The Spring Lions (13-5A, 2-0 overall, 0-0 district) took to their home turf at Leonard George Stadium like a team that had something to prove. Often a team that hasn't lived up to pre-season expectations or has lived in Westfield's shadow, the Lions showed they wouldn't be making the same mistakes this season when they walloped the Humble Wildcats (15-5A, 1-1 overall, 0-0 district) 35-7.
And as lopsided as that score is, it still doesn't tell the full tale of how the Lions dominated from start to finish, although the third quarter was a bit dragging for their offense. Spring head coach Sonny Karas said that the team had taken big strides toward finishing stronger, which he named in the pre-season as one of the things the team had concentrated on the most.
"Any win is big in our district," Karas said. "We came out to put them away. We didn't do that until the forth quarter … but I'm proud of our kids."
Humble started out at a tremendous deficit without their stud quarterback Keith Baker. Junior Jacobe Green stepped in behind center for most of the game and gave it a valiant effort, but the Wildcats seemed disorganized and lost without Baker.
Spring got off to a strong start, scoring not even two minutes into the game on their first possession. Senior quarterback Kenric McNeal handed-off to DaRel Haynes, who ran it in 39 yard to put the Lions up 7-0.
In his first outing, Green showed promise when he ran right through a pack of Lions to advance the ball. The Wildcat offense came up empty, as they would through the whole first half, as the Lion defense, lead by LynCarlos Madumere, Donta Burnett, Darren Brantley and Cody Pflughoeft, kept them from finding the endzone.
With just over a minute left in the first quarter, McNeal handed-off to junior running back Corey Phillips, who ran it in two yards to drive the score up 14-0. In the second quarter, after an impressive series of play that included senior running back DaRel Haynes' first big run of the night, and just after Phillips recovered his own fumble, McNeal tossed the ball four yards to senior wide receiver Darrell Petry to make the score 21-0 in the the second quarter.
Madumere, after contributing several huge tackles, stopped the first viable Humble threat for a touchdown when he cut short a 40-yard run by senior running back Jamal Brown.
Lion senior linebacker Phillip Hengeveld put up some impressive numbers as well, when he, along with Pflughoeft, sacked Green for a 15-yard loss early in the third. Later in the same quarter, Hengeveld would add another sack and a fumble recovery.
Humble's chances seemed even more dismal after junior kicker Walter Pinon missed a field goal from 31 yards out. The finally found their way onto the board early in the fourth quarter, when quarterback Javelle Allen sailed a 62-yard pass to senior receiver Cody Tucker to make the score 21-7.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the Lions also had a big quarter, scoring
two more times – one off a 22-yard pass from McNeal to star receiver Dakota Dill, and the other off an eight yard run from Haynes with less than a minute
left – to make the final score 35-7.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the Lions also had a big quarter, scoring two more times – one off a 22-yard pass from McNeal to star receiver Dakota Dill, and the other off an eight yard run from Haynes with less than a minute left – to make the final score 35-7.
Karas said that while the Lions were proud of their 2-0 record and had
high expectations for the future, they didn't intend to rest on their laurels
Karas said that while the Lions were proud of their 2-0 record and had high expectations for the future, they didn't intend to rest on their laurels long.
"It's just a win; we got to keep improving," Karas said, remarking
on how tough district 13-5A is.
"It's just a win; we got to keep improving," Karas said, remarking on how tough district 13-5A is.
Next Sat., Sept. 13, the Lions face
Next Sat., Sept. 13, the Lions face