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Abernathy forces 4 third-quarter turnovers, beat Springlake-Earth, 20-7

Posted: October 6, 2012 - 12:42am  |  Updated: October 6, 2012 - 12:51am
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Abernathy's Tyler Cooper is tripped up by Springlake-Earth's Nathan Garcia Friday in Abernathy.
Abernathy's Tyler Cooper is tripped up by Springlake-Earth's Nathan Garcia Friday in Abernathy.
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ABERNATHY — Three times the Abernathy defense forced turnovers in the third quarter, and three times the Springlake-Earth defense kept the Antelopes off the scoreboard.

But on the fourth turnover of the period, Abernathy linebacker Dru Lust made sure the Antelopes would get some points off a takeaway.

Lust intercepted quarterback John Angel Yannis at the Wolverine 35, then took it down the sideline and into the end zone to give the Antelopes their final score in a 20-7 win against visiting Springlake-Earth on Friday night.

“Our big deal is third-quarter shutout,” said Lust, who also recovered a fumble in the third period. “Most teams, if you get a third-quarter shutout, that’s a big deal. So we came out hot, we just played our game and forced turnovers.”

The Wolverines picked up only one first down in the game-changing third-quarter, as Yannis also threw interceptions to Kyle Mills and Zach Lester.

Springlake-Earth (5-1) entered the game with 15 takeaways on the season and a plus-six turnover margin, but Abernathy had a 4-0 advantage on the turnover game Friday.

“Holy smokes our defense, they just stepped up,” Abernathy coach Darrell Daily said. “I was hoping maybe we were a little bit better on offense against them but we had some things happen, ... Defensively they just kept us in the game.”

The Antelopes (4-1) limited the Wolverines to 190 yards of offense all game, including just 36 in the second half.

Springlake-Earth coach Stan Caffey said his team had some players out because of grades, which hampered their offensive production.

“We can’t turn the ball over that many times against a good team and win,” said Caffey, whose team came into Abernathy undefeated and allowing less than seven points per game.

The Wolverines’ hardened cornerbacks — Elder Rojas and Nathan Garcia — weren’t tested too often Friday, but the one time Garcia was beat was a turning point in the defensive slugfest.

On second-and-10 from the Wolverine 25, the run-oriented Abernathy offense went to the air.

Sophomore Garrett Royal threw the ball 3 yards deep into the end zone for Clayton Lewis, who went up and made a catch just over the outstretched fingertips of Garcia.

Garcia entered the game with five interceptions, and seemed poised to grab a sixth on the play.

But Lewis got 5 yards of separation on Garcia on the way toward the end zone, then came down with the jump ball.

“It was a heckuva job; great catch by Clayton Lewis,” Daily said. “We’ve got really good outside receivers, and (Royal) put it up there. Garrett did a great job with us: running, throwing, making good decisions against a great defensive team.”

Royal finished 4-of-8 passing for 49 yards, but he excelled most on the ground. The sophomore quarterback rushed 17 times for 51 yards.

Abernathy’s Tyler Cooper led all runners Friday with 69 yards on 16 carries. A.B. Cantu carried nine times for 63 yards, but was ejected late in the third quarter after a personal-foul penalty.

The Wolverines’ defense was as advertised to open the game, forcing a three-and-out on the Antelopes’ first series and giving the ball to their offense at their own 25.

Springlake-Earth had no trouble scoring on its first drive of the game, marching 75 yards in 13 plays as Garcia put the Wolverines up on an 8-yard burst up the gut. Garcia led the Wolverines with 49 rushing yards on 12 carries Friday, with Yannis rushing eight times for 30 yards.

Yannis finished 5-of-15 with 93 yards and three interceptions passing.

“The first drive they kind of put us in shock. If we didn’t step up, it would have been an ugly game,” Lust said. “They’re a good team. They still played great, but that first drive we were sitting back and waiting for them. We weren’t going and getting it.”

For the rest of the game, the Antelopes’ defense got after it.

The Wolverines could do nothing else on offense the rest of the game, compiling 120 yards and four first downs the rest of the way.

The Antelopes started revving up the offensive production on their first series of the second quarter, getting two big 25-yard runs by Royal and fullback Cantu before the burly fullback stomped in from 3 yards out, tying the game at 7-7 after the point-after kick.

A three-and-out by the Wolverines gave the ball back to the Antelopes with 7:58 to go in the half, culminating in the Royal-to-Lewis 25-yard touchdown pass. Both teams had one more possession in the first half, but both stalled and the score remained 14-7 in favor of the Antelopes at intermission.

The Wolverines begin district play against Morton next week, and the Antelopes host Tulia.

“We just made some dumb mistakes,” Caffey said, “but we’re going to use this game to help us to get better.”

ABERNATHY 20, SPRINGLAKE-EARTH 7

Springlake-Earth 7 0 0 0 — 7

Abernathy 0 14 6 0 — 20

First Quarter

SE — Nathan Garcia 8 run (Elder Rojas kick); 4:16

Second Quarter

ABE — A.B. Cantu 3 run (Zach Tovar kick); 9:33

ABE — Clayton Lewis 25 pass from Garrett Royal (Tovar kick); 2:55

Third Quarter

ABE — Dru Lust 35 interception return (kick failed); :01

TEAM STATISTICS

SE ABE

First downs 8 16

Rushes-yards 31-102 46-190

Passing yards 93 49

Comp.-att.-int. 5-15-3 4-8-0

Punts-avg. 2-31.5 4-27.25

Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-0

Penalties-yards 5-25 4-45

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Springlake-Earth, Nathan Garcia 12-49, John Angel Yannis 8-30, Elder Rojas 9-18, Elijah Ramon 1-5, Will Green 1-0; Abernathy, Tyler Cooper 16-69, A.B. Cantu 9-63, Garrett Royal 17-51, Aaron Rosas 3-9, Cassius Cunningham 1-(-2).

PASSING: Springlake-Earth, Yannis 5-15-1—93; Abernathy, Royal 4-8-0—49.

RECEIVING: Springlake-Earth, Garcia 1-36, Ramon 2-25, Rojas 1-21, Will Green 1-11; Abernathy, Clayton Lewis 1-25, Cooper 1-15, Cantu 1-5, Cunningham 1-4.

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