High School Football in Texas – Gunter-Nocona at Denton
Some High School football at its best – Class 2A – Division II, Region semifinal…
DENTON, Texas – Nocona (12-1), famed for its boots and leather goods, showed toughness on both sides of the oval in downing Gunter (10-2) 15-13 in the Class 2A Division II Regional semifinals Friday night here at the C.H. Collins Complex.
The winning Indians zipped to a pair of touchdowns in the first period and then staved off several advances by the eliminated Tigers after building a 15-0 advantage. Nocona also overcame 12 penalties and three turnovers in advancing to the 2a-II Regional finals.
RB Tate Fenoglio, who passed the 2,000-yard rushing milestone in the first half, hustled around right end with 6:21 left in the hello frame to stake NHS to a lead it would not relinquish. Edward Cardoza made his only catch (did not count in official stats since it on a PAT attempt) of the evening count on the two-point conversion on a loft by QB Hayden Hill to make it 8-0.
Fenoglio, who ended the evening with 94 yards on 17 carries after rushing for 88 yards in the opening half, snared a pass in the flat from Hill and scooted 37 yards for the Indians’ second and final tally. He closed the evening with 2,054 yards in 13 games on 277 carries with 21 TDs for the year. The nimble senior also led both teams with four catches for 45 yards and had a hand in seven tackles while playing both ways.
Gunter attempted a comeback with a 31-yard pass from backup quarterback Austin Gressett to Dakota Brewer in the second quarter to cut the margin to 15-7. A Nocona fumble into its own end zone from the 20-yard line resulted in the final score of the game as GHS LB Casen Driskill covered the loose ball.
From there it was a punting and “between the 20s” evening before Gunter stopped NHS on the Gunter 11-yard stripe to get the ball back with 4:15 left to play. The Tigers finally got their passing game going after misfiring on 10 consecutive attempts by quarterback J Bailey before they started trekking toward the NHS goal.
Aided by a roughness penalty and five connections for 43 yards on the ill-fated drive, Gunter got within striking distance at the Nocona 29 (GHS penetrated to the 24 but was penalized five yards). The Indians batted down a pair of passes and killed the clock with 1:00 left to play.
Gunter had a career night of 106 yards rushing by Cade Cruce on 17 carries while Nocona QB Hayden Hill had the game’s longest carry of 56 yards on the final non-scoring drive to close the contest with 84 yards rushing and 6-of-12 passing for 71 yards and the TD.
Nocona, which dressed 24 players in the semifinal, plays next against Corsicana Mildred (11-1) next Friday at Aledo (time TBD) in the 2A-DII Regional finals.
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Stats from Gunter-Nocona 2A Division II Playoff HS Football – Nov. 30, 2012
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Gunter 0 7 6 0 – 13
Nocona 15 0 0 0 – 15
NOC – Tate Fenoglio 13 run (Edward Cardoza pass from Hayden Hill)
NOC – Tate Fenoglio 37 pass from Hayden Hill (Raul Anaya kick)
GUN – Dakota Brewer 31 pass from Austen Gresset (Cade Cruce kick)
GUN – Casen Driskill recovered fumble in end zone (Cade Cruce run failed)
First Downs 11 10
Rushing Yards 35-149 37-156
Passing Yards 77 71
Passing 6-21-2 6-12-1
Punts-Avg 4-33.0 3-31.7
Penalties 6-55 12-86
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 4-2
Rushing – GUN: Cade Cruce 17-106; Dakota Hunter 10-37; J Bailey 4-6; Rhett Taylor 3-0; Team 1-0. NOC: Tate Fenoglio 17-94; Hayden Hill 12-82; Bryce Dingler 5-8; Team 3-(-28).
Passing – GUN: J Bailey 5-19-2-43; Austen Gressett 1-1-0-34; Cade Cruce 0-1-0-0. NOC: Hayden Hill 6-12-1-71.
Receiving – GUN: Cason Driskill 3-36; Dakota Brewer 1-34; Will Neely 1-7. NOC: Tate Fenoglio 4-45; Bryce Dingler 2-26.