STORY BY: BOB WRIGHT
COLLEGE STATION –
The Tigers of A&M Consolidated disposed of the Killeen Shoemaker Greywolves Friday night at Tigerland with a 37-0 victory that extended the Wolves’ 29th loss in a row, currently the state’s longest losing streak.
The win pushes Consol’s season mark to 4-3, with all four victories coming in District 12-5A after going winless in the non-district schedule.
Next Friday night, the gridiron stage is set for what should be a big battle between the Tigers and Bulldawgs at Copperas Cove, which also remained unbeaten in district with a win over the Bryan Vikings at Merrill Green Stadium last night.
The Tigers, who took the opening kickoff only to lose a fumble inside the one-yard line after driving 67 yards, turned that adversity into a quick opportunity, turning the tables on the Greywolves on their first play from scrimmage, tacking up a safety for a 2-0 lead. Consolidated used that turnaround to fashion a 51-yard scoring drive, culminating with Quinton White’s one-yard zip into the end zone with 4:51 to go in the opening period. Dillon Moore nailed the extra point, his first of three for the evening. Justin Zimmerman booted the other two extra points.
White’s TD was one of two for the night, his other coming on a 34-yard run on which he shook free from two Greywolves, put on a quick move and roared free into the end zone with 53 seconds remaining in the first quarter, propelling the victors into a 15-0 advantage, followed by Moore’s second extra point. That touchdown opportunity was provided by Killeen Shoemaker’s second fumble at the Killeen 48.
Consol bolted ahead 23-0 when backup quarterback Weston Garner found Josh Patton on a beautifully-executed 44-yard reception-and-run. Moore again kicked the point. Garner had come in for starting QB Jacob Bronowski, who came out limping.The score came a minute and one second deep into the second quarter.
The margin rose to 29-0 in the third quarter when Durasis Nutall scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 49-yard run. Zimmerman kicked the extra point.
The final score came on Nutall’s 13-yard run around the right side with 9:38 left in the game. Zimmerman’s kick added the final point.
Things got a bit sloppy for both clubs late in the game. Shoemaker particularly suffered from penalties and experienced much difficulty on the center snap to the QB and Wildcat formation running back Johnny Jefferson, the Greywolves’ leading rusher for the season.
Consol had something in the neighborhood of 420 yards in total offense, while the Greywolves continue to struggle with 44 total yards, which can be largely attributed to a fierce-rushing Consol defensive crew featuring some telling licks from David Levias, Brett Mahnke, Adriel Grant, Marshall Strain, Christian LaCouture, Fredrick Goodman, Josue Ordonez and J.J. Bynum. Ordonez intercepted a pass in the second period, while Levias picked one in the third.
Bronowski and Garner combined for 16 completions in 23 tries, and the Tigers registered 16 first downs to only six for the Greywolves.
Shoemaker drops to a season 0-7, and 0-4 in district.