Silsbee punishes Coldspring in lopsided win

By Daniel Elizondo

The Silsbee Tigers weren’t about to let a thrashing from a season ago be the limelight for the Coldspring-Oakhurst Trojans this year.

Silsbee (2-0) capitalized on all phases of its game and dominated a frustrated Trojan team 60-22 in Coldspring.

Despite a rash of penalties to open the game, it didn’t seem to slow down the powerful offense the Tigers possess this season.

Silsbee committed three penalites on its first drive of the game, but managed to take a 16-0 lead with 7:26 in the first quarter thanks in part to special teams play.

“Those guys bust their back sides,” Head Coach Bobby McGallion said. “It’s fun to watch kick team sprint to the football. It all ties in together because you have to be good in all three phases of the football game in order to be good.”

Silsbee may have been pushed back 20 yards on its first drive, however senior quarterback Dontre Thomas drove the Tigers downfield with a 16-yard jaunt that set up a 35-yard pass to sophomore Kalon Barnes. Kolten Mackey added a two-point run and Silsbee was in lead 8-0 in no time.

Barnes was pivotal in the game, responsible for two touchdown receptions including a 28-yard reception in the second quarter.

After Silsbee’s first score, a squib kick was mishandled by Coldspring and the Tigers recovered the ball at its own 49-yard line.

Thomas tossed a 34-yard pass to sophomore Tre Lowe on the first play from scrimmage that set up a 1-yard touchdown run with 7:26 remaining in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Silsbee went up 22-0 after a 20-yard run from senior Desmond Armstrong.

Special teams responded once again, this time recovering another squib kick at the Coldspring 40-yard line.

Three plays later, Barnes and Thomas hooked up for the second time on the 28 yard TD.

On the ensuing possession, Coldspring quarterback Trey Higgins was under pressure by the Silsbee defense and tossed an interception into the hands of Michael McCain.

But the Trojan defense stood strong and forced the Tigers to punt with 1:35 to halftime.

On play later, Higgins looked to be on the run on an option and pitched the ball to Daylon Giddens who raced 80 yards for the Trojans’ first score. Giddens added a two-point run and Coldspring was within 28-8 at the half.

Silsbee dominated the second half, forcing Coldspring to turnover on a fourth down play that gave the ball to the Tigers at the Coldspring 28-yard line.

On play later, sophomore Adonis Thomas rambled in with a bruising 31-yard run to give Silsbee a 34-8 lead with 9:09 in the third quarter.

The Tigers weren’t done by any means, forcing Coldspring to punt on the ensuing possession.

The Tigers drove in eight plays on the next drive and capped it with a 7-yard pass from Dontre Thomas to Kolten Mackey.

On the kickoff, Coldspring looked to be giving up and fumbled the return with Armstrong recovering the loose ball at the Coldspring 15-yard line.

Three plays later, Adonis Thomas scored his second rushing TD, this time from two yards out to make the score 46-8.

Coldspring managed its most productive drive on the next possession and scored on a 20-yard TD pass from Higgins to Tristan Ham.

However, Silsbee was in charge, this time taking two plays to score on a 75-yard run from Tre Lowe on a wide receiver sweep.

Coldspring scored its third TD on another pass play to put the score 54-22 with 2:25 left in the game.

But talent was evident in the second string offense for Silsbee after senior Deontre Allen returned the ensuing kickoff 51 yards to the Coldspring 32 yard line.

Allen rambled 16 yards in two plays and capped the short drive with a 17-yard exclamation point run to put Silsbee up 60-22 with 25 seconds in the game.

Lowe led the Tigers rushing game with 103 yards on five carries and Adonis Thomas finished with a hard-earned 98 yards on 18 carries.

As a team, Silsbee accumulated 296 yards on the ground.

Dontre Thomas carried over from last week, finishing 9-of-15 passing with 163 yards and no interceptions.

Kalon Barnes led all receivers with two catches for 63 yards.

“To Dontre (Thomas) credit, he is able to extend plays and give our players a chance,” McGallion said. “We have a lot of guys that can go up and catch the ball. And our run game with Adonis was stressed heavily this week during practice. He really showed us some good things tonight.”

Silsbee looks to punch out its third straight in its first home game of the season, hosting another 5A foe in Livingston at Tiger Stadium on Friday.

Livingston (1-1) is coming off of a 32-15 win over Cleveland.

For more images, click below. Photos by Daniel Elizondo, Silsbee Bee

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