Silsbee QB Patrick Reed jumps over a Bridge City linebacker en route to one of his TD runs. -Photo by Daniel Elizondo
Silsbee needed a big third quarter to out-pace Bridge City and did so with speed and tenacity on Friday.
After giving up 20 points into the second quarter, the Tigers responded big in the third and blew past the Cardinals 56-27 at Tiger Stadium.
“We shot ourselves in the foot and lost some scoring opportunities,” Head Coach Bobby McGallion said. “We were able to score in three quarters to put the game away.”
Bridge City was ready for any challenge accepting the opening kickoff after the Tigers deferred. The Cardinals drove downfield and scored in six plays to take a 7-0 on a 17-yard run by Jonah Lemoine.
But in less than a minute, Silsbee scored on a 68-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Patrick Reed. Lazaro Vasquez’ extra point tied the game at 7-7 with 9:40 in the first quarter.
Bridge City’s next possession was halted by Silsbee’s defense when defensive back Chris Elam picked off QB Chase Schugart to the Silsbee 35-yard line.
On the next play, Reed was rambling 65-yards for a touchdown and racking up over 100 yards rushing with 7:48 in the first quarter and Silsbee leading 14-7.
Bridge City lost handle of the ball on its next possession and Jamarcus Myer recovered the loose ball at the Bridge City 33-yard line.
The Tigers capped a 6-play drive with a 1-yard buck by Reed to give Silsbee a 21-7 advantage with 4:41 in the first quarter.
Silsbee looked to put the game away after forcing Bridge City to turn the ball over on downs late in the first quarter.
Reed scrambled 20 yards to the Cardinals 2-yard line before tossing a 2-yard TD pass to Zayon Jackson for the a 28-7 lead.
But Bridge City didn’t give up, adding fireworks to an already big-play first quarter, and cutting into Silsbee’s lead 28-14.
Cardinals wide receiver Ryan Schuggart raced 57 yards for a touchdown after catching a pass from Chase Schuggart with 27 seconds in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Tiger’s offense began to sputter and allowed Bridge City to get back in the game.
Lemoine tacked on a 30-yard run to the Silsbee 1-yard line before a 1-yard buck by Colt Poole to pull Bridge City within striking distance 28-20 with 6:49 in the second quarter.
But it wasn’t enough for Silsbee to mull when Elam struck back with a 74-yard kickoff return for a touchown. A bobbled snap on the point after left Ryan Kirkendall no choice but to toss a pass to Colby LeBlanc for two-point conversion and a 36-20 Silsbee lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Silsbee blew the game open scoring on its first possession of the second half, capping a 6-play drive with a 30-yard touchdown run by Jackson to give the Tigers a 43-20 lead with 9:01 in the third.
On Bridge City’s ensuing possession, Elam did his thing once again, picking off Schuggart and rambling 45 yards for his second TD to give Silsbee a 50-20 lead with 8:35 in the quarter. Elam finished with three interceptions in the game.
After Silsbee forced Bridge City to punt on its next possession, it took the Tigers one play on a 55-yard run by Reed to give Silsbee a 56-20 lead.
Bridge City added its final score of the evening on its next possession, capping an 8-play drive with a 3-yard run by Lemoine with 3:51 in the third quarter.
Reed finished with 19 carries for 191 yards and passed for 135 yards completing 11 of 19 passes.
Sedrick Spearman finished with 90 yards on 11 carries. Zayon Jackson finished with 50 yards on four receptions and Elam finished with five catches for 48 yards. Logan Quave caught one pass for 28 yards.
Travante Davis also had an interception in the game for Silsbee.
The win came at a good time for the Tigers, taking a week off with its bye on Friday to help mend some bumps and bruises.
The Tigers (5-1, 3-0 in 21-3A) will face Hamshire-Fannett on Friday, Sept. 25 for its next game.