Athens Review, Athens, Texas


August 31, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Big plays key Athens rally over Kaufman, 31-25


Athens —

The Hornets responded quickly, with Sanders finding sophomore wide receiver Travon Fuller wide open over the middle of the field on a 63-yard touchdown pass with 9:34 left. On the ensuing kickoff, Cedillo got too far under the ball on a pooch attempt and Athens' KJ Cumby and Manuel Lugo teamed up to recover what amounted to an onside kick with 9:31 on the clock.

Six plays later, Sanders hit Devin Hall with a seven-yard touchdown pass for the go-ahead score with 8:09 left. Sanders – who scrambled for 26 yards on a third-and-15 to keep the drive alive – then found SMU commit Chris Jefferson in the end zone for a two-point conversion.

Kaufman couldn't get anything going on its next offensive series and was forced to punt. Athens then used its brutal rushing attack to grind out the final 7:24 on the clock, running the ball 15 consecutive times behind great blocking from Nic Fincher, Jared Bailey, Juan Guzman, Barrett Senyckyj, Raul Campa and Josh West.

“When Kaufman called its second timeout there at the end, I looked at those linemen and said, 'If we get two more first downs, we win this game,'” Essary said. “I looked at all of those linemen and told them the game was in their hands – win or lose.

“Those guys looked back at me and said, 'We got it.'”

Athens 31, Kaufman 25

Kaufman  0  12  6  7 – 25

Athens  7  6  3  15 – 31

First Quarter

A – Anthony Sanders 38 INT RET (David Cedillo kick), 5:04

Second Quarter

K – Josh Ramirez 6 run (kick fails), 11:50

A – Sanders 1 run (kick fails), 7:38

K – Clay Rhodes 32 pass to Cameron Duncan (run fails), 4:31

Third Quarter

K – Ramirez 4 run (run fails), 6:42

A – Cedillo 27 FG, 2:20

Fourth Quarter

K – Rhodes 50 run (Eric Mata kick), 10:39

A – Sanders 63 pass to Travon Fuller (Cedillo kick), 9:34

A – Sanders 7 pass to Devin Hall (Sanders to Chris Jefferson pass), 8:09


K             A

First downs         15             19

Rush-yards         42-270             58-289

Passing yards     70             91

C-A-I      4-10-2             4-12-0

Fumbles-lost      0-0             1-0

Punts-avg.          2-48.5             4-37.0

Penalties-yards 2-10             3-16


Rushing – K: Clay Rhodes 6-93; Josh Ramirez 14-54; Laxavier Battee 6-20; Brandon Dabney 2-6; Desmond Williams 7-49; Jacob Holley 6-44; Kevin Morrow 1-4. A: Logan Fuller 26-117; Ladarius Jordan 5-3; Anthony Sanders 13-82; Devin Hall 11-64; Travon Fuller 3-23.

Passing – K: Clay Rhodes 4-10-2-70. A: Anthony Sanders 4-12-0-91.

Receiving – K: Jackson Fritz 3-38; Cameron Duncan 1-32. A: Chris Jefferson 1-7; Chris Givens 1-14; Travon Fuller 1-63; Devin Hall 1-7.



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