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.... ' ' .... *~ " i , ~ i ~,, ~ ~ i,.q~ . i~,~ ~ j,~,~.'lm~ ~l, F --~w--- ~ ~ - + Hays Free Press * September 17, 2014 SPORTS Page 2B PHOTO BY LINCOLN RAMIREZ Texas State senior tight end Bradley Miller (14) is upended by Navy's Kwazel Bertrand and Daniel Gonzales during the third quarter of Saturday's home game at Bobcat Stadium. Despite playing in front of the second largest crowd in program history, Texas State fell to Navy 35-21. BY MOSES LEOS III Yellow was the predom- inant color on Saturday night in front of the second largest crowd in Bobcat Stadium history. A myriad of penalties, along with a determined Navy Midshipmen effort, hindered the Texas State Bobcats in a 35-21 defeat. "Penalties hurt us. We shot ourselves in the foot offensively," Texas State head coach Dennis Fran- chione said. "You can't play these guys and miss (scoring) opportunities. It's hard to do that." Texas State's penalty problems began on their very first drive. Already trailing 7-0, the Bobcats marched 69 yards all the way to the Midshipmen six-yard line. But three 15-yard penalties, the last a delay of game on Franchione, pushed the Bobcats to the Navy 42. The drive ended with a 32-yard field goal attempt from Jason Dann that careened offthe right upright. It became the theme for the Bobcats, who saw several drives falter due to penalties. The Bobcats amassed 124 yards on 11 penalties in the game. The struggles were magnified by Navy's de- fense, which kept the Bob- cats scoreless for roughly 29 minutes. Franchione said Navy made the Bob- cats "earn everything" on offense. On the opposite end, Navy's prolific triple-op- tion attack hit the ground running. Guided by backup quarterback Tago Smith, the Midshipmen unleased a 28-point salvo on their first four drives of the first half. Smith finished with 213 total yards, 96 on the ground and four total touchdowns. Overall, Franchione said the Bobcats defended Navy's rush game well; they limited the Midship- men to 352 yards. Navy averaged 428 rush yards in their first two games. However, the Bobcats were often misaligned by Navy's intricate option at- tack, causing issues. "That's how they have success. If you miss some assignments, you aren't fitted the right way and they make you pay," Fran- chione said. Navy opened up a 28-0 lead before the Bobcats fought back before half- time. Texas State drove 75 yards on 17 plays, with Jones plunging one yard into the end zone to cut the Navy lead to 28-7. Ddspite their problems, Texas State's offense man- aged to maintain equilib- rium. The Bobcats gained 469 total yards, 255 at the half. Bobcat quarterback Tyler Jones said the team could have capitalized on several scoring drives were it not for the penal- ties. Running back Robert Lowe said the run game was working, but the team "shot ourselves in the foot over and over." "This was something in practice we knew we couldn't do against a team like Navy," Lowe said. "We had to maximize our opportunities when we have the ball. We didn't do that." Jones went 24 of 36 for 231 yards, while Lowe rushed for 92 yards. Texas State's defense rallied in the third quarter. The unit came through with two key defensive stops, which included a goal line stand and an in- terception from defensive back Germod Williams. The Bobcat offense still couldn't generate any of- fensive momentum. That changed in the fourth, as the Bobcats concocted a 9 play, 29 yard drive, capped off by Lowe, who leapt over the pile on third and goal to cut Navy's lead to 28-14. But that was as close as the Bobcats could get. Less than a minute later, Navy deflated Texas State hopes with a 67-yard pass play from Smith to Jamir Tillman, putting the game out of reach. Franchione said the plan was to force Navy to beat Texas State with the pass. However, he didn't anticipate Smith throwing as well as he did. Smith finished with 117 passing yards. "That's what happens when you play an offense like