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Splish splash: JT tops Tigres on soggy night, 20-10

September 30, 2012
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Published on Saturday, 29 September 2012 23:01        Written by Harold Wilson


John Tyler's defense saved enough for a rainy day, scoring the  go-ahead touchdown and keeping the opposing offense out the end zone to  help secure a 20-10 win over Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (Mexico)  before a constant downpour Saturday at Trinity Mother Frances Rose  Stadium.

Tyus Bowser returned a fumble 37 yards for a score late  in the third quarter after UANL knotted the score at 10 moments earlier  following a defensive touchdown of its own.

The Lions offense,  which last year averaged 43 points per game, disappeared over the final  39 minutes. JT tallied 79 yards and two first downs over the final last  three quarters.

JT, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A, closed out  non-district at 4-1. UANL, a three-time national champion from Mexico,  wrapped up its five-game tour through the United States at 1-4.

The Lions left the field immediately after the school song, with head coach Ricklan Holmes disappointed in the outcome.

“It  was a terrible win,” Holmes said. “It was sloppy; it wasn't John Tyler  football. We went out, the elements took over and we played into their  hands.”

UANL's power ground game gave JT enough to handle,  allowing the Tigres to run 59 plays compared to the Lions 41. The  playing conditions caused havoc on JT's porous rushing attack, which  finished with 57 yards total, the second consecutive week the Lions  failed to top the century mark.

“Not being able to do what we  need on the ground hurt us a little bit,” Holmes said. “The defense got  put in some (bad) situations by the offense today. But the defense  played the way they were supposed to.”

After trailing 10-0 through  one quarter, the Mexican powerhouse from Monterrey made it a game after  corralling JT punter Noe Diaz in the end zone due to a botched snap to  cut the Lions advantage to eight before halftime.

Things became  interesting in the third quarter when UANL linebacker Antonio Ovalle  scooped up Rod Smith's fumble and raced 25 yards the other way to trim  it to a two-point game. UANL opted for the two-point conversion and  cashed in courtesy Americo Gonzalez' run to even the score at 10-10 nine  seconds into the third quarter.

JT dodged several bullets to  escape with the win, including a fumble on the ensuing possession, also  recovered by Ovalle. UANL reached the JT 5 before being stopped on  downs.

UANL penetrated the JT red zone again late in the third  quarter before Chris Mobley forced a fumble, and Darion Flowers  recovered at the Lions 12.

JT outgained UANL 184-171 for the  game. The JT secondary held UANL to zero yards passing, putting the game  away late on Elliott Hart's third interception of the season.

JT scored on its first two possessions, but managed only 13 total yards the final 15 minutes of the first half.

A 35-yard field goal by Porfirio Benitez, the first of two by the senior kicker, capped JT's first drive for a 3-0 lead.

The  next JT possession lasted all of one play after Flowers leaked behind  the coverage, pulled in a pass from Greg Ward, and motored in for a  66-yard score and a 10-0 advantage.

The teams combined for five  first downs in the first two quarters. UANL's defensive line controlled  the trenches early, yielding only 14 rushing yards prior to halftime.

“They  didn't come way up here just to lose,” Holmes said of UANL. “They came  to win and fight and that’s what they did. That's a true example of  coming with not as much talent, but a lot of heart.”


John Tyler 20, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon 10

Earl Campbell Field

At Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium

UANL          0   2  8  0--10

John Tyler10   0  7  3--20

First Quarter

JT - FG 35: Porfirio Benitez, 6:36

JT - Darion Flowers 66 pass from Greg Ward (Benitez kick), 3:37

Second Quarter

UANL - Noe Diaz tackled in end zone for safety, 7:47

Third Quarter

UANL - Antonio Ovalle 25 fumble return (Americo Gonzales run), 11:51

JT-Tyus Bowser 37 fumble return (Benitez kick), 2:46

Fourth Quarter

JT - FG 23: Benitez, 1:12

EST. ATT.--750.

                            UANL     JT

First Downs      10            5

Rushes-Yards   53-171  28-57

Passing Yards    0            127

Com.-Att.-Int.       0-6-1      6-13-0

Punts-Avg.           7-33.0    6-35.8

Fumbles-Lost     3-2          3-2

Penalties-Yards1-5            8-75


RUSHING-UANL, Sergio Barbosa 25-62, Francisco Gonzalez 11-42, Americo Gonzalez 9-41, Manuel Torres 7-25, Fernando Gamez 1-1. John Tyler, DeQuante Woods 13-52, Reggie Gipson 3-10, Rod Smith 2-7, Fred Ross 1-4, Dyran McDuff 1-3, Greg Ward 7-(-9), Noe Diaz 1-(-10).

PASSING-UANL, F. Gonzalez 0-3-0--0, Jorge Chavez 0-3-1--0. John Tyler, Ward 6-13-0--127.

RECEIVING-John Tyler, Darion Flowers 2-71, Ross 2-40, Gipson 1-12, Justice Liggins 1-4.

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