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Bears come up short against Mustangs

By Ronny Samford
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Last Friday, the  Timpson Bears football team suffered a tough District 11 Class 2A loss to the visiting Overton Mustangs, by a 9-7 score. Timpson now stands at 1-1 in conference play with three league games remaining to be played. THS is 1-6 overall.
The Bears started their first possesseion with the ball at their own 40 yd line. They punted after finding themselve in a fourth down and four-yards to-go situation with 10:42 left in the opening period.
Each team exchanged possession in the first period without either team being able to score. Overton scored first, when Connor MacCasland ran a 7-yard touchdown into the endzone to start the second quarter. The Mustangs  extra point attempt failed and they led 6-0 with 11:54 remaining in the first half.
The Bears next offensive drive stalled and they were forced to punt the ball back to Overton with 10:51 left in the first half. Overton’s next drive saw a similar fate and the Bears regained the ball with 9:06 left in the second frame.
Chandler Burgay pitched the ball to Chris Piro who got the necessary yardage to get THS a first down at the Mustangs’ 21-yard line. Piro got another Timpson first down with eight minutes remaining, before the midway break, on a short yardage run at the 14-yard line. The Bears were backed up from their, however, as they turned the ball over on downs to Overton at the Mustangs’ 20-yard line just three plays later.
The Mustangs held on to their 6-0 lead throughout the remainder of the first half, and through the third period as well.
Timpson took a 7-6  lead over Overton, in the fourth quarter, when Hayden Smith bolted for a 46-yard touchdown and the Bears tacked on an extra point kick with 7:32 remaining in the contest.
A late Bears pass interference penalty helped OHS move to within scoring range. Overton later tacked on a late 25-yard field goal at the end of the game after the referee’s added one second on to the clock after it had apparently expired. The field goal gave Overton the narrow 9-7 win.
Hayden Smith led the Bears with 133 yards on 19 carries.
Timpson will travel to Tenaha for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff with the Tigers on Friday, October 23. Tenaha had an open week last weekend and beat Maud 47-13 on October 10. They are 1-0 in the conference and 1-5 overall this season.

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