that," Franchione said. "You got the press, the issues in the run areas and you get vulnerable there." With Illinois on the horizon, Jones focused on improving-- both on limiting penalties and strengthening gameplay. "The tapes will show, the videos will show things we got to work on, things we have to get bet- ter on," Jones said. Weddings, )arties, graduations a nd o n=l goat ion rt rai t s (512) 665:1027 (5 2) 665-8930 ForeverMem0riesl hotographyKyle.coln HAYS (0-3, 0-1) AT DEL VALLE (1-2, 1-0) When: Friday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Veterans Stadium (5301 Ross Road, Del Valle, Texas) Last week: Lake Travis 62, Hays 23; Del Valle 33, Akins 25 Last Meeting (2007): Del Valle 27, Hays 21 Players to watch: Hays: QB Braeden Kent, RB Cody Gandy, RB Jackson Ef- fiom, WR Brandon Hunter, WR Grayson Rigsby, WR Austin Maulding, LB Emory Cuzze, DL Johnson Elrod, OL Connor Lanfear, OL Mateo Mendoza, DB Joseph Rubio, DB Garrett Quinn Del Valle: QB David Gutierrez, QB Elijah Duran, RB Emanuel Grear, RB Will Grear, CB Williton Grear, WR Altany Wilson, WR Andre Butler, LB Khalid Taylor, DB Brenden Carter, K Luis Escalante Intangibles: Which Hays High offense will take the field on Friday at Del Valle? That's the big question going into this week's game against the Cardinals. The Rebel offense has shown it can put up the points, but they must continue to improve. Finding consistency and avoiding costly turnovers are a must. They'll go up against a Del Valle defense that hasn't exactly been a force. The Cardinals have given up 400 or more yards in both of their losses, with 200 or more rushing yards given up in each. That bodes well for a Rebel squad that's predicated on the run game. Meanwhile, the Rebel defense must progress after last week's tough outing. Perhaps the only solace from last week was Hays limiting Lake Travis' offense to their lowest yardage total of the sea- son. The issue is containing (and limiting) explosive plays, both on defense and special teams. Del Valle's offense is capable of that, as they've had three scoring plays of 60 yards or more, including a 96-yard TD pass. K Escalante could be a factor if the game is close late. LEHMAN (0-3, 0-1) VS. AKINS (2-1,0-1) When: Friday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Bob Shelton Stadium Last week: Bowie 42, Lehman 13; Del Valle 33, Akins 25 Last meeting: First ever Players to watch: Lehman: Lehman: QB Jeremy Schilhab, RB/DB Bratt Wagner, RB Jameson Castillo, WR Jon Herrera, WR Jay Sayles, RB/DB JR Torres, DB Jacob Tamez, DB Austin Lakey, LB Kacey Santos, OL Julian Silguero Akins: QB Ryan Medrano, RB Mike Gonzales, RB Kennan Lockhart, WR Jermaine Thomas, DE Omar Bailey, LB Malik Smith Intangibles: Putting together four cohesive quarters has been a challenge for the Lobos thus far. They'll need to attain consistency to avoid falling into an 0-4 quagmire. Schilhab continues to lead the Lobo offense, but the Lobos have only gone as far as he can. Lehman must find other options offensively to keep pressure off of Schilhab. Miscues, penalties and turnovers are a leading component to their struggles. To limit those to some capacity must happen. They'll take on an Akins defense that gave up several explo- sive plays against Del Valle. Lehman's run game could also thrive, especially with Akins giving up 200 yards on the ground last week. Lehman's bruising three- week grind has taken a toll on their defense. Injuries and fatigue were factors in the Bowie loss. They'll now be asked to halt Akins' run attack of Medrano and Lockhart. Ultimately, depth is the largest issue with the Lobos. Can the Lobo offense sustain drives to give the defense a rest? It's something the Lobos must work on. 14 13 12 11 10 Please cut aiong do,ted fine HOW TO PLAY Select a winner from each of the week's games, listed below. Select in descending order of your CONFIDENCE in your choices. Win points at left for each correct selection toward possible total of 136 points. See complete rules below. You must be at least 8 (eight) years old to enter. To enter, clip along dotted line, then place game entry in POWER POINTS container at co-sponsors' retail outlet(s). Entrants must list name, address and phone num- ber below. 