Loss Drops District Record to 1-1

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

 TIMPSON – After a big win over Overton to open up district play in District 11 AA DII, the Grapeland Sandies left the friendly confines of Sandie Stadium and hit the road last Friday to take on the Timpson Bears.

The Grapeland offense seemed to be rounding into a high school version of the “Greatest Show on Turf” in the last three weeks as they put up 64 points against Frost, 62 points against Maud and 40 points against Overton.

Unfortunately last Friday night, the high octane offense of the Sandies hit a speed bump as Timpson slowed Grapeland down just long enough to secure a 44-20 win.

Grapeland actually held the lead at the end of the first quarter, 7-6. The Bears struck first with an 8-yard TD run but missed the PAT. The Sandies roared back on their next possession as they plowed their way across the goal for the tying TD and took the lead on the extra point.

That was as close to victory as the Sandies would come as Timpson shut down the potent Grapeland offense in the second quarter. Meanwhile, the Timpson offense opened things up and pulled ahead of Grapeland on TD runs of five and four yards to open up a 15 point lead by the break.

The Bears tacked on a 64 yard scoring run to open the third quarter and added a two-point conversion to bring the score to 30-7 at the end of the third period of play.

The Sandies eventually found a chink in the Bear defense as the fourth quarter got underway and scored on a four yard TD pass to cut into the Timpson lead.

After a second long scoring run from the Bears, the Sandies answered back with a nine-yard TD of their own to make the score 38-20, midway through the fourth quarter.

That was as close as the Sandies would get as Timpson added a late score to make the final 44-20.

The Sandies return home next week as they host the number-one ranked Tenaha Tigers in a district match-up. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.