Lumberjack youth make impact

The Diboll defense played a solid first half, and the Diboll offensive youth movement showed signs of life in the second half, but Madisonville put together four quarters of solid play on both sides of the ball to hand the Lumberjacks their fifth straight loss to start the 2013 season, this one 41-12 Friday night at Lumberjack Stadium.

Madisonville scored midway through the first quarter on a Grant Smith 12-yard TD pass from Jaylen Smith. The Diboll defense then held Madisonville out of the end zone until 25 seconds left in the first half when Jaylen Smith threw his second touchdown, this one to Rikelian Wiley.

Antwoine Curtis extended Madisonville’s lead to 21-0 on a 16-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter.

From there, the Lumberjacks pretty much kept pace.

Sophomore quarterback Kevin Hurley and senior receiver Raive Sheppard connected again as they did last week, this time on a 37-yard touchdown pass midway through the third, taking the score to 21-6.

Jaylen Smith threw for his third touchdown, this one to Grant Smith from 34 yards away, and then Donald Roundtree scored on a 13-yard run to put Madisonville up 35-6.

However, Diboll wasn’t through. Freshman running back Desmond Shelby scored on a 3-yard run for the game’s final score.

Shelby entered the game in the second half and finished with 75 yards on nine carries. Hurley finished with 91 yards on 9-of-22 passing.

Leading Madisonville were Curtis with 122 yards on 22 carries; Jaylen Smith with 127 yards through the air; and Grant Smith with 90 yards on four receptions.

Diboll will be back in action on Friday night as it travels to Tatum for its final non-district tuneup.hurley 8381