lead into intermission.
“Though there were some calls that I didn’t agree with, the officiating didn’t make that much of a difference in deciding the game,” Rhoades said. “Some calls go your way, and some don’t.”
The Unicorns started the second half with Thayer’s 72-yard kickoff return to the Tivy 18.
Once again the Antlers made the defensive stand and forced a TYint Rust field goal attempt, which fell short and gave Tivy the ball at their own * 23.
Five plays later, Shane Jones took off from 57 yards out and ran for a touchdown, giving the Antlers a 17-0 lead.
On the ensuing possession, the Unicorns answered with Rhodes’ bomb to Cross, bringing the score to 7-7.
The Unicom defense shut out Tivy the rest of the way, but the Antlers defense shut down
the Unicorns running game and held on for the 17-7 victory.
Rhoades said the game reinforced the respect he had for his team.
“I have the greatest admiration in the world for these seniors,” Rhoades said. “They went 2-8 as freshmen, but they rebounded to become the undisputed district champs and go two rounds into the playoffs their senior year. I have total admiration and respect for these guys.”
REBECCA 8. ROGERS/Herald-Zeitung
New Braunfels' Mike Hernandez returns a kick Friday.