Late surge gets Miners past Beavers
BAUXITE 33, GLEN ROSE 20
BAUXITE — If nothing else, Bauxite coach Daryl Patton knows his team is mentally tough and will respond under pressure.
The Miners showcased a ton of grit in rallying to earn a 33-20 home victory over rival Glen Rose.
“We are Bauxite. We have tough kids. It’s been that way for 100 seasons,” Patton said. “At that moment we were down, but there was no panic. The guys just went to work.”
At the start of the fourth, Glen Rose (0-2) led 20-19 in the last meeting between the two school.
However, with the Beavers surging, Bauxite got a lift from the duo of Conner Stacy and Braylon Walker.
With just under 11 minutes left to play, Stacy completed a pass to Walker, who raced by a Glen Rose cornerback. Once Walker – who had seven catches for 218 yards – hauled in the pass, he sprinted to the end zone for an 80-yard TD reception. After a failed 2-point attempt, the Miners led 25-20.
“We thought we could complete the play-action pass against their defense,” Patton said. “There were things they did defensively that we thought we could take advantage of. We got some big plays out of our passing game and we needed every one of them.”
Bauxite (2-1) later put the game out of reach when sophomore running back Fabian Torres busted through the line of scrimmage scoring on a 4-yard touchdown run. Zack Taylor found Braden Arnold for a 2-point conversion.
With 2:05 remaining in the game, Bauxite led 33-20.
“Fabian is going to be a great player,” Patton said about Torres – a sophomore who had 93 yards rushing. “He showed toughness and ran hard. He’s going to be a good ball player for us.”
Glen Rose would later drive deep into Miner territory, but Mark Kehner’s squad was unable to score.
Bauxite struck first in this game when Hayden Edwards ran 2 yards for a touchdown. Garrett Mccallister’s kick made the score 7-0 with 10:01 remaining in the first quarter.
After forcing a turnover, Glen Rose got on the board when Wesley Launius completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Clark. Following the kick by Colby Steed, the score was 7-7 with 1:50 on the clock.
After Launius threw an interception, Torres ran 51 yards for a touchdown. The point after was no good as Bauxite led 13-7 with 6:55 remaining in the first half.
On its first play from scrimmage in the third, Bauxite increased its lead when Stacy completed a short pass to Walker, then ran through and past the Glen Rose defense. The Miners led 19-7 with 11:36 on the clock.
However, Glen Rose (0-2) quickly responded when Ahmad Holmes returned the kickoff for a touchdown. The score was now 19-14.
After recovering an on-side kick, the Beavers grabbed the lead when Ethan Taylor scored on a 4-yard tote. Steed’s kick was blocked as Glen Rose led 20-19 midway through the third.
However, Bauxite responded by scoring 14 unanswered points in the fourth to rally for the win.
“When Glen Rose came back and took the lead, I just told my guys to battle and play as a team,” Patton said. “That kind of game is nothing new for us. Glen Rose is a tough team. I’m happy that we responded like we did.”
For Bauxite, Kane Griffin had an interception and a fumble recovery while Jack Rosnermanz picked off a pass. Offensively, Stacy completed 13 of 21 passes for 285 yards.
Matthew Clark had an interception for the Beavers.
Bauxite sophomore Fabian Torres runs for a touchdown in a 33-20 Miners win over rival Glen Rose Friday at The Pit in Bauxite.
Glen Rose junior quarterback Wesley Launius, 23, flings a pass in a 33-20 Beavers loss to rival Bauxite Miners Friday night at The Pit in Bauxite.