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Mr. Buddy Garrity
05-18-2005, 10:19 AM
BLUE DEFEATS WHITE
IN JT SPRING GAME




By HAROLD WILSON, Staff Writer May 17, 2005



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THOMAS BROOKS: John Tyler's new head football coach gives directions during the JT Blue and White Game Tuesday at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.(Staff Photo By Tom Worner)


Almost the same defensive unit that shouldered a great deal of last year's load tilted John Tyler's spring fling completely in their favor.

The Blue unit, representing the defense, stalled out their offensive counterparts, dominating the Blue-White exhibition 53-26 while more than 1,000 spectators watched Tuesday at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

More than 110 junior varsity and varsity players dressed out for the game, which featured four quarters worth of non-stop action between the offense and defense. The spring game climaxed four weeks of practices for JT under new head coach Thomas Brooks, hired in January just six weeks after the Lions wrapped up a disappointing 2-8 season.


A new-look JT offense, trying to open it up more with a spread offense under Brooks and Co., confronted stiff opposition from a Lion defense stacked nearly with all of its members back from a group that topped the district in yards allowed last season through the eighth game.

The Lion stop unit recovered four fumbles, picked off three passes, recorded two sacks and tackled a White ballcarrier behind the line of scrimmage 14 times.

Each interception and fumble recovery counted as five points, sacks for two and tackles for losses for one each. The offense picked up six points per touchdown and one each for a first down and gain of 20 yards or more.

The White team's only TD occurred late in the scrimmage, when Leland Malina bounced off right tackle for a 5-yard score.

JT operated out of the shotgun with four receivers most of the evening, but called for a run on 48 of 72 snaps, which netted 18 first downs. JT totaled 177 yards rushing while three quarterbacks combined to complete 10 of 24 passes for 95 yards, three interceptions and no touchdowns.

Standout back Kendall Hunter, suited up in a white jersey, logged spot duty. Hunter, coming off a 1,000-yard plus sophomore campaign, rushed just four times for two yards.

Kerry Maddox operated JT's spread formation with the most success. Maddox, who played a variety of skill positions last season as a junior, connected on 6 of 10 passes - one to himself on a ricochet - for 69 yards and two interceptions. He added 16 yards rushing on three quarterback keepers.

Derrell Allen also received a good portion of the snaps from center. Allen, a junior-to-be, located receivers on 6 of 16 attempts for 25 yards.

Malina carried nine times for 47 yards to pace the White ballcarriers while Adren Dorsey hauled in two passes for 23 yards to lead the receiving corps.

The JT offense, which averaged a district-worst 204 yards and 11 points per game in 2004, rotated several backs and receivers as 21 different players touched the ball on separate occasions and stepped off 25 yards rushing.

Defensively, linebacker Chris Burns headed the charge for the Blue, getting a hand in on nine tackles and falling on one fumble. Marquise Hawkins and Democia Nelson tied for the Blue team lead with two stops each behind the line of scrimmage.

Harland Williams enjoyed perhaps the biggest evening, picking off Maddox first and Allen later in the end zone to thwart a White scoring drive.

Christopher Walker, Warren Marsh and Andrew Jaimez each pounced on loose balls for the Blue defense.

With spring workouts complete, the JT offense gets time to refine its spread offense with 7-on-7 competition beginning next week. JT advanced to the 7-on-7 state quarterfinals a year ago in only its second year in the passing-oriented league.

After opening up spring drills a week later than usual in August, JT kicks off the regular season versus Texas High Aug. 26 in the East Texas Football Classic at Rose Stadium.




Maybe he's the man to bring 'em back to the playoffs.