Ri­valry Con­cluded

Late surge gets Min­ers past Beavers

The Saline Courier Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Kev Moye

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.

GREG Davis/spe­cial to The Sa­line Courier

Baux­ite sopho­more Fabian Tor­res runs for a touch­down in a 33-20 Min­ers win over ri­val Glen Rose Fri­day at The Pit in Baux­ite.

GREG DAVIS/ Spe­cial to The Sa­line Courier

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.

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