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Sundown rolls to win

Sundown's 55-12 victory was a bit of revenge for the Roughnecks, who lost to Quanah in last year's area playoff.

Posted: November 19, 2011 - 12:38am  |  Updated: November 19, 2011 - 1:23am
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Sundown's Garret Carter rolls over a Quanah defender during their Class 1A playoff game on Friday at Greg Sherwood Memorial Bulldog Stadium in Plainview.  (Stephen Spillman)
(Stephen Spillman)
Sundown's Garret Carter rolls over a Quanah defender during their Class 1A playoff game on Friday at Greg Sherwood Memorial Bulldog Stadium in Plainview.
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PLAINVIEW — One phrase floated around the Sundown football team after its 55-12 area playoff victory against Quanah on Friday night.

“We just came out and do what we do,” said senior running back Garrett Carter, who ran for 312 yards and five touchdowns in the victory.

It was a bit of revenge for the Roughnecks, who lost to Quanah in last year’s area playoff.

“It’s not about revenge,” senior offensive lineman Spencer Chance said. “It’s about doing what we do. That’s our motto this year: Do what we do. If we do that, we’ll be all right.”

Carter running for 300-plus yards behind a stout offensive line is what Sundown does best. The Roughnecks have followed that formula to an 11-0 record and will face Seymour, a 35-18 winner over Sunray, in a Class 1A, Division I regional quarterfinal next week.

Sundown didn’t waste any time putting its plan into action Friday at Greg Sherwood Memorial Bulldog Stadium.

Quarterback Chad Hodge handed the ball off to Carter on the Roughnecks’ first play of the game and the senior ran 41 yards for a touchdown, shaking off three tackles on the way.

He later added touchdown runs of 3, 28, 49 and 60 yards.

Carter carried the ball 25 times, and sometimes he broke for big gains without a big hole in front of him.

“I sort of stumble, turn around and then nobody’s there,” Carter said. “It’s wide open.”

The humble senior is always the first to credit Sundown’s experienced offensive line for paving the way.

The rotating front line of Chance, Devin Elmore, Troy Holdman, Bryce McHam, Riley Thompson and Caleb Vaught have allowed the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Carter to run for 2,404 yards this season.

“We know what Garrett can do, but he’s got a lot of kids up front that can help him make his plays work,” Sundown coach Jerry Palmore said. “Garrett runs hard. He’s a good runner. But he’s got good linemen in front of him that work hard for him, and they know when he touches the ball or any of our backs touch the ball, there’s a chance we can go all the way.”

Sundown has never done much to hide its offensive gameplan.

The Roughnecks only passed the ball twice Friday. On back-to-back plays in the third quarter, Hodge connected for gains of 33 and 18 yards to wide receivers Kyler Rabel and Kyler Marshall, respectively.

Sundown led 42-12 at halftime on the strength of 267 rushing yards – 234 of which came from Carter.

The Roughnecks also got some help from the top-ranked defense in Class 1A on the South Plains.

Sundown entered the playoffs allowing just 140 yards per game. Senior defensive back Julian Paiz intercepted Quanah quarterback Clay Robertson late in the first quarter and ran the ball 50 yards for a touchdown, capping the Roughnecks’ 28-point opening quarter.

Robertson led the Indians to a pair of scoring drives in the first half, but Quanah (8-4) gained only 135 yards and never scored in the final two quarters.

“We played great defense against a team that runs a spread offense real well,” Palmore said. “They can run the ball up and down the field in their quick-strike offense and you don’t ever want to get behind the chains and lose field position against a team like that.”

Sundown rushed for 478 yards overall. Carter was only tackled once for a loss.

Jeremy Mize added 32 yards and a touchdown, and Landon Morgan sprinted for a 41-yard score late in the fourth quarter.

“We like to play some smashmouth football,” Chance said. “We like to go out there and make people try and stop us. If they’re going to stop us on the inside, we’ll run outside. If they stop us on the outside, we’ll come inside. We’ve got a great back in Garrett Carter and we’ll block for him all day long until the sun goes down.”

 

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CLASS 1A DIVISION I AREA PLAYOFF

at Greg Sherwood Memorial Bulldog Stadium, Plainview

SUNDOWN 55, QUANAH 12

Sundown 28 14 7 6 — 55

Quanah 6 6 0 0 — 12

First Quarter

SUN—Garrett Carter 41 run (Keegan Newsom kick); 10:24

QUA—Ryan Ried 1 run (run fails); 8:36

SUN—Carter 3 run (kick fails); 4:07

SUN—Jeremy Mize 8 run (Carter run); 2:18

SUN—Julian Paiz 50 interception return (Newsome kick); 2:06

Second Quarter

QUA—Clay Robertson 11 run (pass fails); 4:21

SUN—Carter 28 run (kick fails); 2:40

SUN—Carter 49 run (Carter run); 0:41

Third Quarter

SUN—Carter 60 run (Newsom kick); 10:23

Fourth Quarter

SUN—Landon Morgan 41 run (kick fails); 2:33

TEAM STATISTICS

SUN QUA

First downs 12 12

Rushes-yards 56-478 19-128

Passing yards 51 185

Comp.-att.-int. 2-2-0 17-34-2

Punts-avg. 0-0.0 4-19.0

Fumbles-lost 3-1 1-1

Penalties-yards 5-47 3-25

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Sundown, Carter 25-312, Morgan 4-56, Paiz 4-47, Mize 9-32, Salvador Segura 4-17, Chad Hodge 4-(-30); Quanah, Robertson 9-70, Ried 10-58.

PASSING: Sundown, Hodge 2-2-0—51; Quanah, Robertson 17-34-2—185.

RECEIVING: Sundown, Kyler Rabel 1-33, Kyler Marshall 1-18; Quanah, Austin Williams 5-111, Austin Smith 3-46, Nathan Morris 1-11, Brandon Heard 1-9, Eric Alaniz 2-6.

RECORDS: Sundown 11-0, Quanah 8-4

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