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Big Thicket Messenger - September 2008

Big Thicket area teams did not fare as well as zero week as several teams lost their games on Friday, September 5. 

Hardin Hornets vs. Tarkington Longhorns

The only team that won in our immediate area on Friday was the potent Hardin Hornets, beating the Tarkington Longhorns by a score of 21-7. The Hornets are now 1-1 for the season.

The Hornets will play host to the Shepherd Pirates for their first home game on Friday, September 12. Game time is at 7:30 p.m.

Hull-Daisetta Bobcats vs. the Tenaha Tigers

The Hull-Daisetta Bobcats left their fieldhouse on Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. in order to arrive at the Tenaha Tiger field to play host to a team that was explosive.

The Bobcats, who had defeated the Hardin Hornets last week, went to work and try to keep the Tigers in check.

The Bobcats scored their first touchdown at the 7:10 mark in the first quarter. The Hull-Daisetta team hung close to the Tigers as they also kicked a field goal adding another 3 points.

The Tigers scored at the 6:14 mark of the first quarter as their possession took only one minute and seven seconds to score. The Tigers clawed through their next possession and scored at the 5:23 mark with a drive that lasted only thirty-seven seconds.

At the beginning of the second quarter the Tigers were on the prowl again and at the 10:53 mark their drive ended with a score that had taken only two minutes and forty-seven seconds. This left the score at 21-10.

After an interception by defensive back Marlon McClure, the Tigers lit up the scoreboard again as time ran out in the second quarter. This left the score at 28-10.

The Bobcats did not give up nevertheless. They scored 6 points in the third quarter and the Tigers also scored another 14 points. The score at the end of the third quarter showed 42-16.

The Bobcats had one final score that ended the night for the never say die team from Hull-Daisetta. The final score showed Tenaha at 48 and the Bobcats at 22.

Hull-Daisetta will be open this week.

Dayton Broncos vs. Friendswood Mustangs

The featured team of the week for Channel 2 KPRC News had the Dayton Broncos teamed up against the Friendswood Mustangs.

The game started out promising for Bronco fans as the Broncos kicked off to the Mustangs after winning the coin toss, deferring to the second half.

After Friendswood took the kick they ran it back to the 18-yard line where they started their drive. They gained four yards in their next play, which was a Jacob Karem throw to Xavier. On the next play at the 38-yard line the Mustangs Quarterback threw a pass that was intercepted by Xavier Edwards. After a 4-play drive, which included a 25-yard throw and run drive to A.J. Dugat. Green then threw to Berotte for a 25-yard gain. Quarterback Green then unloaded a quick one to Dugat to make the score 6-0. The Broncos were in business as the extra point try was good leading 7-0.

The Broncos then again kicked off to Friendswood where they again fumbled at the 22-yard line. However, Dayton was unable to do anything with this miscue.

Again, the Broncos kicked and Karem went to work. However, he was again intercepted by a Bronco defender at the 31-yard line. The Broncos did not score again.

Karem took over at the 42-yard line and carried his team down the field for their first score of the night. It took them only 6 plays to score, leaving the game tied at 7-7.

The Broncos threw several passes that gained some yardage, however they had their first mistake of the night fumbling on their own 9-yard line.

The Mustangs were not through with their scoring in the first half.  They carried the ball down the field in a series of runs and passes and at the 38 yard line Karem threw a 38 yard pass into the endzone making the score after the extra point, 14-7 at halftime.

The Broncos went into the fieldhouse and came back out ready to play again as on the kickoff Cameron LaCour ran the ball back 82 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was no good leaving the Broncos one point down.


The Mustangs came right back and scored with a run back to the 31-yard line. The Quarterback threw a long one at the 9:29 mark of the third quarter and scored making the tally at 21-13.

The Broncos had to kick off holding the Mustangs on their next drive to a 3 and out.

The Mustangs scored only one more time at the 3:27 mark after Karem handed off to White who went straight up the middle for a touchdown.  No other scores were recorded in the third quarter, but the scoreboard showed Mustangs 28, Broncos 13.

The Mustangs scored again at the 7:31 mark after a series of long passes and runs. This seemed insurmountable with the score at 35-13. The Mustangs did score one more time leaving the score for them at 42.

The Broncos who never quit took the next kickoff and after a series of throws from Green to Dugat, Berotte,  and Plough,  the Broncos had to give up the ball on a loss of downs.

The Broncos had a fumble recovery by N.L. Hines at the 18-yard line and run it in at the 3:15 mark in the fourth quarter. The 2-point conversion from Green to Dugat was good leaving the score at 42-21.

Green had a great night of passing with a total of 263 yards passing as Dugat carried and had seven receptions for a total of 153 yards.

The Broncos will have their first of two open dates this Friday to look at the game tapes, practice and heal and will begin District play on September 19 against Kingwood Park at home.

Liberty Panthers vs. Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns

For the second consecutive week the Liberty Panthers had the advantage of playing at Memorial Stadium in Liberty. The Panthers however fell behind by a score of 21-7 at halftime.

The visiting Horns took their first possession as they went 44 yards in five plays to pay dirt. Quarterback Jake Miraldi finished the drive off with a 7-yard run with 7:53 left in the first quarter.

Their next score was after a Liberty Panther fumble just into the second quarter. After only two plays the Horns were up 14-0.

The Panthers made their comeback after Jeff Gibbs ran straight up the middle to score with 1:12 left to go. The drive took 13 plays and went 62 yards. The score was 14-7.

The Horns came back into the game back from halftime to run off 20 more points in the second half, whereas Liberty could only manage 20 total points for the night.

Bright spots for the Panthers on  the night were quarterback Jon Erik “Bubba” Zalesak who passed 11 times, completing six for a total of 44 yards. JeMarcus Glenn was the game’s top rusher with 156 yards on 24 carries. Jeff Gibbs also had a net gain of 106 yards on 17 carries.

The Panthers must overcome their fumble troubles as they will again play at home this week against the potent Orangefield Bobcats in a 7:30 p.m. contest Friday night, September 12.

Other local scores included the Livingston Lions being defeated by the Bellville Brahmas by a score of 26-22. Cleveland took their contest by a score of 48-0 against Bryan Rudder. The Shepherd and West Hardin scores were unavailable.

Football schedules for all area football teams can be found on the Messenger football page each week. Please support all of the Big Thicket area football teams.










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