The Richland Springs Coyotes continue to march through the 2007 playoffs after defeating the May Tigers in an old west shootout by a score of 93-43. The Coyotes ended the Tigers hopes for the third straight year. The Coyotes improved their record 11-0 on the season.
The Coyote offensive was in high gear this past Friday night and posted a season high - 93 points - in just two and half quarters! The Coyotes recorded 12 TD’s, 11 of which were from the offensive side of the ball.
Tyler Ethridge was just unstoppable, again! He threw for a total of 220 yards and 5 TD’s. He also added 71 yards on the ground and three scores. Ethridge’s favorite go to guy, Mark Williams, caught four passes for 55 yards and 2 TD's. Khalid Khatib and Mitchell Jacobson each caught TD passes and came up big for the Coyotes. Abraham Ahumada rushed for 58 total yards and two TD’s. Shelby Smith returned to the Coyote line up after a week off due to an ankle injury, and only saw very limited action. His only carry of the night resulted in a Coyote TD. Richie Daniels was a perfect 10 for 10 on PAT kicks. Daniels even added a one point conversion by running the PAT in after a bobbled snap.
The Coyote offense scored on every possession they had. The Coyote defense gave up a season high 43 points to the May Tigers. The Tigers just made some great plays by some good players that hurt the Coyotes. The Coyote defense forced four May turnovers, one which was returned for a TD by Tyler Ethridge. Andrew Fowler had two interceptions of his own. The impressive thing about the four forced turnovers was the Coyotes turned them into 32 points!
A handful of critics will say the Coyotes are giving up too many points. Here’s how I see it. I don’t care if the Coyote defense gives up 43 points a game to every team in the state; if the Coyote offense is scoring 93 points every time, we will win them ALL! And you can't argue that the Coyote offense doesn't put up some numbers! The Coyotes still have the best offense in the state by averaging 70.1 ppg and the best defense in the state by only allowing 11.4 ppg. That’s an average margin of victory of 58.7 points.
Well, here we are again. It’s them speedsters from Calvert up next. We know a lot about Calvert, and they know a lot about us! No secrets here. Calvert is a very good team that has tons of speed, speed, speed! If you let them get to the corner, you're not going catch them! GUARANTEED!
The Trojans are 12-0 on the season and have had very little difficulty with their opponents this year. All of their games this year, except for two, have been short lived due to the 45 point mercy rule. They defeated Trinidad (86-58) and Rochelle (64-35).
You will see two totally different ball clubs on the field when the Coyotes and Trojans meet. The Coyotes are a quick strike finesse team that has a balanced run/pass attack, while the Trojans are a grind it out, ball control, 98% running team.
The big key this week for the Coyotes will be creating turnovers and turning them into points. The Coyote defense must hang in there tough, be patient, and TACKLE. Calvert is producing an average of 58.2 ppg and their defense is allowing 12.1 ppg.
The 2007 State Quarter-final game will be this Friday, Nov. 30th at Lampasas’ Badger Stadium with the kick-off set for 7:30 p.m. As always, if you are not able to make the game, tune your radio to KBAL 106.1 FM or log onto the world wide web at www.kbalradio.com to catch all of the exciting Coyote football action! This one is going to be tough and something has to give. My Pick: COYOTES - 68, Calvert - 38. GO COYOTES GO!