Neville roughs up Bastrop
12:38 AM, Oct 6, 2012 LINK LINK
Bastrop's offense presented Neville's defense with arguably its toughest test to date, but the Tigers mostly contained the Rams in a 43-23 win.
The Tigers' defense covered up two Neville fumbles, one with a fourth-and-one stuff in the first quarter and the other a Julius Jones third-quarter interception.
Jones' interception on an attempted screen pass stopped a Bastrop drive in Neville territory with the Tigers leading just 20-6.
Neville (6-0, 1-0), the No. 1 team in Class 4A, scored the next 23 points on three straight possessions to race away from the Rams (4-2, 0-1) and take control of District 2-4A after the opener. Bastrop entered the game No. 8 in the 4A polls.
Tigers junior linebacker Ashari Goins said the key was containing Bastrop quarterback Jaetarius Davis.
"We had to watch (Davis) and not let him get outside of the pocket," Goins said. "When he gets outside the pocket, he's very dangerous.
"Keep him inside the pocket and get pressure from the outside."
After Jones' interception, Salarrious Jones scored on an 18-yard run for a 28-7 edge. After a failed Bastrop fourth down, in which the Rams were 0-for-3, Neville's Thor Lowens rushed for his second score and a 36-7 edge.
Demon Baker scored Neville's final touchdown, a 7-yard run to go up 43-7 with 9:33 left in the fourth quarter.
Bastrop coach Thomas Bachman tipped his cap to Neville but said his Rams missed some opportunities early.
After Neville's Kavontae Turpin fumbled a punt on Bastrop's first possession, the Rams couldn't convert a fourth-and-one.
"We had a few opportunities early, but we just couldn't get anything really going," "(Neville coach Mickey McCarty) does a first-classjob, and I think he does it the right way.
"I didn't feel like we played very well, and I didn't think I coached very well. We got away from some of the things we do well, and I take the blame for that."
Neville's John Diarse powered the offense once again, rushing for 154 yards and throwing for another 104 on 10-of-11 passing.
Diarse found Salarrious Jones for a 15-yard corner route on third down for a 7-0 lead. Lowens added a 1-yard run for a 14-0 lead with 5:12 left.
"The coaches told me he threw only (one) incomplete pass, so that means he was accurate," McCarty said. "He had nice runs and other guys ran well, so that's a credit to the offensive line.
"We still put the ball on the ground too much, and that's unlike us. We had too many penalties as well."
The offense only lost two fumbles but put a total of five on the ground.
Diarse scrambled for a 13-yard touchdown run on fourth down with just eight seconds remaining, but Bastrop's Jatavious Wilson picked up a bobbled kickoff and ran it back for a 75-yard score to give the Rams momentum into halftime.
"That kid made a great play on the return, and we did a poor job in coverage. Credit them for gaining momentum at the end of the half, and credit our kids for coming out in the second half and putting the game away."
This post was edited on 10/6 at 10:22 am