Timpson faces Grapeland 7 p.m. Friday at Rusk after upset of Bremond
PALESTINE – In winning consecutive state championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016, The Bremond Tigers beat their second-round opponents by nearly 40 point each year.
And 10 minutes into its Nov. 24 game against the Timpson Bears, it looked like 2017 would me more of the game.
The Tigers forced the Bears to punt after five plays and then chewed up more than nine minutes in driving 89 yards to the Timpson one, where they had a first-and goal.
But then quarterback Kaidyn Peralez fumbled the ball as he was tackled by Jarrett Page and Timpson recovered.
The play would set the tone for the game as Bremond dominated the offensive and defensive line, but squandered scoring opportunities. In the end, Timpson made just enough big plays on both side of the ball to dethrone the reigning champions 14-11 at Westwood High School.
“We did some good things, we just didn't do them consisently,” said Timpson head coach Kerry Therwhanger. “We need to be a little more consistent to give ourselves a chance.”
About the only thing Timpson did consistently against Bremond was find a way to make one big play amid a series of poor plays.
Bremond made seven trips into Timpson territory – including five inside the 23. Two ended in scores – a 25-yard Gerardo Ponce field goal and a 15-yard touchdown run by Peralez – but two ended in fumbles, two ended in turnover-on-downs and one in a punt from the 43.
“We played about as bad as we could play offensively,” said Bremond head coach Jeff Kasowski. “We put the ball on the ground. When you do that, it is hard to make the plays.”
Bremond average better than six yards per offensive play, gaining 371 yard (286 rushing/85 passing) compared to 224 yard by Timpson (88 rushing/136 passing). Bremond ran nearly 70 offensive plays to Timpson's 50.
Timpson running back Jordan Osby managed just 56 yards on 18 carries – nine of which went for negative yards or no gain. Quarterback Jon Grogan had 32 yards on 12 carries, most of which were scrambles on broken pass plays.
Yet, with 5:13 left in the scoreless first half, Timpson took the lead as Grogran hit Gannen Braddock on a short crossing pattern that went for a 43-yard touchdown. Jordan Osby scored the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.
Of course, even that play – which accounted for 20 percent of Timpson's offense in the game – didn't go exactly as designed.
“Gannen was supposed to run a 'go' but he ran a five-yard hitch because the safety was so far off,” said Grogan. “I just threw it to him and he did the rest. ... I wasn't expecting him to be 20 yards down field – I look at him and he's sitting right there and I was like 'oh no!'.”
Braddock, a senior, is in his first year playing football after transferring to Timpson this year when his father, Bryan, became the school's basketball coach.
“Bremond's corners – they were pretty far back,” Gannen said. “We had a bit of confidence with that pass.”
Yet, like a champion boxer caught off guard by an underdog's punch, Bremond responded by driving 61 yards. But its drive stalled at Timpson's nine. Bremond opted for the field goal to make the score 8-3 going into the half.
Bremond had the ball to open the third quarter, and again drove deep – reaching Timpson's 10. On fourth-and-five from the 10, Bremond turned the ball over on downs on an incomplete pass.
Timpson mounted it only substantial drive of the game, driving 91-yards in 16 plays, capped by Grogan's 16-yard pass to Brock Behrens on a fourth-and-11 play. The point after failed, leaving the score at 14-3 with 1:40 left in the third.
“We gave up a few passes there that hurt defensively,” Kasowski said. “You fight like that and get fourth down and give up a catch there, it's tough.”
But Bremond was not down as Peralez capped a 75-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown run and scored the two-point conversion to pull the Tigers within 14-11 at the end of the third quarter.
That would be it for Bremond's scoring as they fumbled at the Timpson 23 and Devin LeBlanc reocevered for the Bears with 9:41 left in the game.
On Bremond's next possession – its last of the game – Bremond turned the ball over on downs at the Bears 30 with 1:44 left in the game as Kaseon Gentry tipped the pass away from the receiver.
Timpson, however, was unable to run out the clock as it ran three plays for minus six yards and had a illegal procedure penalty for five yards, too boot.
Win nine seconds left in the game, Timpson lined up to punt from its own 19.
Jaden Jackson's punt shanked to right heading out of bounds around the Bears' 30, but Bremond was called for roughing the kicker, giving Timpson the ball and a first down. Timpson took a knee to end it.
As a freshman at Texline, Braddock was a starter on a team that won the UIL 1A state championship. He said Friday's game was a different experience.
“It's a little different from when I won a state basketball championship as a freshman,” Braddock said. “I didn't think I'd get nervous – it's a little different. I like it a lot.”
Despite his offensive struggles, Osby made multiple stops defensively in the secondary that kept big plays from becoming huge plays.
“I'd rather have the team score than for me to get a lot of yards,” Osby said. “I'm glad to to be here and to keep playing.”
2017 Timpson Bears
Sept. 1 W vs. W. Sabine 48-6
Sept. 8 L @ Price Carlisle 30-6
Sept. 15 W vs. Cross Roads 28-6**
Sept. 22 W @ Hawkins 38-14
Sept. 29 W @ Lovelady 20-14
Oct. 6 BYE
Oct. 13 W @ Wortham* 36-6.
Oct. 20 W vs. Grapeland* 44-20.
Oct. 27 W @ Overton* 52-16.
Nov. 3 W @ Mt. Enterprise* 49-6
Nov. 10 L vs. Tenaha* 40-8
Nov. 16 W vs. Hull-Daisetta*** 57-36
Nov. 23 W vs. Bremond *** 14-11
Nov. 30 vs. Grapeland TBD
This week’s 2A-Div. II Region 3 playoff games
• Tenaha vs. Iola
• Timpson vs. Grapeland
Last week’s 2A-Div. II Region 3 playoff games
• Tenaha 51, Gateway Charter 0
• Timpson 14, Bremond 11
• Grapeland 49, Cumby 34
• Iola 50, Maud 0
T: Jon Grogran 43-yard pass to Gannen Braddock. Osby 2-pt conversion. 8-0 3:14
B: Gerardo Ponce 25-yard field goal. 8-3 0:21
T: Jon Grogan 16-yard pass to Brock Behrens. PAT no good. 14-3 1:57
B: Kaidyn Peralez 15-yard run. Kaidyn Peralez 2-pt. run. 14-11 :10