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Angleton Retains Top Spot in District, Bay City to play

By Simon DeSoto
Oct. 20, 2011 at 5:20 a.m.

By Simon DeSoto

The lead in District 23 4-A was retained by Angleton on Friday night as they showed their prowess with a a 28-7 victory over the Bay City Blackcats.

Angleton came into the game with a 3-0 District record and also an 7-0 overall record for the season.

The Blackcats were looking to blemish the Wildcats spotless record, but could not contain University of Houston verbal commit, Angleton running back Ryan Jackson, who had his way with the Blackcat defense.

Bay City started the game by receiving the opening kickoff, but went three downs and had to punt. Bay City was called for a personal foul on the play and Angleton took possession on the Bay City 22 yard line.

This is when Jackson took control by making an exciting 12 yard touchdown run for the initial score of the night for the Wildcats. It only took the Wildcats 2 plays on a 22 yard drive to start the scoring.

Bay City then sustained a nine play drive but was forced to punt the football after not being able to convert on 3rd down.

The Cats recovered a fumble on the punt and were set up in Angleton territory at the 16 yard line. Bay City drove the ball to the Wildcats one yard line, but was penalized and also Derek Brown was sacked on the drive. Bay City stalled and the Cats kicker, Shane Reynal attempted a 28 yard field goal with 6:12 left until halftime. The attempt was no good, with the Cats failing to convert after having excellent field position.

Angleton then took the ball from their 20, marching down the field in 10 plays to get to the Bay City 19 yard line before their drive stalled.

Wildcats kicker, Tyler Bludau then attempted a 36 yard field goal which fell short to end the first half.

Angleton took the opening kickoff, after deferring the opening coin toss of the game, and Ryan Jackson exploded for an 82 yard kickoff return and a Sammy Rodriquez extra point to make the score 14-0 in the Wildcats favor very quickly to start the 2nd half.

On the ensuing kickoff to Bay City, no Blackcat player made an attempt to field the kickoff and Wildcat, Josh West recovered the kickoff on the Bay City 19 yard line.

It only took Jackson 1 play to make the 19 yards touchdown upping the score to 20 to nothing with 11:35 left in the 3rd quarter. Jackson went into the Cats end zone untouched on his run. The PAT was not good.

Bay City was finally able to light up the scoreboard with 2:39 left in the 3rd quarter when Derek Brown found Larry Cunningham on a fade route in the end zone on a 13 yard touchdown pass. The Cats went 45 yards in 5 plays with Shane Reynal converting the extra point to close the gap to 20-7.

Bay City would then make one more visit into Wildcat territory on the night, but turned the ball over on downs with 8:20 left in the game.

Angleton took the ball and drove 10 plays before Josh West took the ball on a 2 yard run for the final touchdown of the night with 3:14 left in the game. The two point conversion, was good, a T. J. Austin to Kenric Dudley pass play, making the final score 28-7.

On the night, Wildcat Ryan Jackson ran for a game high, 102 yards on 15 attempts against the Blackcat defense.

Bay City playmaker for the night was Derek Brown with a 54 yard rushing night and a 12 for 27 passing night for 144 yards and one touchdown by way of the pass to Larry Cunningham for the Cats lone score. Cunningham made 2 catches on the night for 21 yards and one touchdown.

The Blackcats put up a total of 226 yards total offense on the night compared to 322 for the Wildcats, but the Blackcats were sacked 5 times for losses by the Angleton defense.

Bay City will now concentrate on their arch rival, the El Campo Ricebirds. Bay City takes a 1-1 District record into the ball game on Friday night will be trying to redeem their ways by way of the Ricebirds.

Bay City fell to the El Campo Ricebirds last year by a score of 38-14. They will be going all out to get back on the winning ways and this intense rivalry will be nothing but an all out shootout from the opening kickoff until the final whistle.

The Bay City-El Campo game will be broadcast live on Happy Radio, 92.5 FM or on the web at for those who can’t make it to Memorial Stadium for this epic battle of high school football teams in the State of Texas.



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