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El Campo falls 42-7 to La Grange

By MIKE FORMAN
Nov. 14, 2013 at 5:14 a.m.

El Campo  wide receiver Clayton Harp, center, kneels down after dropping a pass at Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

COLUMBUS - El Campo junior Nick Salyer tried his best to describe a year of ups and downs.

The Ricebirds did their best to battle through inexperience and injuries.

"We came into this year, we had a full team, and we were doing pretty well," Salyer said. "We got running backs hurt, and guys kept going down. It was next man up. We played our best and tried to keep going."

The road came to an end for El Campo (7-3) on Thursday night at Memorial Stadium with a 42-7 Class 3A, Division I loss to La Grange.

The Leopards (10-0) avenged a 35-21 loss to the Ricebirds in last year's bi-district playoffs. La Grange advanced to the area round against the winner of Friday's Pleasanton-Canyon Lake game.

"It was a tough night," said El Campo coach Bob Gillis. "It kind of magnified the last two or three weeks with the injuries that we had. We just couldn't get much going. It's tough without the bullets."

The Ricebirds scored first on a 4-yard run by quarterback Kory Supak with 8:35 left in the first quarter. The touchdown was set up by Andrew Saucedo's 28-yard punt return.

But the rest of the game belonged to La Grange, which got a pair of touchdown runs from running backs Bralon Hutchinson and Rodney Filmore.

El Campo had only 10 first downs - four of which came on its final drive - and 167 yards of offense.

"We have high expectations at El Campo, and it magnifies when you go to the state championship game," Gillis said of last season's team. "We all want to go back, and hopefully, we'll get there before it's over with. Our seniors fought hard, and we all fought hard. It just didn't work out. La Grange is really a good football team."

The Ricebirds also hurt themselves by missing a potential touchdown on a dropped halfback pass. They also had two blocked punts returned for touchdowns by La Grange's Cori Jones.

One of the blocked punts hit the El Campo blocking back, bounced up into the air and into Jones' hands.

"I think we're going to have to learn when something bad happens, we can't let it ruin us," Gillis said. "That's something I hope we take away, and we'll go back to work and come back next year and get ready to go."

Salyer, who had two sacks, and one reception, is ready to get started.

"I got a lot of game experience," he said. "All we have to do is get ready for next year and start working in offseason."

La Grange 42, El Campo 7

La Grange141477--42
El Campo7000--7

First quarter

EC-Kory Supak 4 run (Alex Montes kick), 8:35LG-Bralon Hutchinson 3 run (Marco Cerda kick), 4:32LG-Hutchinson 22 run (Cerda kick), 0:56

Second quarter

LG-Cori Jones 33 blocked punt return (Cerda kick), 8:59LG-Rodney Filmore 10 run (Cerda kick), 1:14

Third quarter

LG-Filmore 5 run (Cerda kick), 3:37

Fourth quarter

LG-Jones 15 blocked punt return (Cerda kick), 8:14

LA EC
First Downs1410
Yards Rushing32-24545-135
Yards Passing6732
Passes10-6-0-012-4-0-1
Punts34.524.8
Fumbles-lost1-00-0
Penalties-yards3-272-15

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING-- La Grange, Bralon Hutchinson 9-95, Dillon Davis 10-94, Rodney Filmore 12-55, J.K. Dobbins 1-1, El Campo, Jarrin Henderson 14-69, Seth Pustejovsky 13-46, Jerric Chapman 5-20, Alonte Harris 3-2, Adrian Alameda 1-(-1), Kory Supak 8-(-3),

PASSING-- La Grange, Dillon Davis 10-6-67-0, El Campo, Kory Supak 11-4-32-1,

RECEIVING-- La Grange, Rodney Filmore 1-19, El Campo, Jarrin Henderson 1-14, Adrian Alameda 1-(2), Nick Salyer 1-8, Clay Kresta 1-12,

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