WICHITA FALLS —
A high-flying passing attack and a relentless running game were the main attractions Friday, as the Springtown Porcupines returned to the playoffs taking on the Vernon Lions in a Class 3A bi-district tilt at Memorial Stadium. On paper, with common opponents in their slate for the 2012 season, as well as similar outcomes against those opponents, the Porcupines and Lions looked to be a match made in football fan heaven.
And the opposing offenses did not disappoint, totalling more than 900 yards on the night for both squads. The balance of the tilt came down to mistakes, and unfortunately for Springtown those numbers were large, as well.
Giving up the ball on four interceptions and two lost fumbles, Pojo dug themselves an early hole and fell too far behind, too late in the game to catch up. Springtown was eliminated from postseason play as Vernon won, 55-28.
After a promising start on its first possession netted the Porcupines 25 yards in three plays, the Lions picked up a fumble and returned the gift to the Springtown 5-yard line. Vernon took just one snap to take the early lead, with fullback Robert Thomas heading off the left guard to walk in standing up.
Thomas continued to be a catalyst for Vernon’s wing-T offense for the rest of the game, gaining 88 yards on 13 carries. But he wasn’t the only thorn for the Pojo defense.
Orlando Haymon, also running from the fullback spot, topped 170 yards as Vernon’s most prolific ball carrier, toting the pigskin 19 times and scoring three touchdowns.
On its second possession, Springtown punted after its drive stalled, a preferable outcome compared to the result of the next three. The Porcupines offense suffered three interceptions on three consecutive possessions, but were fortunate that only one of those resulted in a touchdown by the Lions.