Cameron Yoe avoid slings of McLane Carter to win 57-28
It looked as if it could happen.
The daunting top-ranked Cameron Yoe might be undone by the underdog Salado Eagles as fans held their breath when the hosting Eagles took a 21-19 lead in the first quarter.
But, as big and imposing as the Yoemen were, they were not Goliath and despite McLane Carter’s arm, the Eagles did not have a secret shot to take the giant out in one fell swoop.
On this Friday night, the Yoe continued to do what they do, grind away at their opponents, overpowering them with strength and wearing them out with a one-two combination of strength in power back Traion Smith and quickness and moves in the diminutive Aaron Sims.
The first couple of minutes looked as if the Yoe would run away with the game as Smith took a hand-off on the first play from scrimmage and ran for 59 yards. All-state quarterback Jason Kopriva then hit Smith for a 5 yard touchdown just 32 seconds into the contest.
The Yoe scored on their next possession at 8:52, but the point-after attempt failed giving the visitors a 13-0 lead.
Salado answered just as explosively as McLane Carter hit Davis Little in stride at the Eagle 39 yard line and Little ran past the Yoe secondary for 75 yard touchdown with 8:08 in the first. Chase Crenwelge booted the point-after to get the Eagles within 6 points.
Salado drove 47 yards on their next possession, scoring on a 21 yard pass from Carter to Jacob Little with 4:32 left in the quarter. Crenwelge gave the Eagles a 14-13 lead.
Both teams would score again. Smith pushed his way into the end-zone from the Salado 5 to cap a 95-yard drive that took just six plays. The Yoemen went for two, but came up short and held a 19-13 lead.
The Eagles answered immediately as Carter found Kase Spears at the 41 yard line and Spears turned the catch into a 64 yard touchdown with 2:11 left in the quarter. Crenwelge booted the PAT for a 21-19 lead at the end of the first.
Cameron added three touchdowns in the first seven minutes of the second quarter for a 39-21 lead with 5:22 left in the first half.
The Eagles narrowed the lead on a 32 yard touchdown pass to Davis Little with 3:33 left in the half. Crenwelge’s kick brought the score to 39-28, which Cameron took to the lockers.
Though the Eagles received the ensuing second half kick, Salado could not convert it into points and Cameron began to wear down the Eagles on both sides of the ball.
Kopriva ran in a short 1 yard touchdown to cap a 52 yard drive, followed by a 36 yard field goal by Michael Evan for a 49-28 lead
Cameron added a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter and a safety after they buried Salado at its 9 yard line and an errant snap to the quarterback ended up in the end-zone for the final score of 57-28.
The Yoe had 537 total yards, 317 on the ground. The Eagles had 362 yards, 308 of it in the air. Carter threw 26 times, completing 15 passes for 301 yards and four TDs and an interception.
Davis Little caught four passes for 170 yards and two TDs. Kase Spears had three catchers for 83 yards and a TD and Jacob Little had four catches for 25 yards and a TD.
Simmons led the rushing for Salado with 57 yards on 17 carries.
Traion Smith carried the ball 14 times for 141 yards and three TDs. Aaron Sims ran five times for 117 yards and a TD. Jason Kopriva ran nine times for 37 yards and a TD.
Kopriva threw the ball 20 times for 15 completions and 220 yards and two TDs.
Sims also caught seven passes for 105 yards and a TD. Smith caught two passes for 11 yards and a TD.
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