Rangers on a roll

SVHS eliminates SA Clark 48-20, meets San Benito this Friday

John Kastner

The Smithson Valley Rangers knew that they had to contain Clark running-back Jerrell Wilkerson if they were to beat the Cougars Saturday afternoon.

Come game time, in a soggy, rain soaked Farris Stadium, South Texas pigskin fans witnessed a real showdown and by the time the final whistle had sounded, Coach Larry Hill and crew had advanced to this Friday's quarterfinals via a super 48-20 win over Clark.

"We did an outstanding job of containing Wilkerson all afternoon long," commented Hill, "and we played an excellent defensive game ... that really made the difference in the final outcome."

"All week long in practice, we had to work on how to play our defense especially like a player in Wilkerson," noted linebacker Joe Pawelek. "He's a great one and will go a long way especially once the college draft starts."

The Rangers dented the scoreboard first with 7:43 left in the first frame, David Gutierrez hit pay-dirt on an 18-yard run. The touchdown was setup after the Rangers took the opening kickoff and blasted 80 yards in nine plays.

However Clark wasted little time to make its move. Wilkerson dashed 43 yards in two plays and crashed into the zone to make a 7-7 tie with 4:36 showing.

A handful of miscues by Clark gave the Rangers the Clark 29 yard line. Four plays later, signal-caller Zack Bailey scored a one-yarder and the Rangers led 14-7 with 10:10 left in the first half.

But the Cougars swarmed back to tie the score again, 14 all with 1:43 left as Clark quarterback Southern Ellis pitched to Adam Saur for a six-yarder.

The Rangers were still knocking at the door with 29 seconds ticking. Bailey found Blake Schrock on a 10-yard swing for paydirt and a 21-14 cushion.

Hill and crew added another score with 3:12 left in the third stanza with another miscue by Ellis who threw the pigskin, which was then tipped by Rangers' Ray Corona right into the hands of Mykel Kovar. Bailey then connected with Schrock once again and made the score 28-14.

The Rangers made it 34-14 with 11:51 left in the final frame as Bailey tossed to Schrock on a 14 yard scamper followed by a four-yard plunge by David Cook with 2:45 remaining to ice down the 48-14 victory.

Clark finally scored its final touchdown with 2:22 left.

Zack Bailey compiled 110 yards passing plus 77 yards rushing.

The Rangers will take their show to the Alamodome this Friday in a regional quarterfinal match against a solid (11-0) San Benito at 4 p.m. Tickets are on sale at Smithson Valley until Thursday at the Smithson Valley fieldhouse.

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