The Grace Community Cougars defeated the San Augustine Wolves, 46-33, to open the 2013 season in the Tyler Football Classic sponsored by Azalea Orthopedic and Texas Spine and Joint Hospital.
Grace’s Kade Clayton led the offense with 279 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries, including a 75-yard explosion down the middle of the field for the Cougars’ first score.
First-quarter action was controlled early by the Wolves as they were able to score on their opening drive, capping it off with an 11-yard TD reception from Jamikel Roberts to Dez Randle. Ben Eberlan converted the extra point to give the Wolves the early advantage.
The Cougars then fumbled the ensuing kickoff to give the Wolves a short field and allowing another Roberts to Randle touchdown on a 35-yard pass.
The second quarter proved to be just as successful for both offenses. The Cougars scored on a 13-yard pass from Chandler Nutt to Jonny Spitzer. San Augustine countered with another Roberts pass, this time to Jarvis Smith for 25 yards.
Grace put up seven more after an 8-yard touchdown run for Clayton, going into halftime tied at 21.
The third quarter was all Grace as the Cougars scored three times, twice on passes from Nutt to Spitzer, and the third on a 25-yard run for Clayton. Two failed conversions would limit the tally, however, with the score at 40-21 after the end of the period.
Despite their efforts, the Wolves could not even the score although they recorded a touchdown as time expired.
San Augustine’s Jamikel Roberts led the offense with 148 rushing yards and finished 10 for 21 passing with four touchdowns.
Grace was led by both Clayton and Nutt who had 279 and 101 yards rushing, respectively. Clayton accounted for three touchdowns on the ground. Jonny Spitzer had a strong night receiving with 103 yards on five receptions with three touchdowns receiving.
Grace Community continues its season next Friday as they host Mineola. San Augustine has a bye week next week and they will resume action at home against Deweyville on Sept. 13.
The Tyler Football Classic continues today with Bishop Gorman against Beckville at 7:30 p.m. at Clyde-Perkins Stadium on the Grace campus.
Tyler Football Classic, sponsored by Azalea Orthopedic and Texas Spine and Joint Hospital
Clyde-Perkins Stadium Tyler, Tx
1st 2nd 3rd 4th F
San Augustine Wolves 14 7 0 12 33
Grace Community Cougars 7 14 19 6 46
Scoring by Quarter
SA- 8:11 Jamikel Roberts to Dez Randle 11 yd TD pass. PAT good Ben Eberlan.
SA- 7:18 Roberts to Randle 35 yd TD pass. PAT good Eberlan.
GC- 3:29 Kade Clayton 75 yd TD run. PAT good Cristian Hooper.
GC- 8:39 Chandler Nutt to Jonny Spitzer 13 yd TD pass. PAT good Hooper.
SA- 7:37 Roberts to Jarvis Smith 25 yd TD pass. PAT good Eberlan.
GC- 4:18 Clayton 8 yd TD run. PAT Hooper.
GC- 11:21 Nutt to Spitzer 47 yd TD pass. PAT no good.
GC- 4:30 Nutt to Spitzer 16 yd TD pass. PAT good Hooper.
GC- 1:31 Clayton 25 yd TD run. PAT blocked.
SA- 5:33 Roberts to JD Brown 23 yd TD pass. 2 pt pass incomplete.
GC- 1:32 Zach Tatmun 2 yd TD run. PAT no good.
SA- 0:00 Roberts to Smith 15 yd TD pass. PAT no good.
First Downs 19 19
Rushing Yards- Att 252-45 423-43
Passing Yards 210 103
Passing-Att 11-21-1 7-12-1
Punts- Avg 4- 35.25 0-0
Penalties 13-93 6-60
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1
Rushing- SA- Jamikel Roberts 18-148, Jeremy Jenkins 22-99, Anwar Davis 5-10; GC- Kade Clayton 22-279, Chandler Nutt 13-101, Zach Tatmun 4-21, Jonny Spitzer 2-25, Lucas Nickel 1-2, Andrew Cotton 1- (-5).
Passing- SA-Jamikel Roberts 11-21-210-1; GC- Chandler Nutt 7-11-103-0, Zach Tatmun 0-1-0-1.
Receiving- SA-Jarvis Smith 5-85, Dez Randle 3-68, JD Brown 3-57; GC- Jonny Spitzer 7-103.
Records-San Augustine 0-1, Grace Community 1-0.
Next Up- San Augustine vs Deweyville, Fri. Sept. 13; Grace Community vs Mineola, Fri. Sept. 6.