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Athletic Hall of Fame
8th Finishes the Great Night
October 29, 2012By Dave Bell of Splendora High School
The Splendora Wildcats took on the Tarkington Shorthorns and walked away with a big win and a tie. The ‘Cats and the ‘Horns traded momentum back and forth all night. And when the last set of lights went out the Wildcats had both the Momentum and the lead.
The opportunistic Wildcats took advantage of two Shorthorn fumbles. Ryan Roebuck caused the first late in the first quarter. Abel Vidaurri punched in a quarterback sneak from one yard out. Jonathan Gomez added the kick to make it 7-0.
Splendora then answered a ‘Horn touchdown with another one of their own. Dillon Vickers capped an outstanding drive with a 5 yard TD run. Vickers had numerous tough runs on this 2nd quarter drive that gave the Wildcats a 13-8 lead. The team from the town Northeast of here again scored again as the half ended with the score 16-13 and the big Mo on their side.
Defense dominated the third quarter and neither team could get an offense going. Finally, at the end of the quarter, Splendora had some offensive movement in their favor. However, the drive stalled at the end of the quarter on the Shorthorn 12 yard line. Two plays later, the “horns lost a fumble when Ryan Hoffart stripped the ball away from the runner and Aaron Nowack recovered it on their one yard line. Rocky Anderson plunged into the end-zone. Vickers finished his fantastic night when he punched in the PAT with seven minutes left in the game.
After the Wildcats recovered the onside kick, the lights went out and the decision was wade to discontinue play due to only one of the four lights being operational. Thus the game was over and the Wildcats won 21-16.
The B team Cats were caught in a fight, too. Emmitt Champagne scored the lone touchdown for Splendora to ties the game at six. The teams fought back and forth the entire game and neither could get across the goal line. The game ended with the Wildcats on the Shorthorn five yard when time expired.
Cody Shelton, Jerry Gonzales, Wyatt Hansen and Josh Tarver all had outstanding effort in the stalemate.