Junior high football: Harper 38, Medina 32
As the former Texas A&M Football Coach, RC Slocum once said, “We were not beaten, we were only outscored.”
The undefeated Harper Junior High Shorthorns came from behind to defeat the fighting Medina Junior High Bobcats, 38-32, in a thriller that pitted two teams that did not know the word “quit.” Medina jumped out to a 26-6 halftime lead, thanks to a great ground game led by Will Stuart, Andrew Landry, Tyler Faris and J.D. Ortiz.
Great blocking by the O-line that consisted of Ryan Mason, Joel Arreola, Tyler Copsey, Cooper Sparks and Austin Thomas helped pave the way. Defensively, the young Cats held the Harper quarterback standout, M. Randall, to no touchdowns, a rarity for the talented player.
But, Harper took advantage of three Medina fumbles in the second half to win the game. The Bobcats played with desire, heart and everything else that makes the mark of a champion.
Leading Medina was Stuart with 13 carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Landry had four carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns. He also connected with Faris on a five-yard scoring strike. Faris had five carries for 43 yards and two receptions for 26 yards that included the TD catch. Ortiz added 25 yards on eight carries.
Defensively, Medina was led by Stuart, Landry, Copsey and Faris.
Now 4-2-1 for the season, Medina will travel to TMI Thursday, Nov. 1, for a 5 pm match.