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Timpson Bears ready to see where they stand

By Ronny Samford

Last year the Timpson Bears struggled in pre-district play and went into conference play with a very unimpressive 0-4 record before winning two straight District 11 Class 2A games to begin conference play. Timpson eventually went 4-1 in league play and won their first playoff matchup with Evadale in a thrilling 45-39 win before being unseated by Chilton 33-7 in the second round of post-season play.

The Bears once again know that their pre-conference schedule hosts some pretty stiff competition. Timpson will start out with All Saints Episcopal Academy, Harleton, Beckville, Lovelady and Joaquin in non-district regular season contests.

In District 11 Class 2A play the Bears will face Mount Enterprise, Overton, Tenaha and Maud. Fruitvale High School has forfeited their 2015 games.

Fourth year Head Football Coach James Conway has a wealth of returning starters on this year’s team. Offensively the Bears have 9 starting players coming back from last year’s team and defensively they have 8.

The Bears are now utilizing a new offensive line coach, Patrick Pickens this year. Conway noted "Patrick has fit in and is contributing a lot to our team already."

 

Timpson played a brand of football nicknamed ‘Iron Man football’ which means many players didn’t get much rest during ballgame. The Bears were down to as little as 20 players at times during last season’s games. This year the Bears roster is holding steady at around 2 dozen players early but time will tell how injury affects their numbers.

Senior Chandler Burgay is veteran signal caller for the Bears and is excellent at being an accurate passer and keeping the pigskin off of the ground. Twin Brothers Hayden and Hunter Smith are seniors this season and will likely play big roles on both offense and defense. Seniors Chris Piro, James Moore, TJ Thompson and Devonta Thompson all play major roles on this football team.

The Bears linemen have moved up and are veterans with most of their members being Juniors this season. Juniors Jose Mejia, Jeremy Wagstaff and Taujhmon Earl are among the leaders of the underclassmen who help the seniors pull the weight on both sides of the football, as well as special teams.

In the Timpson Bears first scrimmage their varsity football team struggled during their game with the visiting Groveton Indians

The Bears first possession, during controlled play, saw them move the ball at times but they never got enough momentum to make a serious scoring threat.

Groveton scored twice in their allotted plays, once on a 57 yard touchdown reception, and a two point conversion, and again on a 22 yard touchdown catch-and-run.

During the first possession of timed scrimmage play, Timpson was unable to move the ball on their first possession and punted the ball to the Indians with 10:40 left in the period.

Timpson's defense stepped up and held the Indians offense to minimal yardage which forced Groveton to punt the ball back to THS with 8:03 remaining.

 

The Bears were forced to punt from their own 33 yard line after their second offensive drive stalled with 2:22 left in the first timed period.

Moments later Groveton scored from 77 yards away on a touchdown run which put them up 6-0 with 1:05 left in the first of two 15 minute timed quarters.

This would prove to be the final score for either team although Timpson made a serious threat when, after a Bears interception, Hunter Smith connected on a 44 yard pass which put the ball near Groveton's 30 yard line with 3:40 left in the contest. Timpson's drive stalled however and they were forced, once again, to punt the ball away.

The Bears will play at All Saints Episcopal Academy next Saturday, August 29 at 7 p.m.

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