Timpson comes up on short end in high scoring contest in Hemphill
The Timpson Bears traveled to Hemphill to take on the Hornets for the first non district game of the season and came up short when the final buzzer sounded, 57-39.
After a 30 minute delay due to lightning the Bears took the field.
The Bears got things started when they recovered a fumble with 9:55 on the clock in the first quarter. The Bears capitalized on the possession when Sophomore Camden foster ran in for a touchdown. Giving the Bears a 6-0 lead.
Timpson held Hemphill to four downs, and got the ball back.
The Bears offense again took over with 5:36 left in first quarter. Using only 6 seconds on the clock the Bears score again when junior Semaj Kelly finds the end-zone. Bears-12 Hornets-0
Hemphill managed to get on the board with only 1:19 left in first quarter, after a successful touchdown pass and 2 point conversion the score to end the first quarter was Bears-12 Hornets-8
The second quarter had the Bears scoring with 12:00 on the clock sophomore Braden Courtney scored with a quarterback keeper running 55 yards to the end zone, putting the Bears up by 10. 18-8.
The Hornets took possession, and the Bears defensive back sophomore Issac Mathis initiated a fumble that was recovered by junior Caleb Rawlingson with 11:26 on the clock.
Unfortunately, Timpson could not capitalize on the possession. The next play the Hemphill defense intercepted the Bears ball for a pick 6, and a two point conversion put the Hornets within two. Timpson-18 Hemphill-16.
With 8:46 left in the first half the Hornets took the lead 24-18. Hemphill scored again with 5:55 on the clock as the Hornets increased their lead, 30-18.
Timpson got on the board again when Courtney snuck in on another quarterback keeper, narrowing the gap, 30-24 with Hemphill still on top. The Hornets quickly answered back with points of their own and now led 36-24.
With only 1:47 left in the half Junior Trey Davis ran in for TD. Sophomore Logan Deapae split the uprights for the extra point. The Bears went into the half trailing 36-31
The Hornets put up the first points of the second half after they score on a turnover with 8:54 in 3rd Timpson-31 Hemphill-42
The Bears answered back 2:15 left in thrid when Camden Foster ran in for TD. Courtney ran in for a 2-point conversion putting the Bears within 3 points to end the third period trailing, 42-39.
The fourth quarter belonged to Hemphill as they scored 17 unanswered points the final score was Hemphill-57 to 39 for Timpson.
Head Coach Kerry Therwhanger said overall the game was a good start for a young team.
“We knew coming how big they are, and that they are physical, we thought we would have trouble stopping them,” Therwhanger said. “Giving up the big plays, they hurt us, but over all I thought that we did fairly well considering we are starting some young guys in positions they didn’t play in last year.
“Braden Courtney did a good job at quarterback,” he said. “We have a senior offensive line, but for the most part the other guys are playing in positions they haven’t played in. It was a good experience for the young guys, good conditioning.
“Hemphill has a really good ball club, they made the plays when they needed to,” Therwhanger said. “We made some mistakes that we need to clean up.”
Looking ahead to Friday's game at home against Alto week Therwhanger said he is looking forward to another tough contest.
“It will be a tough test at home, Alto is a state ranked ball club who has made the playoffs for the past 15 years or so, but we will be at home, the home crowd will give them some energy, and we will clean up some of the mistakes we made tonight,” he said after last Friday's game.
Timpson has their home opener this Friday at 7:30 p.m. when they face the Alto Yellow Jackets.
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