Brahmas don't miss a beat against Bulldogs
YOAKUM - Carson Schindler admits it took a while to find Dalton Herrington streaking toward the corner of the end zone, as he rolled out to his right.
But when he saw the junior, he let it rip.
"I saw the ball and saw the pylon," Herrington said. "I just tried to catch the ball and land past the pylon."
Schindler, who filled in for the injured Nate Kowalik at quarterback, completed a 22 yard pass to Herrington with 5:42 left in the game to put the Brahmas up 20-18. It would be the game winning score over Yoakum (2-1).
"The line did a great job," Schindler said after the game. "We call them our super heroes and they really were that play."
Schindler led Halletsville (3-0) to the two-point victory after giving up a 14-3 lead after the second play of the second half, when Teidrick Smith returned a Bulldogs' fumble 65 yards.
"That was pretty significant in the ball game," Yoakum head coach Brent Kornegay said. "Our kids have been through adversity. It's a long game and you can't hang your hat on one specific series."
Bulldogs' quarterback Chase Hermes -who came into Friday night's game with 347 passing yards - had completed just one pass in the first half, but somehow found his groove on Yoakum's third possession in the third quarter to spark the comeback.
Hermes found Blake McCracken on a screen pass and watched as McCracken raced 66 yards for the touchdown, making the score 14-10. Hermes would go on to finish with 240 yards through the air and two touchdowns.
"He's an awesome quarterback," Hallettsville head coach Tommy Psencik said. "I'd be proud to have him. He's a good one."
None of his eight completions were bigger than the 69-yard pass and catch to Keith Ratley along the left side of the field. That score gave the Bulldogs' their only lead of the night, 18-14.
"That was a call between him and Ratley," Kornegay explained. "We give them that option at any time."
Ratley finished the night with two catches for 90 yards and the lone touchdown. None of that came in the first half however. Yoakum, as a team, was held to just 40 yards of total offense.
"We really didn't do anything different than what we always do," Psencik said. "I thought our kids played at a higher pace.
While his counterpart struggled to find his receivers for most of the game, Schindler was consistent throughout. The starting quarterback for Hallettsville in 2011 completed 14 of his 24 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Herrington proved to be his favorite target with five catches for 75 yards.
Schindler's first touchdown pass came in the first quarter, on a short 11 yard pass to Jimario Grounds, who did a little dance to stay in bounds.
That experience from a year ago, plus the tutoring from Kowalik, is what helped Schindler keep his cool on the humid night.
"Nate was big help," the senior signal caller said. "We watched hours of film after school. I wasn't really jittery because I had been there before."
With Kowalik headed for surgery on his knee next week, Schindler will remain behind center for the foreseeable future. For Psenick and the rest of the Brahmas, that's just fine.