Gillis: "Glad to play another week"

At TexasPrepInsider our tag line is ‘We are There.' And unlike some publications, we try and get out to the entire Greater Houston (and statewide) area in our coverage. Today we bring you updates from the area playoff match played Saturday night between El Campo and Houston Yates. TPI brings you game-day audio from El Campo coach Bob Gillis after the win. This content is free so check it out.

From start to finish, it was the El Campo football team had the upper hand. In the opening kickoff the Ricebirds recovered a fumble and the Lions never got the chance to bounce back as El Campo moves on after a 28-6 win over Yates Saturday night at Delmar Stadium. 

El Campo's special teams came up big when Cullen Pickett came away with the fumble recovery to give the Ricebirds the ball on the opening kickoff. A few plays later, Wes Condra cashed in with a 3-yard touchdown run to get the Ricebirds on the board.

Minutes after the Ricebird defense held the Lions to a three-and-out with constant pressure coming from Otis Williams and Matthew Montalvo, it was Landon Appling breaking free on a 43-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter extending the lead to 14-0.

The 1-2 combo of Appling and Maverick Smith proved to be too much as both rushed for over 100 yards in the win. Smith led the way with 120 yards while Appling had 114 yards. In short-yardage situations, Bryan Skow came through keeping the chains moving as well. Skow had 36 yards and two touchdowns.

For the Lions, there were not too many moments where the offense or the defense really got clicking. Late in the third quarter, Yates had a few stops, one of which led to a Reginald Perry touchdown from 27 yards out. Perry had 39 yards on the ground. Corey Posey led the Lion rushers with 77 yards.

El Campo will move on in the playoffs and face a tough Brenham squad next week. The game is set for Friday night at 7 p.m. at Spring Branch Tully Stadium. Yates finished the season with a 4-6 record. 

TexasPrepInsider talked with coach Bob Gillis from El Campo after the game to get his thoughts. 

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