Timpson routs West Sabine, 48-6, Saturday afternoon on sweltering Shelbyville High School field

SHELBYVILLE -- Timpson persevered the Saturday Showdown at the Shelbyville Sauna to rout West Sabine 48-6.

Due to poor field conditions at both West Sabine and Timpson, the game was moved from Friday night at Timpson to Saturday's neutral-field matinee on the turf at Shelbyville High School. When the decision was made, the forecast was for temperatures in the 80, not the 90s. The result was field temperatures between 104 and 110 during the game. 

Timpson junior running back Jordan Osby had 157 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns. Osby said he got "little light headed" at point in the game.

Kind of tied got a little light headed, no much. We did pretty good today. 

Junior quarterback Jon Grogan ran for one score and passed for another. The Bears rolled up 362 yards in total offense.

Grogan, who was thrust into the starting quarterback for five games last season due to an injury, said he benefitting from having the off season to learn the position, reads, and to hone his skills. 

"I felt more comfortable back there vs. being thrown in there the second district game (last year)," Grogan said. "I actually had time to work on my mechanics.

"I'm being able to see it better. I realize what I supposed to do in certain situations more, and understand the offense better."

He credit the offensive line for not allowing a sack and only allowing him to get hit a couple of times in the backfield.   

The Bears defense stymied the Tigers, holding them to just 182 yards on the game -- 64 coming on the Tigers' lone scoring drive in the second half. Datrien Bendy picked off Tigers quarterback Dylan Anderson for 23-yard pick size late in the game for the Bears' final score. 

Junior Nictaeo Scourton, who played both-ways on the offensive and defensive line, he felt the lines did well given its was the first game and the heat on the field.

"I feel good about it," he said. "We just some stuff to polish up and get better with and well be rolling."

The heat forced both teams to use players off the bench more than they might have otherwise. For Timpson coach Kerry Therwhanger, it was an unexpected benefit.

"The younger guys got in there and stepped up and made some plays," Therwhanger said. "The guys we thought would make plays, made them. But to see the younger guys step in there -- and know you can count on them, especially early in the year -- is big."

Osby played more than expected after Shakeem Washington left the game with a leg injury. According to Therwhanger, the staff does not know how severe the injury is and if Washington will be sidelined or miss time. 

Timpson out gained West Sabine 271 yards to 72, and scored on each of its five possessions in the first half, while building a 34-0 lead -- a big departure from last year's opener, which the Tigers won, 20-14. 

Gannen Braddock, a transfer playing high school football for the first time, started at quarterback for the first two series, which each ended in touchdowns. Therwhanger wanted to give his No. 2 quarterback real-game experience.

Timpson took the opening kick off and mounted a 7-play, 59-yard scoring drive capped by Braddock's 2-yard run. Six of the plays were runs. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the score at 6-0. 

After taking over from the Tigers on downs at their own 42, Timpson drove downfield again. Gannen opened the drive by hitting Jaden Johnson for a 42-yard catch-and-run that gave the Bears a first-down on the Tigers' 13. Osby scored both the touchdown -- on a hard-fought 3-yard run -- and two-pointer to make it 14-0. 

West Sabine drove to the Bears' 27 on the next possession, before turning the ball over again on downs. 

With Grogan in at quarterback, Timpson marched the length pf the field in just eight plays. Osby, Grogan and Johnson carried the ball on three consecutive plays, gaining 9, 11 and 11 yards, respectively. Grogan hit Kaseon Gentry on a 23-yard pass to cap the drive and put the Bears up 20-0. The 2-point conversion failed. 

The Bears defense tighten, forcing the Tigers to punt on a three-and-out that set the offense up on West Sabine's 42. 

After throwing an incompletion on the first play, Grogan ran for a 42-yard touchdown. He ran way more than 42 yards, however, running a play action to his right and rolling out beyond the hash mark before cutting back inside, spinning off a tackler as he cut back to the inside of the field and breaking left on a diagonal path to the goal line flag. The 2-point conversion failed.

West Sabine was forced to punt again after three plays, setting the Bears up at their own 48. 

Osby immediately took a handoff 33 yards to the Tigers' 17. ON a fourth-and-seven with six seconds left tin the half, Grogan hit Trystan Fisher at the one and called a time out with one-second remaining. A false start penalty pushed Timpson back to the nine. Osby got the call on the half's final play and delivered a 9-yard run scoring run through the Tigers' defense. Osby also scored on the conversion to make it 34-0 at the half. 

West Sabine came out of halftime and immediately got into Timpson territory on Dallon Smith's 53-yard run. Timpson's defense looked like it was going to closed the door after consecutive zero-gain plays, but Trevez Galloway scored on a pretty trap play to get the Tigers' on the board t 34-6. 

But that proved to be the high-water mark for West Sabine, which saw its final four possessions end in a punt, turnover on downs, a pick-six and the end of the game. 

After stopping the Tigers on downs, the Bears needed just two plays -- Edgar Vargas' 9-yard run and Osby's 49-yard dash -- to get into the end zone. Johnson kicked the PAT to make it 41-6.

Gentry's interception followed on the next series. With Johnson's second PAT made it 48-6.