The Diboll Lumberjacks put together some lengthy drives and made some big defensive stops, but the efforts didn’t translate into a win as they fell 34-7 to the Center Roughriders on Friday in Center.
The Diboll defense kept their opponent out of the end zone through the first 13 minutes of the contest. Center did put together an extended first drive, but James Moreland and Deverick Thompson put a stop to it with back-to-back tackles-for-loss.
Diboll followed with a drive of its own, with a heavy dose of running back Desmond Shelby and one run by quarterback Kevin Hurley Jr. that produced two first downs. However, the drive ended with a fumble.
Center took over and got two first downs before Moreland forced a fumble and Jose Colleo recovered.
The Lumberjacks got to the Center 33 before turning the ball over on downs.
Center mounted its first scoring drive from there, finally putting it across on a 16-yard pass with 10:54 left in the second quarter.
The Roughriders scored twice more in the next 7:30 to take a 21-0 lead.
Diboll put together another drive that ended with the halftime buzzer. 10-play drive took Diboll from its own 43 yard line to the 17. Shelby got the drive goin with runs of 12, 7, 5 and 2 yards. Then, with time becoming critical, Hurley took over, connecting with Christian Palacio for 7 yards and then running for 3 yards for a first down. After an incomplete pass into the end zone, Hurley scrambled and hit Shelby with a shuffle pass as time ran out.
The Roughriders were on the move again to start the second half, using screen passes for two first downs. However, Patrick Johnson was in on a fumble that halted the drive.
Center did manage to score on a 12-yard pass with 5:51 left to play in the third quarter, taking a 27-0 lead.
The Lumberjacks then put together one of their best drives of the season – 13 plays, 73 yards, 5 first downs. Shelby rushed seven times for 34 yards to keep things going. Hurley completed passes to Ceilance Bailey for 13 yards and to Ja’Marcus Polk for 21 yards. And, it was Hurley scoring on a 3-yard keeper.
Things got exciting for Diboll fans on the ensuing kickoff when Center fumbled and Felix Guillen recovered at the Center 30. Shelby managed 9 yards but just couldn’t get the first down on fourth-and-1.
However, the Diboll defense held again as Samuel Scott intercepted a pass to set the Lumberjacks back up at the 48. But, the drive stalled without a first down.
The Roughriders scored their final TD with 6:02 remaining. Diboll had two more drives that included runs by Shelby of 6 and 13 yards (first down), Hurley-to-Bailey pass of 8 yards, a Hurley-to-Scott pass for 5 yards (first down), and another first-down completion to Raive Sheppard. The final offensive play for Diboll was a 4-yard screen pass to Bailey.
Hurley finished the night with 99 yards on 9-of-31 passing. Shelby continued to show promise for the ‘Jacks future as he was the work horse for Diboll, carryng the ball 35 times for 154 yards.
Jasper (3-2, 0-0) at Diboll (0-7, 0-1)
Last week: Jasper 21, College Station 16. Center 34, Diboll 7.
Next week: Jasper vs. Carthage. Diboll, bye.
This week, Diboll will face another stiff test in trying to prevent an 0-8 start as it hosts a Jasper team that is riding some momentum after closing non-district play with back-to-back wins.
While everyone else in the district was starting district play last week, Jasper got in one final tune-up escaping with a 21-16 win over College Station.
In that game, Jasper roared out to a 21-0 halftime lead but had to survive a scare in holding on for the five-point victory.
Jasper got on the board early when it capitalized on a College Station turnover as Steven Walker hit JaMarcus Reed for a 40-yard touchdown strike, making it 7-0.
Terrance Cuney made it 14-0 in Jasper’s favor when he scored on a four-yard run later in the half.
After yet another College Station turnover, Cuney scored his second touchdown of the game to make it 21-0 just before the half.
But after pitching a shutout for three quarters, Jasper almost let that entire 21-point slip away. Over the final nine minutes.
College Station trimmed the deficit to 21-9 on a touchdown pass and safety then made it a five-point game on another touchdown pass. But Jasper held on from there to finish non-district play at 3-2.
Cuney finished the night with 88 yards on 16 carries.
Center (1-6, 1-0) at Carthage (6-1, 1-0)
Last week: Center 34, Diboll 7.
Carthage 55, H’ton 6.
Carthage vs. Jasper.
Center at Huntington.
The Roughriders shrugged off a winless non-district slate by rolling to a 34-7 win over the Lumberjacks in the district opener. An offense that had shown improvement throughout the season hit its stride in rolling to an easy win in impressive fashion.
Caiden Rainbolt was the story of the night for Center as he threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns against the Diboll secondary.
Freshman Octavious Evans had a big night for the Roughriders with 106 yards and a touchdown on 12 receptions.
The Roughriders didn’t scratch the scoreboard in the first quarter but made up for it by outscoring Diboll 21-0 in the second frame. Center got on the board when Rainbolt hit Jacorey Bolton for a 19-yard score that made it 7-0.
That lead grew to 14-0 when Dejalen Preston caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Rainbolt.
Center put one more score on the board before half on an Evans’ 11-yard touchdown pass from Rainbolt.
The Roughriders continued to add on to that lead in the third quarter when Burns caught Rainbolt’s fourth touchdown pass a 13-yarder, that made it 27-0.
After Diboll finally got on the board in the fourth quarter, Jemarcus Jones scored on a one-yard run to make the final 34-7.
Center will take a big step up in competition this week as it takes on a Top 10 Carthage team.
As expected the Bulldogs were never threatened in the district opener rolling to a 55-6 win over an overmatched Huntington Red Devil team.
Blake Bogenschutz had another banner night for Carthage by throwing for 267 yards and five touchdowns.
The Bulldogs got their first 14 points of the game on the Bogenschutz-to-Tee Goree connection. The first score came from 15 yards out and the second was from 22 yards.
Tevin Pipkin broke free for a 70-yard run upping the margin to 21-0.
Bogenschutz then hit O’keeron Rutherford for 16-yard touchdown to make it 28-0.
Just before the half, Keldrean Armstrong caught a five-yard scoring strike from Bogenschutz for a 35-0 advantage.
Bogenschutz got his final touchdown pass of the night, a five-yarder to Keldrean Armstrong that made it 42-0 before Carthage unloaded its bench.
But the backups were still able to put up some points as Bryian Bolton scored from five yards out to make it 48-0. After Huntington finally got on the board late in the game Juston Clouth Returned the following kickoff 71 yards to make the final 55-6.
Huntington (1-5 0-1)
Last week: Carthage 55 Huntington 6.
Next week: vs. Center
The Red Devils have shown vast improvement throughout the season but ran up against a buzzsaw in the district opener dropping a 55-6 decision to Carthage.
In that game, Jeremiah Robertson led the Red Devils with 79 rushing yards.
After falling in a 48-0 hole in the fourth quarter Taylor Evans finally got the Red Devils on the board with a seven-yard touchdown. That momentum was short lived as Carthage returned the following kick for a TD.
Following that loss the Red Devils will have a week off to prepare for the final three games of the season.
That stretch starts with a home game against Center next week.
- Cody Havard contributed the Roundup information