Whitesboro, Ford take down Chaps
By David Hausman
The Aubrey Chaparrals had an early lead, but could not hold it against the Whitesboro Bearcats stingy defense and running back Cody Ford.
Ford rushed for 110 yards and caught a 46-yard touchdown pass, while the Bearcats held Aubrey to 25 yards and no first downs in the second half of a 27-13 Whitesboro victory.
The loss dropped Aubrey to 1-2.
The Chaparrals, who piled up the yards last week in a win over Anna, had little success moving the ball against Whitesboro. Aubrey finished with 134 yards.
Whitesboro stymied Aubrey’s running game and the Chaparrals failed to get anything going through the air.
“When teams take away our bread and butter on offense, we don’t have an answer for it yet,” said Aubrey coach Mike Segleski. “We have to be able to throw the ball and right now we are not very good at it.”
Whitesboro sacked Aubrey quarterback Mason Robinson six times and pressured him several other times. He finished the game with 58 passing yards, completing five of his 12 attempts.
Aubrey found some room to run in the first half, gaining 74 yards on the ground and scoring twice. Robinson scored both touchdowns on 2-yard runs. The first gave Aubrey a 7-6 lead. His second run tied the game at 13.
In the second half, Whitesboro made the adjustments and held Aubrey to two yards on the ground.
Defensively, the Chaparrals were tasked with containing Whitesboro senior tailback Collin Kilcrease, who ran for more than 2,000 yards last season. Aubrey limited Kilcrease to 69 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
But the Chaparrals found no answer for Kilcrease’s running mate Ford, who tallied 156 total yards and two touchdowns.
“I felt coming into the game that we needed to stop #2 [Cody Ford],” Segleski said. “He made a couple of big plays and that was the difference in the ballgame.”
Ford’s 48-yard run opened the scoring. His 46-yard touchdown reception from Kyle Lynn late in the second quarter put the Bearcats up for good at 20-13.
Ford added a long run in the fourth quarter to set up Lynn’s 1-yard plunge into the end zone to put the game out of reach.
Aubrey responded to Ford’s first touchdown with an 11-play, 75-yard drive that ate 5:06 off the clock. Daniel Longhenry carried the ball six times for 25 yards on the drive.
Robinson hit Josh Millican and RyLee Hellman with passes to keep the march going.
A facemask penalty and Longhenry run put the ball at the 2 for Robinson to sneak into the end zone.
After Kilcrease gave Whitesboro the lead early in the second quarter, the Aubrey defense set up a tying score for the Chaparrals. Chancy Hull sacked Lynn at the Bearcat 15-yard line and forced a fumble. Cole Cannon picked up the loose ball and got it to the 7.
Two plays later, Robinson pushed the ball into the end zone from a yard out to tie the score at 13.
That was all the scoring the Chaparrals could muster.
“We definitely had our chances tonight,” Segleski said. “Our defense played a good game. They made a couple of mistakes to give up the big plays. Offensively, we have to find a way to get our passing game going.”