Panther hunt successful for Indians

Dylan Wells lead the JV Indians with over 150 yards receiving and four touchdowns. (Photo by Martha Mericle)Dylan Wells lead the JV Indians with over 150 yards receiving and four touchdowns. (Photo by Martha Mericle)

By Jean Parker Rasbeary

The Groveton Indians went panther hunting Friday night and the result was a very, very exciting hunt!

It was a beautiful night for football as a long awaited cool front was blowing in from the North making some of us reach for jackets at the halftime.

Normangee won the toss but decided to defer so they kicked off to the Indians and Saul Chavez carried for 8 yards. After two incomplete passes and only a 1 yard gain by a run play, Saul punted the ball back to the Panthers. However, Saul took it back from them on the very next play as they attempted a long pass and he intercepted it on the 15 yard line.

Ethan Cathey took the ball on the next play and carried for 25 yards, Eli Stewart ran for 4 yards before the Indians received a 10 yard holding penalty. Groveton received 10 penalties for a -75 yards; Normangee only received 7 penalties for a -42.5 yards.

The crowd pointed out a few Panther penalties that were not called by the 5-man crew. Have no fear! On the next play, quarterback Cade Steubing passed to Saul Chavez for 41 yards; Saul ran for 5, Ethan Cathey ran for 1 & 7 yards, Saul was thrown for a -5 and Ethan Cathey scored on a 12 yard touchdown {with people hanging onto him}. The extra point kick by Trenton Torregrossa was good so with 8:17 left in the first quarter, Groveton led 7 – 0. Thirteen plays later, the Panthers scored on a 12 yard run by their speedy quarterback. Their extra point was good so we were tied 7 – 7. Anthony Chavez took the kickoff for 1 yard & the Indians started play on their own 34 yard line. Cade completed a 14 yard pass to Saul and a 4 yard pass to Eli, Ethan ran for 6 yards, and Cade ran for 7.

On the next play, Cade's pass was intercepted on the Panther's 5 yard line. The Panthers tried to advance the ball but had to punt it back on the 4th down with 9 yards to go. Groveton started work on their own 35 with Eli running for four yards. Saul broke loose for a 60 yard run but the elderly refeering crew couldn't make it down the field to see Saul take the ball over the goal line! They pushed the Indians a yard back so Ethan ran it in for a 1 yard touchdown. Ethan also ran the extra points over so with 0:00 left on the clock Groveton led 15 – 7. At the beginning of the second quarter, Normangee tried a pass and Saul Chavez intercepted it for a 26 yard gain. Four plays later, Saul scored on a 2 yard run but the extra point try was no good. Neither team could gain a first down until 2:24 left in the 2nd quarter; Ethan scored on a 10 yard run; the extra point try was no good. Normangee had to punt the ball back as our defense stiffened. Groveton took over the ball on Normangee's 37 yard line with a pass from Cade to Saul for 10 yards, Eli ran for 15 and then 12 to score with :33 seconds left until the halftime.

The pass play from Cade to Horace was good for the two extra points and Groveton led 35 – 7 at halftime. Groveton kicked off to Normangee and they started play on their own 34 yard line. The Indians helped them get their first down by being penalized for 5 yards.

They moved the ball down the field and finally scored on a 33 yard pass; the pass play for the extra point try was good. With 9:28 left in the third, Groveton 35 – Normangee 15. Groveton started play on their own 45 yard line with a completed pass from Cade to Eli, Ethan ran for 10 yards, Cade passed to Horace for 9, Saul for 17, Cade to Eli for 5 before Saul ran for 11; the last play of the drive was a pass from Cade to Saul for a 9 yard touchdown. The extra point kick by Trenton Torregrossa was good. With 6:25 left in the 3rd, Groveton led 42 – Normangee 15. The next series of downs by Normangee netted a touchdown on a 9 yard pass play and the extra point pass was good. Groveton 42 – Normangee 23. Normangee tried an onside kick off but Luke Taylor covered it for the Indians. The first play from scrimmage was a pass from Cade to Horace which we thought was a backward pass when all of a sudden, there Davuarrio Horace was on the 7 yard line. Saul carried for the 7 yards and a touchdown! With 1:43 left in the 3rd, Groveton led 48 – 23. Normangee ran 17 plays before finally scoring on a 26 yard pass and the extra points pass was good so now we are getting a little worried. Groveton 48 – Normangee 31. Groveton got the ball on the 37 but there was a mixup on the snap and Cade was thrown for -15 and a fumble which the Panthers recovered. Two plays later, the Panthers scored again! It is now Groveton 48 – Normangee 37; we are really getting worried! But, Ethan ran for 2, Cade passed to Eli for 7, Ethan ran for 11, Saul caught a pass for 34 before Ethan ran for the Indians touchdown; 5:35 left in the ball game. Saul ran the extra points in – Groveton – 56 – Normangee 37. Normangee started on their 29 yard line but with 4th & 5, Eli Stewart intercepted a pass for a 67 yard gain! Ethan ran for 3, Cade ran for 1, Cade passed to Eli for 11 carrying to the Panthers 1 yard line. We were penalized for 5 yards but Saul carried for 6 and the final Indian's touchdown. Here, the Indians showed good sportsmanship as Cade took a knee on the extra point try. Final: GROVETON 62 – NORMANGEE – 37! A great game with lots of effort by all! GO BIG RED!