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Splendora Loses to Cleveland
October 9, 2013Splendora High School
CLEVELAND, Tx. - Cleveland ran away to victory on Friday night over the Splendora Widcats. The Indians churned out several big yardage runs enroute to the win.
Despite holding a commanding 3-1 time of possession edge, Splendora allowed 2 punt return TDs and several big gainers on the ground. Deon Baldwin returned a punt 89 yards for the first points on the night with 5:21 left in the 1st quarter (Baldwin would later return another punt for a TD) and Cleveland led 7-0 after the Indian kicker booted the PAT. He was 5-5 on PAT attempts for the night.
Quarterback DD Jackson scored on two long runs, as Splendora defenders didn't quite wrap him up and Jackson squirted through to the endzone. Richard Johnson and Eric Lewis scored the other Indian touchdowns.
Splendora rushed for 188 yards on 52 carries in the physical contest. Wildcat sophomore Lucas Plate had a big game for Splendora, clearing the way on Jay Bradford's 12 yard touchdown run. That Wildcat drive covered 69 yards and consumed 6:44 seconds of the game clock. Bradford would finish the contest with 70 yards. Bruising Fullback Stacy Reneau ran for 64 yards on 15 carries. Reneau punished several Cleveland tacklers before they eventually would bring him to the ground. Trey Kinard ran the ball 3 times for 29 yards, including a 19 yarder.
Defensively, Plate was just as physical, having several solo stops. Michael Moore and Toby Clark gave good effort for the 'Cats defense. Punter Tyler Whitmire was a busy man, punting 7 times for 228 yards with a long punt of 43 yards. Following a Whitmire punt, the big hit of the night came when Splendora's Brett Rodriguez popped Cleveland return man Baldwin, causing the football to fly out of Baldwin's arms for a fumble.
A very unusual stat occurred in the first half when the Indians, who led by 20, were held without a legit first down. Splendora was penalized 7 times for 25 yards and Cleveland was flagged 7 times for 60 yards. Both teams were intercepted once with Bradford getting the Wildcat's pick. Splendora completed the only pass of the contest, good for 19 yards from Quarterback Ty Nixon to Receiver Eric Brocken. Tristen Groh returned 6 kickoffs for Splendora for 65 yards.
The Wildcats host Coldspring next Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium.