The Diboll Lumberjacks took some steps forward in their season progression toward becoming a successful football team during a 28-14 home-opening loss to Corrigan-Camden on Friday, Sept. 6.
While the Jacks never had the lead, they did tie up the game at 7 with just 32 seconds left in the first half. Quarterback Raive Sheppard hit Samuel Scott with an 18-yard touchdown pass.
Scott finished with more than 100 yards receiving, as did Christian Palacio, who scored the Jacks’ other TD.
However, Diboll didn’t get to go into halftime with a tie. The Bulldogs scored 12 seconds later on a Keegan Mitchell 80-yard touchdown run, his second score of the game. Mitchell finished with 210 yards rushing.
Corrigan-Camden increased its lead in the third quarter when Haden Armstrong scored on a 5-yard run at the 5:10 mark. At that point, the Bulldogs led 20-7.
The Lumberjacks scored for the final time with 7:04 left in the game when Sheppard hit Palacio on a 42-yard pass play.
But, the Bulldogs weren’t done. Malyk Johnson (14 rushes, 108 yards) scored on a 12-yard run with 2:39 left in the game, and Mitchell ran in for the two-point conversion.
“Raive (Sheppard) is very quick out of the pocket, but we have worked and talked about some things that we can improve on in the pocket,” said Shane Adair, Diboll head football coach. “We are continuing to get better every day as a team.
“The entire passing game improved from the whole offensive standpoint — blocking, catching, throwing,” he said.
Sheppard completed 9-of-22 passes for 241 yards. Scott finished with 4 catches for 128 yards, and TD, Palacio had 4 catches for 108 yards. Cielance Bailey led the ground game with 17carries for 75 yards.
Corrigan-Camden (2-0) travels to Woodville on Friday, Sept. 13, while Diboll (0-2) travels to Bullard. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Bullard (1-1) suffered its first loss of the season last week, 35-14 to White Oak, which used a big-play offense.
Riley Larkin led White Oak with 124 yards and two touchdowns.
Bullard QB Connor Mebane led the team with 144 yards and a touchdown, and Austin Skelton scored on a 61-yard run.