Industrial Clocks Panthers
-Contributed photo by James Granger
By Michael Brooks,
On Friday night in Aransas Pass, it seems the only thing working against the Cobras trying to move to 2-0 in district play was the game clock which was not working. The Cobras offense ran almost untouched and the defense shut down the Panthers on their way to a 42-0 victory. The score could have been much worse but Industrial was subbing in second and third string players in the second half.
Industrial opened the scoring on the third play of the game when Matthew David turned the corner and was gone, 70 yards later the Cobras put their first points on the board with a 7-0 lead. The game clock may or may not have been correct as it read 10:33 when Davis scored, but it sure wasn’t correct moving forward.
After a failed series by the Panthers, the Cobra offense went back to work. This time Davis connected with Mason Roe for a 34 yard pick up to the Aransas Pass 14 and then Davis hit Brock Duarte for the 14 yard touchdown completion to give the Cobras a 14-0 lead.The game clock read 5:33 in the first quarter.
Again Aransas Pass was forced to punt, but on this Cobra drive, Davis made a rare mistake and threw an interception, as the first quarter came to a close. A few plays later, Davis made up for it by getting his own interception at the Cobra 15 and then followed a line of blocker 85 yards for the third Cobra touchdown of the night. Despite being a series into the second quarter, the game clock read 12:00.
On the following Panther drive, Tayte Karl came up with an interception.
Clay Martin opened the next drive with some tough running, Roe and Devin Barr both brought in a first down catch, and then Davis finished the drive with short touchdown run to give the Cobras a 28-0 lead.
On the next Panther drive Clearance Hosey came up with an interception. Aransas Pass attempted four passes in the first half and three of them were intercepted by Cobras.
After a rare failed series by Industrial, Aransas Pass was lining up to run a play when the stadium announcer let everyone know it was halftime.
Moving in to the third quarter, Industrial kept it up as Davis found Barr who caught the ball one handed and coasted to the endzone for a 35-0 Cobra lead. After this score the Cobras started substituting starters.
In the fourth quarter, with Roe taking over at quarterback, Industrial put together one more successful drive. Ean Chreene ate up most of the yardage on the drive with some tough running and Roe finished it off with a quarterback sneak to get the final 42-0 score. With no clock, the game abruptly ended as Aransas Pass was getting ready to run a play.
The win moves the Cobras into a three way tie atop the district with Edna and Palacios. Mathis sits in the middle at 0-1 and Orange Grove, Goliad, and Aransas Pass sitting at 0-2.
With Industrial hosting Mathis, Edna hosting Aransas Pass, and Palacios being off, if all goes how it should, the battle between the top three teams will begin the following Friday when Industrial faces Palacios.