TIMPSON — The No. 8-ranked Timpson Bears used a hot-handed quarterback and a fleet-footed running back, along with a pair of pick-six interception returns, Friday night to stay unbeaten on the year and keep ahold of a share of first place in the District 10-2A DI standings with an impressive 56-14 win over No. 9-ranked San Augustine at John Herbert Eakin Stadium.
Timpson quarterback L.T. Washington completed 10-of-12 passes (83.3%) for 227 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another TD, while Braden Courtney hauled the pigskin 18 times for 158 yards and a pair of scores to help the Bears improve to 8-0 on the season, 3-0 in district play.
The Wolves (3-3, 1-2 dist.), who are still very much in a hunt for a playoff spot despite the loss, were within 28-14 at the half, but lost their top ground-gainer with eight minutes left in the second quarter when Kevorian Barnes went down with an apparent shoulder injury. Up until that point he had amassed 177 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and was the workhorse of the team. But San Augustine could only manage 87 yards on the ground after he went out of the contest.
Timpson also used key plays from its defense to keep the pressure on the Wolves. With the game in a scoreless tie in the first period, San Augustine quarterback Tycorion Porter threw over the middle and the Bears’ DaJuan Tutt stepped in front of the intended receiver and returned the pick 34 yards for the game’s first touchdown. Logan Depaepe kicked the point after to give the Bears a 7-0 lead with 2:47 left in the opening stanza.
Early in the third quarter, after Timpson took the second-half kickoff and marched 58 yards in six plays for an 11-yard scoring run by Courtney, the Wolves were trying to answer with a score of their own. With the Wolves throwing into double-coverage near the goalline, Bear defensive back Terry Bussey leaped up, bobbled the pass before picking it off at the goal line and then zig-zagged his way back for a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown. That score gave Timpson a 42-14 lead and took the gas out of the Wolves’ sails.
In addition to the two defensive scores and Courtney’s pair of touchdowns in the running game, Timpson’s L.T. Washington scored a rushing touchdown, while Malachi Blanton (3-66), Bussey (4-44) and Trey Davis (1-87) each added scoring receptions.
Timpson led by two scores at the half despite trailing in total yardage, 290-252. But in the second half the Bears outgunned the Wolves 200-77 in total yards to finish the contest with a 452-355 advantage in total yards. The Bears had a balanced offensive attack with 225 yards on the ground and 227 yards through the air.
Timpson will travel to West Hardin (1-5, 0-2 dist.) next week, while San Augustine hosts Garrison (2-5, 0-3 dist.) as teams near the end of the regular season race. Joaquin (7-0, 3-0 dist.) defeated West Hardin, 46-0, on Friday. Shelbyville (2-3, 1-1 dist.), who is open next week, defeated Garrison, 33-14, on Thursday.
SAN AUGUSTINE VS. TIMPSON STATS
GAME AT A GLANCE
First Downs 14 24
Rushes-Yards 35-264 40-225
Passing yards 91 227
Total yards 355 452
Passes 8-20-2 10-12-0
Punts-Avg. 3-25.7 1-21
Fumbles-Lost 4-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 4-40 4-39
3rd Down Conv. 3/11 5/10
4th Down Conv. 1/3 0-1
SCORING BY QUARTERS
San Augustine 00 14 00 00 = 14
Timpson 07 21 21 07 = 56