No. 3 Timpson eliminates No. 7 Beckville
Nov. 26, 2021 - The No. 3 ranked Timpson Bears are headed back to the 2A Division I State Quarterfinals after a battle of the unbeaten with the No. 7 Beckville Bearcats. Timpson entered the contest with a perfect record of 10-0. The Bearcats were likewise unbeaten with an impressive 12-0 record. Homer Bryce Stadium located on Stephen F. Austin State University’s campus played host to a massive number of East Texas football fans on the Friday night immediately following Thanksgiving.
The opening kick went to the Bearcats. On their first drive, Beckville’s offense marched down the field with most of the yardage resting on the shoulders of their standout senior quarterback Ryan Harris. Harris would cap off the drive with a rushing touchdown to put the Bearcats up 7-0. Timpson was quick to respond with their own standout quarterback. Following the Bearcat touchdown, Terry Bussey broke off a 47-yard touchdown run around the left side. On the ensuing drive, the Timpson defense was able to strip sack the Beckville quarterback which allowed Bear defender Logan Depaepe to fall on the ball for the recovery.
Only 10 seconds into the second quarter, senior running back Braden Courtney put Timpson up 14-7 with an 11-yard touchdown run. Timpson was firing on all cylinders during the second quarter. Their defense provided yet another turnover, this one on a fourth-down stop. The Bears marched down the field for a one-yard keeper for Bussey to bring the score to 21-7. With time winding down in the first half, Beckville was able to put together a drive to keep their hopes alive. Harris found receiver Tyler Bryan deep for a 30-yard pass and catch trimming the deficit to seven headed into halftime.
Beckville pulled out all the stops on the second-half kickoff with an onside kick. The Bearcats recovered the kick and capitalized with a score on the following drive. Now tied at 21-21, Timpson regained possession of the momentum and never looked back. Courtney found paydirt from two yards out, Bussey crossed the goal line following a 24-yard scramble, and Bussey tossed a touchdown to senior wideout Hunter Tipton.
The Bears’ defense was also a big part of second-half play. They were able to stuff the Bearcats on another fourth down attempt, and defensive back Vosky Howard put the nail in the coffin with a big interception.
“That’s a really good football team. They were 12-0 for a reason. Our kids just kept battling, kept battling even when [Beckville] pulled back even with us. They came out got the onside kick and tied it up with us. The kids could have folded, but they didn’t. Some of the games we had earlier in the year helped us with that. I can’t be more excited for our guys. There aren’t but eight teams playing next week, and we’re one of them.” Said Timpson head football coach Kerry Therwhanger.
Bussey led the Bears with 193 yards on the ground followed by Courtney who totaled 139 rushing yards. Big numbers to be sure, but those types of performances don’t happen without some help from the big men up front.
“Our offensive line, I told them before the game. This game is going to come down to y’all. If we can dominate the way that I think we can, then they’re not going to be able to stop us. It also takes a little bit of the pressure off the defense.” Said Therwhanger.
Timpson will square off against Centerville for the Region III Championship on December 3 in Jacksonville.