9 8 7 LIMIT: You may enter the contest only once per week. DEADLINE: 2 P.M. THURSDAY 6 5 4 3 TIEBREAKER 1 [----]Total points scored (both I Iteams) in COWBOYS ( TIEBREAKER 2 ['---"]Total offensive yards I I (both teams) in this game. 2 1 136 Name TOTAL POINTS Address City, State (zip) Day Phone ( ) Night Phone ( Power Points entries can be dropped off at: Hays Free Press 113 W. Center St. Kyle Hays Free Press at Old Main Street Station 122 S. Main Street Buda Central Texas Speedway 24801 Interstate 35 Kyle NY Giants at Washington Jacksonville at San Diego Buda Drug Store Carolina at Baltimore Atlanta at Minnesota203 Railroad St. Green Bay at Chicago Buda Buffalo at Houston New Odeans at Dallas Tennessee at Indianapolis Illinois at NebraskaThis week's entries Detroit at NY Jets Northwestern at Penn State must be submitted Miami at Oakland Texas at Kansas by 2 p.m., Sept. 25 Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh Tennessee at Georgia 1. Objeut of foe game is to amass as many oflbe ] 36 wceldy points as you "an. Sim#y review tbe wck's schedule of games, listed on eniry form, and de- cide which game you are SUREST of picking a wim~r in. Write the name of your imYjecatd winner on the 16-p~Ymt line, and so on down to the l-point llne, which game you figure to be a tossup. Next, fill in Tiebreaker 1, the total points by bofo teams in the week's designated game. If this st~p fails to produce a winner, the judges will apply ifiebreaker 2, total offensive ya~iage from scrim- mage in fois game. I f a winner sifil dcesn't e~, a g~awing will be held among those contestmls stillticd. Dcclsinm of foe judges are final The onatstant from the participating newspapers who tallies tbe most oftbe 136 possible pints - or who survives any needed llebreaker preceduze - will win the Grand Prize of ei- ther $1,000 or $500 depending on whether he/she has record~ a perfi~ score, including Tlebreakers. 2. Any entzy form that does not contain a legible name, address, etc., will be ~quaUf~d. 3. EnVies fl~t finl to forecast a winma" frcan each and every ~me win be dis- 9. Weekly deadline for cnay will be 2 p.m. Th~s except w~n noted qualified, as will en~es that fail to distinguish'between the Jets and Giants of otherwise on wceldy ently form. New York and oilier flrailar-sounding team names. 4. No poiuts am awaM~ on fie gam~ or in case any game is not played for any mason dtaing its scbeduled wL 5. ~g POWER POINTS constitutes permission by contcs~nt for his or her name and photograph to be used for news and reportable promotional purposes at no charge. 6. Employees of fois newspaper and tbelr immedinat families am ineligible to parilcipaat. 7. Any inquhy about or proi~st of weeldy results must be ma~ by noon on foe Friday following the announcement of winners. 8. No purchase necessaly. Facsimile g~ne easy forms will be a~:epted. Ent~ contest by dropping era~y fDrm irao POWER POINTS container at pa~icipating co-sponsors. 10. Neifocr this rcwspapcr nor any co-sponsor wiil be respom~l~ for illegible entp/fonm or ifios lost, stolen or damaged in any way or entries ~ted or aniving postage due or for any clahn or injury by conatatants m~e in cow ncution to any activity involved in erming contest Eatnmts ~ssume all liab'di. ties. 11. l&nil: one entrj per person per week. Each cntzy must mpresemtbe orig- inal work of one enb~nt, "group" entries, "systems" or oilier attempt to enter multiple entries will be disqualified. Filling out exb'a forms and putting your fiiends' and relatives'names on them violates lifts rule. Any such entries are de- s0~ed prior to grafting. 12. Contestants must have re.bed the age of eight (8) years by lbe Sun&ay of any week's play. + li! i iiil ................... i!iliii"