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12/20/1992  Schulenburg runs past Goldthwaite  Football

Schulenburg runs past Goldthwaite

Ted Dunnam/Assistant Sports Editor

December 20, 1992

Houston To an excruciating extent Saturday, the Goldthwaite Eagles found out what the House of Pain is all about.

It would have been hard to imagine any enjoyment coming from playing in the cold, wet, miserable weather outside, but indoor football was certainly no pleasant alternative for the Eagles in the Astrodome.

In its 35-20 loss to the Schulenburg Shorthorns in the Class 2A state championship football game, head coach Gary Proffitts football team was simply outclassed.

Then again, for the second consecutive year in the playoffs, every team that has encountered the Shorthorns has been outclassed.

"We played an outstanding ballclub today," Proffitt said. "What else can you say? They get off the ball so quick, and they just controlled the line of scrimmage.

"There was really nothing much we could do. We wanted to make some things happen offensively, but they just werent there."

The Shorthorns, who disposed of Albany a year ago in similar fashion on a drenched field in Waco, were just as convincing Saturday.

Schulenburg, in opening a 21-7 halftime lead, had 300 yards of total offense and 16 first downs. The Eagles managed only four first downs in the first half and a quick-strike touchdown. That Eagle score came only 13 seconds after the Shorthorns had opened a 14-0 lead.

Starting at its 42-yard line, Goldthwaite needed only one ply to account for its touchdown, a 58-yard strike from quarterback Craig Auldridge to split end Bryan Jernigan with exactly 10 minutes left in the half.

If that promised a glimmer of hope for Goldthwaite faithful, it was snuffed out 36 seconds before halftime when Schulenburgs outstanding sophomore halfback Jason Houston scored on a 17-yard run.

That back-breaking drive began Schulenburgs 34 with 2:08 left in the half and Shorthorn quarterback Casey Taber, a first-team all-stater, methodically marched his team downfield for the touchdown.

That score proved to take the wind out Goldthwaites sail as the second half began. The Eagles were unable to manage a first down in the third quarter while Schulenburg was opening a 28-7 lead on an 8-yard run by Houston.

And speaking of Houston, the 180-pounder will be around to terrorize defenses another two years. Goldthwaites defense saw enough of his elusive frame in just one afternoon as he rambled for 203 yards on 22 carries.

Taber complemented Houstons rushing performance with 148 yards passing, 33 yards rushing and two touchdowns while leading a Shorthorn defense that limited Goldthwaite to just 17 yards rushing.

"We really wanted to take them out of their game plan," Taber said. "Our offensive line did a great job. With Jasons speed and strength, we were able to get him around the corner."

And when Houston wasnt darting through Goldthwaites defense, Taber was picking apart the Eagles secondary.

Schulenburgs dominance practically made Goldthwaites offense invisible, although Auldridge did enjoy a fine statistical day passing. The Eagle senior completed 9 of 14 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns.

Two of those scoring tosses came in the fourth quarter to Jon Robello, covering 21 and 42 yards.

But those scores were just a drop in the bucket after what had transpired in the third quarter.

After Schulenburg went ahead 28-7 with 5:49 remaining in the period, Goldthwaite was penalized five yards on first down, and then lost yardage on each of its next four plays.

The Eagles, despite their struggles, found themselves down only 28-14 with 10:13 left in the game.

That came about after Eagle Daniel Branton recovered a fumble at the Schulenburg 33 on the second play of the fourth quarter.

On second-an-10, Auldridge was sacked for a 14-yard loss. However, Goldthwaite collected its initial first down of the second half on the play - a dead-ball, late-hit infraction was whistled on the Shorthorn defense.

Three plays later, Auldridge threaded the needle on a deep sideline route to Robello for a 21-yard scoring play.

Schulenburg wasted no time in responding, though, recovering the Eagles onside kick and marching 50 yards in nine plays with Taber optioning right from four yards out to boost the lead to 35-14.

With 4:46 left, that touchdown drove the final nail in Goldthwaites coffin.

The Eagles didnt give up the fight, and scored the next time they touched the ball. A 69-yard, six-play drive culminated in a 42-yard pass from Auldridge to Robello, who broke two tackles in scoring with 2:47 left.

But that was the last hurrah for Goldthwaite which could only watch as Schulenburgs offense consumed the remaining time.

"When they got the one right before halftime, that hurt," Proffitt said. "I dont know if it deflated us, but sure didnt help. It would have been a big difference going in down just one touchdown instead of two.

"I cant fault our kids effort. They played hard the whole game. They didnt give up. Schulenburg just did a good job on both sides of the ball."

The Shorthorns wore down Goldthwaites defense early, scoring on their second and third possessions of the game. Schulenburgs first scoring drive covered 80-yards and its second one was a 78-yard, nine-play march.

Those lengthy drives were a sign of things to come as Schulenburg finished with 27 first downs and 458 yards on offense.

Schulenburg 7 14 7 7 - 35
Goldthwaite 0 7 0 13 - 20

First Quarter
Schul - Deagan 9 run (Shepard kick)
Second Quarter
Schul - Taber 8 run (Shepard kick)
Gold - Jernigan 58 pass from Auldridge (Beard kick)
Schul - Houston 17 run (Shepard kick)
Third Quarter
Schul - Houston 8 run (Shepard kick)
Fourth Quarter
Gold - Robello 21 pass from Auldridge (Beard kick)
Schul - Taber 4 run (Shepard kick)
Gold - Robello 42 pass from Auldridge (kick failed)
A - 5,000

Schulenburg Goldthwaite
First downs 27 10
Rushes-yard 48-310 25-17
Passing 148 190
Comp-Att-Int 12-23-1 9-15-1
Punts 1-43 5-37
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 0-0
Penalties-Yards 4-30 1-5


RUSHING- Schulenburg: Jason Houston 22-203, Wes Deagan 11-33, Casey Taber 10-33, Daryl Janacek 5-41. Goldthwaite: Andy Beard 6-12, Ryan Rountree 2-10, Solomon Barrera 2-8, Heath Nuckolls 5-5, Craig Auldridge 10-(-18).

PASSING- Schulenburg: Taber 12-23-1, 148 yards. Goldthwaite: Auldridge 9-14-1, 190 yards; Heath Cockrum 0-1-0.

RECEIVING- Schulenburg: Janacek 6-69, Dennis Jurek 4-42, Kevin Marak 1-24, John Adams 1-13. Goldthwaite: Robello 2-63, Jernigan 2-62, Rountree 4-61, Beard 1-4.