Ash Shines in Opener

Waco, Tx – The Belton Tigers held off a tough Waco Lions team on Thursday night 35-24 on the strength and toughness of junior quarterback David Ash. The Tigers who were 3-7 last season with the help of a forfeit, look like a team that will push for a playoff spot in the rugged 12-5A district. Burnt Orange Beat was on hand to file this report and photo gallery on one of Texas's best of 2011.

David Ash from Belton is already considered one of the top signal callers in the state of Texas for the 2011 class. On Thursday, Ash had a terrific opener as he led his team to an eleven point victory on the road in which he accounted for four touchdowns.

After a slow start to the season where Ash fumbled his first zone read handoff and missed his next three passes, Ash finally led his team down the field for an opening score on the third Tiger series. Ash drove his team 69 yards capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Anthony Huber. On the previous play, Ash hit Huber for 16 yards to get the team near the goal line.

After a successful onsides kick call, Ash threw a pretty deep post to T.J. Scholars for a 50-yard touchdown strike to put his team ahead 14-0.

The teams went to the locker room at 14-3 after an 80-yard drive by Waco that ended in a field goal.

Ash's unofficial stat line at halftime was 10-18, 187 yards, 1 TD (50 yards), 1 INT and four rushes for -12. After halftime, Ash was on fire as the Lions tried to fight back into the game. But Ash always had an answer.

In Ash's first two second half drives, he was 9-11 for 113 yards and 2 TDs. The first second-half touchdown was a 4-yard out to the running back in the flat with heavy pressure in his face while the second touchdown was a pretty touch pass on a wheel route for 21 yards.

Ash capped off his night with a two-yard run for the final Belton score.

Unofficially, Ash threw for 324 yards on 21-31 and three touchdowns with only one interception. He also added 24 rushing yards on 12 attempts and another score.

On the recruiting front, Ash attended just one college camp this summer and it was the June 14 Texas camp. Ash says that he is not focused on recruiting right now and is striving to have a great junior season.

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