By Jean Rasbeary
Friday, October 20, was threatening rain all day but the faithful few loaded up and traveled all the way to West Hardin.
Luckily, the rain held off until we returned to Groveton so we were thankful for that. West Hardin won the toss but decided to take the kickoff after the half so both teams lined up and West Hardin tried an onside kick but Groveton covered the ball on the 49 yard line.
Jac Cole took the handoff and ran for 7 yards, Haden Terry attempted a pass but it was incomplete so he ran for 13 and Groveton's first down.
From West Hardin's 29 yard line, Haden passed to Saul Chavez for a 29 yard touchdown. The extra point kick was no good so with 10:50 left in the first quarter, Groveton 6 – West Hardin 0. Saul kicked off to West Hardin and they caught it on their 31 yard line. They had to punt the ball away after three attempts to move the ball and Eli Stewart caught the ball on Groveton's 37 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, Haden Terry completed a pass to Eli Stewart for a beautiful 63 yard touchdown. The extra points were good after a pass from Haden to Dylan Wells.
With 8:54 left in the first quarter, Groveton 14 – West Hardin 0. The Oilers decided to play harder this time as they ran 7 plays and scored on a 22 yard run; the quarterback ran for the two point extra points.
The Oilers kicked off and Luke Taylor caught a fair catch on our 37-yard line. Haden ran for 13 yards, passed to Cade Steubing for 11 and, once again, passed to Saul Chavez for a 39 yard touchdown! Saul also ran in the two-points so with 4:31 left in the first quarter, Groveton 22 – West Hardin 8. Saul Chavez kicked off to the Oilers and they took the ball on the 38 yard line. On the second play, there was a fumble and Groveton's #2, Eli Stewart, came up with the ball on the Oilers' 41-yard line. Terry attempted a pass but it was incomplete, Groveton was then called for a false start pushing the ball back 5 yards. Haden passed to Eli for 13 yards, had an incomplete pass and then passed to Saul for 3 yards and a first down. From the 30 yard line, Haden had another incomplete pass & then connected with Saul for 30 yards and another Indian touchdown.
With 2:14 left in the first quarter, Groveton 28 – West Hardin 8. Groveton tried an onside kick but touched the ball illegally and received another big penalty.
This might be a good place to tell you that the Groveton Indians were penalized 7 times for -70 yards and the West Hardin Oilers were only penalized 2 times for -10 yards. However, they did a horse-collar on Eli Stewart just before he crossed the goal line and Martha Mericle took a picture of a dude holding our guy around the neck but, of course, none of the refs saw that. Regardless, Mr. Torregrossa called their hand on it.
West Hardin started play on the Indians' 42 yard line and 7 plays later, they scored on a 1-yard run by their quarterback. He also ran the two extra points in so with 10:13 left in the 2nd quarter, Groveton 28 – West Hardin 16. The Oilers kicked a 10 yard kickoff and the Indians covered it so play began on the 50 yard line. Haden passed to Davuarrio Horace for a beautiful 50 yard touchdown...uh oh, Mr. Referee said there was an illegal block so it all came back and Groveton started play on the 40 yard line..1st & 25. Haden passed to Eli for 10 yards, had an incomplete pass, passed to Saul Chavez for 15 yards and a first down. Haden passed to Horace for 11 yards, Jac Cole ran for 10 & 3 yards before Haden passed to Saul for a 15 yard touchdown. Haden passed to Jac Cole for the 2 point extra point try, so with 7:41 left until the half, Groveton 36 – West Hardin 16. Saul Chavez kicked off to the Oilers & they started play on their own 25 yard line. Six plays later, they attempted a pass play that was intercepted by Eli Stewart who flew down the field for a 70 yard touchdown! Terry completed a pass to Cade Steubing for the 2 extra points & with 4:17 left until halftime, Groveton 44 – West Hardin 16. Saul kicked off to the Oilers and they began play on their own 41 yard line. On the fourth down with 4th & 7, their pass play was incomplete so the Indians took over on their 44 yard line. However, Terry was intercepted on the 10 yard line, a flag was thrown for holding on them but the referees met & after a long discussion they picked up the flag and said there was no penalty! Eight plays later, Eli intercepted another Oiler pass and carried it 22 yards.
Groveton started play on the Oiler's 38 yard line with a pass play from Terry to Saul for 11 yards, a pass to Eli for 20 yards, and incomplete pass and then a 7 yard pass play to Saul for a touchdown but, wait a minute, the refs called Groveton for a 10 yard penalty so that wiped out the touchdown. From the Oiler's 17 yard line, Haden ran for 9 yards and then passed to Saul for a 12 yard touchdown with :04 left until halftime. The extra points were good with a pass from Terry to Eli. Groveton 52 – West Hardin 16. After two great performances by the bands, Groveton kicked off to the Oilers but the ball was recovered by Cade Steubing so Groveton started play on the 38 yard line. Terry completed a pass to Horace for a -1 yard, the Indians received another -5 yard penalty and with a 2nd & 16, Haden completed a 7 yard pass to Saul, Jac Cole ran for 17 yards and 10 yards for another Indian score. The extra point kick by Trenton Torregrossa was good. Groveton 59 – West Hardin 16. Seven plays later, the Oilers had a 4th & 5 to go and the quarterback was thrown for an 8 yard loss. The Indians took over on the 48 yard line...up jumped the penalty bug again! Groveton had 2 men moving the the backfield so -5, the very next play, Groveton was called for an illegal block.
With a 1st & 30, Cade Steubing completed a 20 yard pass and a 47 yard pass to Eli Stewart. As Eli reached the 1 yard line, an Oiler grabbed him in a "horse collar" tackle & brought him down. Luckily, he was not injured and I suppose we took the play instead of the penalty because nothing was done to the Oilers for the illegal play. Jac Cole then took the ball 1 yard for the Indian's final score of the night. The extra point kick was no good so with 11:36 left in the game, Groveton 65 – West Hardin 16.
Torregrossa kicked off to the Oilers and they started play on the 49 yard line. With their most successful series of plays, they scored seven plays later on a 3 yard run by the quarterback. West Hardin scored with 6:25 left and they received their only two penalties of 5 yards each. Groveton 65 – West Hardin 22.
Groveton started play on the 45 yard line with Cole running for 12 & 13 yards. In order to not run the score up any higher, Haden took a knee four times. With :20 seconds left in the game, the Oilers ran for 25 & 35 yards for their final score of the night. The extra point kick was good. Final Score: Groveton 65 – West Hardin 29.
As you can see, the score could have been even higher. The Indians played very hard even though we keep making mistakes that cost us scores. Right now, it won't matter too much but with the next three ball games, it will matter A LOT!!! Remember: You have to THINK FOOTBALL TO PLAY FOOTBALL!!! Next week is HOMECOMING! Let's don't lose focus Indians...we have a battle to win! Let's give it our best shot! BEAT WEST SABINE!!! GO BIG RED!!!