The Clear Lake Falcons handed the Dickinson Gators their first loss of the season Thursday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Falcons defense the Gatorsscoreless over the last 3 quarters to move to 5-2 on he year and 3-1 in district play.
The Falcons were led on the offensive side of the ball by Senior quarterback Eric Canas who had 124 yards rushing and scored a touchdown.
The story of the evening however was the stout Falcon defense and special teams which held the Gator offense to just 152 yards rushing on the night. The special teams forced a pair of turnovers late in the game on punt coverage to help seal the win for the Falcons.
The Falcons started their game with a very effective initial drive down the field aided by a big run by Hollimon that set up a Cole Heidman 20 yard touchdown scamper.
Dickinson had a pretty impressive first drive of their own going 80 yards on a mixture of passes from quarterback Clay Honeycutt, and runs by running back Darrell Riley. The drive was capped off with a Kenneth Mullins one yard plunge to tie the score at seven.
From that point on the scoring was all Lake as the Falcons added a touchdown on a 45 yard keeper by Canas with 11:11 left in the second quarter, and then a nine yard score by Mack with just 1:31 left in the second quarter that was set up by a 58 yard halfback pass from Hollimon to receiver Cody Rimmick.
Dickinson would get the ball back following the Mack touchdown with hopes of pushing the ball up the field to pull within a score going into the half, but with 16 seconds left, Honeycutt would drop back and Senior defensive end Stephen Barrera would get to him and strip the ball. The Falcons would recover the fumble just inside Gator territory.
In what was one of the more exciting events of the evening Falcons coach Troy Aduddell opted to let Dustin Hopkins attempt a 62 yard field goal that would have tied Hopkins with three others for second all time in Texas High School football history. The crowd was going crazy as they saw the talented kicker take the field, and everyone watched in anticipation.
The snap was handled cleanly and Hopkins made great contact. The ball was definitely on target, but sadly fell just two yards shy of the crossbar.
In the second half the Falcons defense stepped up stopping the Gators several times on fourth and short, and the special teams had a pair of fumble recoveries late on mishandled punts by the Gators to seal the deal.
The Falcons finished out the scoring with a safety by John Witten who sacked Honeycutt in the end zone after the Gators took the ball over on downs on their own half yard line.
The final score came on another Mack run, this time from 1 yard out.
We were able to catch up with Falcon Coach Aduddell after the game to get his thoughts on the win, how he felt his defense and special teams did, and his thoughts on the season so far.
"We played three phases of the ball game in the first half. Special teams, offense, and defense and we got 21 points on them. The defense came out in the second half and was able to keep the intensity.
They were doing a few things defensively that caused us to sputter a little bit. We had one real good drive, but we'll go back and look at it on film and see what they were able to do to slow us down." As to how his punt team was able to get such great coverage and recover two big fumbles in the second half, Coach Aduddell had this to say.
"We have several kickers and tonight we let a young one, a Junior, Jordan Tyrna do his rugby kick o them. He is a soccer player and it is sort of a rugby style kick that kind of floats in the air and they had trouble picking it up. It bounced of their chests and we had great guys get down there and fight for the ball. Two of them got on the ground and we got both of them."
With jut two games left in the season Coach Aduddell shared his thought on the season thus far, as well as a look ahead to next week.
"Our kids are really focused on what to do. We had a great game with The Woodlands. We played a real tough physical game.
Our other loss last week we fumbled on the six going in, so these guys know that they can win a football game, and play with anybody. We've got to stay focused on the job at hand and the job at hand right now is Brazoswood next week."
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