HS FOOTBALL: Timpson 67, Grapeland 28
RUSK – There was no letdown for the Timpson Bears one week after their stunning upset of three-time defending champion Bremond, as the Bears routed Grapeland, 67-28, Dec. 1 in the UIL 2A-Div. II Region 3 semifinal.
Timpson (11-2) faces Tenaha (13-) 7 p.m. Thursday at Carthage High School is the first-ever all-Shelby County Region 3 football title game.
Running back Jordan Osby rushed for 281 yards and six touchdowns, while quarterback Jon Grogan add 138 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
It was the second time this year Timpson beat Grapeland (8-5). The Bears downed the Sandies 44-20 on Oct. 20 in a District 11 matchup. Grapeland ended up third in district behnd second-place Timpson and first-place Tenaha.
“We had success running against them the first time, so we felt we could do it again,” head coach Kerry Therwhanger said. “And we have gotten better with another month of games and practice. That extra time helps guys who haven't had a lot of experience.”
While the game ended up as a blowout, it was a tight game early as Grapeland led early in the second quarter.
Timpson scored first as it took advantage of a Grapeland fumble on its own 30 to set up Osby's 16-yard run to cap the three-play drive and put the Bears up 8-0.
Grapeland responded by returning the ensuing kickoff to the Timpson 48 and they mounting a nine-play drive capped by Brannon Bedre's 2-yard run. The point-after failed, leaving the score at 8-6.
After Grapeland attempted an onside kick, Timpson started on its own 48 and needed just three plays to score as two Grogan runs set up Osby's 28-yard scoring run. The two-point conversion made it 16-6.
But again, Grapeland responded with a score, driving 68 yards in nine plays as Bedre scored on a 31-yard run.
Grapeland then tried another onside kick and was successful in recovering it at the Timpson 44.
Quarterback Rick Frauenberger connected with Josh Ackley for a 14-yard touchdown on a fourth-down play. With the two-point conversion, the Sandies took their first and only lead at 20-16.
The Sandies kicked off deep and Gannen Braddock returning the ball 90 yards for an apparent touchdown, but a clipping penalty negated the score and set the Bears up on the Sandies 47.
Grogan hit Jaden Johnson on a play-action pass for 32 yards. Two plays later, Osby scored from 15 to put Timpson up 22-20.
The momentum of the game turned on the next series as Shane Peveto stripped the ball from Frauenberger, picked it up and ran it 51 yards to put Timpson up 30-20 with 6:09 left in the first half.
“The ball was rolling around on the ground got it I started running,” Peveto said. “Number eight (Jayden Rodemaker) was right behind me – I could feel it. Devin LeBlanc got him with a good block.”
Peveto said it was his first touchdown in a varsity game.
“That was fun – anytime a big guy gets to rumble in there,” said Therwhanger. “That was big. We made a stop right after that. Knowing that we'd get the ball (to start the second half), it was huge. We hadn't really stopped them up until that point.”
Timpson's defense forced the Sandies to punt after three plays on the next series and stopped them on downs on the Bears' 11 to end the first half.
In between, the Bears scored on Grogan's one-yard run to cap a nine-play, 89-yard drive to make the halftime score 38-20. The drive started on the Timpson 11 and appeared to heading backwards when Osby ran right and found no running lane. As he changed direction to the left, Sandies defensive end closed to cutoff Osby only to have Brandon Addison land a devastating block that flattened him and freed Osby to turn the corner for a 24-yard gain.
“I did my regular blocking and I saw that (Osby) cut back across the field and he didn't have anywhere to to go,” Addison said. “I saw him turn around and make that cut and I did what I had to do.”
With the exception of a late Grapeland touchdown, the second half was all Timpson.
After the second-half kickoff, Timpson needed just one play to score at Osby broke off a 66-yard touchdown run to make the score 46-20.
Grapeland went three-and-out with punts on its next two drives. The second punt was needed after Nictaeo Scourton sacked Frauenberger for an 11-yard loss on a third-and-three play.
“I saw the offensive guard standing there waiting to defend me,” Scourton said. “I just started jumping over him and I had my other teammates coming with me.”
In between Grapeland punts, Timpson saw Osby cap a 60-yard drive with 9-yard run to increase the lead to 54-20.
Grapeland recovered a Timpson fumble the 38 and moved the ball 62 yards for a score as Frauenberger again connected with Ackley for a 13-yard pass.
The 54-28 margin didn't last long as Osby took the ball 60-yards for a score on the first play after the kickoff to extend the lead to 60-28 to open the fourth quarter.
The Sandies drove to the Bearas 31, but lost the ball on a fumble recovered by Edgar Vargas.
Timpson needed just three running plays to score as Osby carried twice for 30 yards before Grogan broke through the line on a 47-yard touchdown run. Johnson kicked the point after º the Bears only point after that was not a two-point attempt, to make the final score of 67-28.
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. 24 W vs. Bremond, 14-11***
Dec. 1 W vs. Grapeland67-28***
Dec. 7 vs. Tenaha, 7 p.m. ***
This week’s 2A-Div. II
Region 3 playoff games
• Tenaha (13-0) vs. Timpson (11-2), 7 p.m. Thursday at Carthage High School
Last week’s 2A-Div. II
Region 3 playoff games
• Tenaha 35, Iola 14
• Timpson 67, Grapeland 28
T: Jordan Osby 16-yard run. Osby 2 PAT. 8-0
G: 2-yard run. PAT faild. 8-6
T: Jordan Osby 28-yard run. Osby 2 PAT. 16-6
G: 31-yard touchdown run. PAT failed. 16-12
G: 14-yard pass. 2 pAT good. 20-16
T: Jordan Osby 15-yard run. PAT failed. 22-20
T: Shane Preveto 51-yard fumble recovery.Osby 2 PAT. 30-20
T: Jon Grogan 1-yard run. Osby 2 PAT 38-20 at the half
T: Jordan Osby 66-yard run. Osby 2 PAT. 46-20
T: Jordan Osby 9-yard run. Osby 2 PAT 54-20
G: 13-yard pass. PAT good. 54-28
T: Jordan Osby 60-yard run. PAT failes. 60-28
T: Jon Grogan 47-yard run. PAT good. 67-28