EC vs. Palestine Westwood
Bucs advance to 2nd round taking tight contest
The East Chambers Buccaneers took home a 15-14 win Thursday night over the Palestine Westwood Panthers to advance to the 2nd round of the playoffs. The win pits the Bucs against the undefeated Grandview Zebras Friday night at 7:30 on the campus of A&M Consolidated in College Station.
East Chambers and Palestine battled in a defensive game. Neither team was able to score until the 2nd quarter when the Bucs put a field goal on the board. Westwood quickly found the end zone on their following possession to take a 7-3 lead. The Bucs scored later in the 2nd quarter on nice drive that ended with an Austin Sutherland rushing touchdown to take a 9-7 halftime lead.
Westwood scored their final points of the game in the 3rd quarter taking a 14-9 lead that they held going in to the final quarter of play. After a nice defensive stop early in the 4th quarter, the Bucs forced a punt from Westwood. Dylan Silcox was set back to receive the punt and fielded the ball at the Bucs 45 yard line. He started down the middle of the field then found an opening to his left and 55 yards later, he scored the go-ahead touchdown. Silcox’s score would be the final score of the game, but it was not the end of the drama. The Bucs defense had two 4th down stops in the final quarter of play. Silcox had an interception on the first stop. Later, the Buccaneer defense had to hold the Panthers on another 4th down play with less than two minutes to play securing the victory with Westwood driving deep in EC territory. The stop allowed the Bucs to kneel out the final minute plus of play and advance the area round of the playoffs.
Offensively Silcox, Sutherland, and Darius Guillory led the Bucs. Silcox had 12 carries for 72 yards, Sutherland completed 7 passes for 74 yards to go with his rushing touchdown, and Guillory had 46 yards on 9 carries. Other contributors included Kye Williams (4 carries for 31 yards), Antwann Anderson (2 carries for 18 yards), Hunter Loupe (4 carries for 21 yards), Aaron Sutherland (2 receptions for 12 yards), and Grant Devillier (4 receptions for 56 yards).
Defensively, the Bucs played well all game aside from 2 big plays accounting for both Westwood scores. The defensive front shut down the inside run game all night. Juan Lopez (4 solo tackles), Justin Hart (3 solo tackles), and Ethan Reddell (4 solo tackles) played a sound game. The other member of the defensive front, DeMarcus Stelly put together a fabulous night with 7 solo tackles, 5 assists, with 3 of his tackles being for lost yardage. The linebackers did their share with Tyrell Phelps, Hunter Loupe, and Colton Devillier each accounting for at least three tackles each. The secondary was utilized mostly in run support as Westwood seldom passed the ball. Silcox added 6 tackles and his interception.
Dylan Silcox was named offensive player of the game and DeMarcus Stelly was named the defensive player of the game.