Timpson Bears advance to the final four
Texas 2A Division I Football Playoffs began with 64 hopeful teams seeking a State Championship.
Now, 60 of those teams have had those hopes dashed, while only four teams remain in the hunt. Among the final four teams in contention are the Timpson Bears after their victory over the Beckville Bearcats.
While Timpson has been a dominant force all season long, the Bearcats have had a bumpier road to their contest in the State Quarterfinals.
Beckville started off the year 0-2 and even entered the playoffs as the runner up from their own district. The Bearcats came on strong at the end of the season and carried that momentum into the playoffs.
Beckville received the opening kick but were unable to get things rolling as Braden Courtney accounted for two of the three stops that forced the Bearcats to punt.
Beckville put forward a strong defensive front holding Courtney to only a yard on each of the first two plays the Bears were on offense. On Timpson’s third-and-eight, the Bearcats defensive linemen were able to make contact with quarterback LT Washington as he threw a pass downfield that ended up intercepted by Beckville’s Matt Barr.
Beckville capitalized on the turnover on a reverse from the Bearcat running back to a wide receiver. Beckville had struck first giving themselves a 6-0 lead. On the point after try, Timpson trimmed the lead to four after Ferron Crockett II blocked the field goal. DaJuan Tutt scooped up the loose ball and took it to the house making the score 6-2, Beckville.
Crockett’s blocked field goal and Tutt’s scoop-and-score were all that it took to plant the momentum firmly in Timpson’s camp. Later in the first, LT Washington completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to senior Trey Davis. Timpson had taken the lead 9-6, and they would not look back.
Timpson has been dominant since week one, but they have not become complacent. Coach Kerry Therwhanger and staff are still making adjustments to their schemes and adding new wrinkles to keep opposing defenses guessing.
This week Timpson employed a number of direct snaps to junior running back Courtney. Early in the second quarter, Courtney took a snap, faked a handoff to Terry Bussey, and then took the ball around the left side on a 49-yard touchdown rush.
Senior Kade Throckmorton has been a solid presence on the Timpson defense all year. His two stops on the following series of plays helped lead to another Beckville three-and-out.
Unfortunately, Timpson suffered a bad snap that the Bearcats were able to recover. Beckville began marching down the field, but Semaj Kelley was able to jump a Bearcat receiver’s route and snag an interception.
Washington found Bussey on a pass the very next play that resulted in a 69-yard touchdown for the massively talented freshman wide out.
That score brought the score to 22-6 headed into the half. Not only did they hold a solid lead, but the were also set to receive the kick to start the third quarter.
Timpson did not let up from there. The three-pronged attack of Washington, Courtney, and Bussey has proven to be a dangerous combination.
The Bears used this line of attack to force their way down the field and capped off their first drive of the second half with a 27-yard touchdown rush from Courtney. Washington scored next on a run up the middle and a dive across the goal line.
Finally, Bussey was handed the ball on a jet sweep before he marched down the sideline like a grown man playing against boys breaking four tackles on his way to a 52-yard touchdown. Bussey would score once more in this contest, this time on a quarterback keeper that he took around the left side for 11 yards and a third touchdown.
Malachi Blanton would take over for Courtney at running back in the fourth quarter. Blanton is another example of how stacked this Timpson team is. Blanton took a handoff 48 yards for the final Timpson touchdown of the night.
Beckville would score once more to make the final 55-14.
The Bears have swept Region III and now are headed toward a clash with Region IV’s Shiner. Shiner enters their matchup with the Bears holding the same undefeated distinction. The Shiner Comanches have made a habit of playing football in December over the past few years.
Timpson will need to play with a chip on their shoulder if they want their shot at playing in AT&T Stadium for a state title.
Timpson and Shiner will square off in New Caney on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.
Timpson visitor general admission tickets went on sale Monday, Dec. 7 .
To purchase ticket online, link to ticket page - https://www.newcaneyisd.org/Page/11663; once on page, click the "View Events by School" box and select 'Randall Reed Stadium. The playoff games will be listed and you will see the 'Shiner vs. Timpson High School Playoff Game.
For GPS directions to the game, the address is: Randall Reed Stadium, 21360 Valley Ranch Pkwy New Caney, TX 77357.
Thursday's winner of the Class 2A D1 State Semi-Final game will advance to the Texas UIL Class 21 State Championship game the following week to play either Post or Crawford.
For more photos from last week's game against Beckville, please visit: https://lightandchampion.smugmug.com/Timpson-Bears-advance-to-State-Semi-Finals