Big plays lift Silsbee over Lumberton

Tigers’ defense stiffens in second series of controlled scrimmage.

By Daniel Elizondo

A lot of questions were being asked during the offseason for the Silsbee Tigers after a sub-par season last year.

After weathering the storm with the loss of a heavy senior class, that inexperience has turned to experience this year, and the signs of an improved team showed in its first scrimmage of the 2015 season.

Silsbee set out to prove its worth after two weeks of prep work already under its belt, and faced Lumberton at Raider Stadium for the first contact of the year.

Silsbee opened up the flood gates early on with its first team offense, however penalties got the best of them initially, after a 38-yard jaunt from running back Ta’Voris Brooks was erased due to a holding call.

The Tigers struggled to move the ball from its first snap, suffering two sacks and an incomplete pass.

two plays later, Brooks found a hole in the offensive line and burst past the Lumberton secondary for the TD run that was called back.

After marking off the 10-yard penalty, Silsbee struck back with a 58-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Dontre Thomas to Kalon Barnes on a streak down the sideline.

Thomas later completed a 12-yard pass to Kolten Mackey that resulted in a first down and then some after a Lumberton defensive back committed a face-mask penalty.

On Lumberton’s first team offensive series, the Raiders immediately moved the ball on runs of 35- and 15-yards respectively by running back Tim Rhodes.

However, on the ensuing play, Silsbee defensive back Michael McCain picked off Lumberton QB Stephen Yarbro on an 18-yard pass.

Lumberton moved the ball, but they were unable to score on Silsbee’s first team defense.

The second team of Silsbee was led by quarterback Jacob Collins for five plays and completed his third pass with a 62-yard strike to Bruce Newton.

In the next five plays Mason Murray led Silsbee, however the Tigers committed a fumble on the final play.

Lumberton’s second team offense ran the ball on all 10 plays, and scored on a 1-yard buck to cut into Silsbee two touchdown lead.

On Silsbee’s first team offensive second series, Thomas settled down and completed 8 of 9 passes for 166 yards including a bullet to Kyle Coffey in the back of the end zone for the Tiger’s third score.

Silsbee added a fourth score later on a 13-yard run.

During the second team’s second series, both teams went scoreless with Silsbee gaining 29 yards in 10 plays.

Lumberton gained 68 yards in its 15 plays, but Silsbee held them scoreless.

The Tigers will travel to Beaumont Ozen next Friday for its second scrimmage. Time has not been determined.

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