Timpson starts slow, finishes strong in 47-14 victory over Leon

It's on to 2A Regionals for undefeated Bears for a rematch against Garrison Bulldogs after Timpson knocked Leon out of playoff action last week, 47-14

The Timpson Bears are headed to the regional round of the playoffs following a 47-14 win over the Leon Cougars.

Despite what the final score may tell you, this game was closer that you would suspect. Timpson has been on a roll since the season opened.

They have rarely played an opponent from behind, but the Cougars were able to hold onto the lead until just before time expired in the first half.

“I thought we played a really bad first half and a really good second half,” said Coach Kerry Therwhanger. “A tale of two halves. I thought we did a really great job staying focused, not getting down on ourselves. With three turnovers there in the first half, it would have been easy to do. Even with all that, we’re still leading at the half. We eliminated our mistakes and good things happen.”

The Bears received the opening kickoff but were quickly stopped by Leon’s defense. The Cougars then marched the ball down the field and shoved one in for an early 8-0 lead following the successful two-point conversion.

Timpson was able to push the ball down the field on the following drive, and Braden Courtney took the ball across the goal line for his first of three touchdowns on the night.

The Bears defensive line was trouble for the Cougars. They were able to get healthy amounts of penetration to attack the quarterback.

Leon, being a well-coached team, was able to make adjustments. As the Bears shot through the offensive linemen of Leon, the Cougars began to employ the strategy of screen passes. This tactic would work for a time, but the likewise well-coached Timpson Bears were able to make adjustments of their own. Leon would find their way into the endzone to add six points to their lead.

Timpson’s first half was less than ideal with the three turnovers mentioned by Therwhanger. The first was a fumble recovered by the Cougars and the remaining two were interceptions. 

Courtney was able to tie the game at 14 with 3:08 left in the half on a 17-yard touchdown rush. Timpson was able to shut down the Cougars on the ensuing drive to give them a shot at the lead headed into halftime.

With only four seconds remaining on the clock, Timpson called upon the leg of Logan Depaepe. Depaepe was up to the challenge sending the 25-yard kick through the uprights to give Timpson a 17-14 advantage headed into the second half.

Dapaepe also wreaked havoc from the defensive line for the Bears. He broke though the Cougar line to tally four sacks and one tackle for a loss. Unfortunately, Depaepe came up injured in the second half and was unable to return to play.

“Logan, he’s just got a motor. He plays one-hundred miles an hour every single snap. And we trust him on those kicks also. He’s made a couple for us now, and he’s been really good for us on extra points.” Said Therwhanger.

Freshman standout, Terry Bussey was able to rack up a pair of big-play touchdowns for the Bears in the second half. Quarterback LT Washington was able to get Bussey the ball for a 71-yard touchdown pass, and a 56-yard touchdown pass as well.

Washington was also the last Bear to cross the goal line. He played the read option to perfection, opting to keep the ball rather than hand off and it netted him a touchdown rush on short yardage.

Timpson is now poised to take on a very familiar opponent. The Garrison Bulldogs finished three spots behind the Bears in district play but have somehow fought their way into the regional round of playoffs.

This sets up part two of the 2020 Battle of the Attoyac. Timpson was able to defeat the Bulldogs 34-6 in their last meeting. The Bears would do well to avoid taking Garrison lightly. The Bulldogs have pulled off two weeks’ worth of playoff upsets and hope to make it a third.

 

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