Timpson Bears return to State Semifinals
Dec. 5, 2021 - For the second year in a row, the Timpson Bears are headed to the State Semi-Finals. Timpson has established itself as the premier team from 2A Region III following the defeat of the Centerville Tigers at the Tomato Bowl in Jacksonville.
Centerville was the first to field their offense. The Tigers were methodical in their approach. A run-focused mindset allowed them to drive down the field and eat up a massive amount of clock time. Their grind-it-out approach ticked the clock down to 3:53 left in the first quarter. Timpson quickly answered with a 31-yard Terry Bussey rushing touchdown. Now with the clock on 1:34, the Tigers began their time-consuming offensive approach once again.
Timpson held Centerville on third down during the drive, leading to the Tigers successfully converting a fourth-and-two attempt. A few plays later, Centerville’s quarterback found a receiver on a nine-yard completion for a touchdown. Following the missed extra point, Centerville led 13-7 with 3:51 seconds left in the second quarter. By this point in the game, Centerville had controlled the clock with two drives totaling 17:50. Timpson would quickly score again, this time on a Braden Courtney on a 16-yard touchdown rush. Centerville’s slow-paced offense worked against them at the end of the half, as the Tigers were unable to take back the lead before halftime.
In some ways, the second half of play was similar to the first, but in other ways, it was very different. Timpson continued to have their way on offense, scoring almost at will. Centerville on the other hand suffered a shutout. Timpson utilized halftime to adjust their defensive strategy. The Tigers are a run between the tackles team; therefore the Bears were able to pack the box and stuff the run with great success. A better defensive showing in the second half would lead to a lopsided 48-13 win for Timpson.
“Centerville played lights out in that first half,” said Coach Kerry Therwhanger. “We knew what they had, we knew it was going to be tough. They’re big, they’re physical. It was just a matter of whether our guys were willing to sit there and go toe-to-toe with them. Being able to go in at halftime and flip that switch and say hey we can play better on defense and we’re still winning this game. Let’s go down and get some separation. Then we made a couple of stops and a couple of turnovers. Our offense does what they do and we were able to get away from them.”
Courtney would end the night with two more touchdowns bringing his total in this game to three. He also tallied 100 yards rushing. Bussey ended the game with 124 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns in the passing game and 162 yards on the ground with two rushing touchdowns. He also snagged a big interception in the second half.
The two passing touchdowns were caught by a pair of sophomore wide receivers, Amare Bruton and Vosky Howard. Howard led the Bears’ wide receiver corps with 95 yards receiving.
Timpson heads back to the State Semifinals to face a familiar opponent. Shiner was Timpson’s undoing in last year’s bid for a State Championship. The Bears would like nothing more than to return the favor simply to give themselves a chance at a state title. These two teams will meet on Thursday, December 9 in Tomball at 7:00 PM.
“We wanted to be back in the semifinals. It didn’t matter who it was. We just wanted to be there. [Shiner] took care of business last night. They looked really solid, really good. They’re the champions until somebody beats them, and we’re the ones that get a shot at them next week.” Said Therwhanger when asked about next week’s showdown.