Cannon, Chaps take down Lone Star
By Richard Greene
The Aubrey Chaparrals added a new wrinkle for the District 10-3A opener, lining versatile and quick Cole Cannon up at quarterback in the shotgun.
The Frisco Lone Star Rangers never found an answer for Cannon, who kept the chains moving all night for the Chaparrals with big plays on the ground and through the air. Cannon rushed for 131 yards and threw for 108, leading Aubrey to 28-17 victory at Chaparral Stadium.
“I was excited when they told me I was going to do it. I was just trying to make plays for my team,” Cannon said. “The line blocked awesome. The defense came up big and helped the offense all night.”
In a five-team league, the victory gives the Chaparrals an inside track to one of the four playoff spots with three district games remaining. It was also a win over a red-hot Lone Star team that entered district at 5-1.
“This is huge,” Cannon said. “Nobody had us picked to win. We’re excited. We’re trying to get a seed in the playoffs.”
Cannon kept Lone Star off balance weaving up field for tough yards. He averaged more than seven yards on his 18 carries. He also pulled up to hit several big passes.
“They couldn’t account for him,” said Aubrey coach Mike Segleski. “He’s so little and we were running leads with him with three guys in front of him, and they couldn’t find him. He’s such a smart instinctive kid. He knew when to run it and when to throw it.”
Cannon connected with Phillip Wilds from 25-yards out for the Chaparrals’ first touchdown.
In the fourth quarter with Aubrey holding on to a 21-17 lead, Cannon hit Calvin Stang for a 40-yard pass that moved the Chaparrals across midfield and set up a game-clinching 4-yard touchdown run by Daniel Longhenry.
Cannon finished 5 of 7 through the air for 108 yards.
“I was a little surprised. I haven’t played quarterback but once. It was exciting to be back there to help.”
Cannon also got help in the Chaparrals’ ball-control offense from Longhenry, who finished with 125 yards on 19 carries. His 38-yard scamper around the end to the Lone Star 1, set up Sam Heath’s go-ahead touchdown with 11:20 remaining.
Taking over at its 25 after Evan Moore boomed the ball through the end zone for a touchback, Lone Star went on a march. Lone Star needed just four plays to reach the Aubrey 34. Lone Star quarterback Chase Moake then tried to force the ball down field and Aubrey freshman cornerback Tanner Gardner picked off the ball at 3-yard line. He returned it to 13. Segleski said it was sweep redemption for the freshman, who got beat last week in the final seconds against Trinity Valley for the game-winning touchdown.
“What a big-time play,” Segleski said. “Last week in the corner that was on him. For him to come back this week and get that pick to essentially win the game for us was huge.”
Aubrey, which gave up 10 points in Lone Star’s first three possessions, held the Rangers scoreless in the second half. Lone Star ran only 20 plays on offense after halftime due to stops by the Aubrey defense and the Chaparrals’ efforts to shorten the game offensively.
“We were trying to control the clock all night and wait ’til it got down to a few seconds on the play clock. We’ve got players going both ways. They don’t have any. We were just trying to slow things down to give us a shot.”