Weatherford Democrat

December 19, 2013

Cameron Yoe beats Wall for title


Weatherford Democrat

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Traion Smith rushed for 157 yards and four touchdowns as Cameron Yoe repeated as champion of Class 2A Division I with a 35-14 victory over Wall on Thursday.

Yoe (15-1) broke a 14-14 tie early in the fourth quarter with a 15-play, 85-yard drive capped by a 6-yard pass from quarterback Jason Kopriva to wideout Aaron Sims. Kopriva converted two third downs on the drive with passes and a fourth down on a fake-punt pass.

Smith added two insurance touchdown runs in the final 7:09.

Yoe has won three state football titles, the other being in 1981 in Class 3A.

This was the first trip to a state football final for Wall (15-1). The Hawks' triple-option flexbone offense rushed for 279 yards, led by Brent Matschek with 107 on seven carries. Wall's four second-half possessions ended in three turnovers and a punt.

The score was tied 14-14 at halftime despite Wall having outgained Yoe 251 yards to 128, the Hawks running 36 plays to the Yoemen's 18.

Wall's first-quarter touchdown run of 54 yards by Matschek, untouched over the final 40 yards, was matched by a 2-yard scoring run by Smith. The Yoemen's drive was set up by a 63-yard kickoff return by Sims. He muffed the kick at the 15-yard line, avoided two ankle tackles near the hashmarks, and broke to the left sideline to reach Wall's 22-yard line.

Yoe took its first lead at 14-7 lead on Smith's second 2-yard touchdown run when he followed the inside blocking of left tackle Joshua Stubbs with 4:54 remaining the half. Wall responded with a 72-yard march that ended with only 11 seconds left in the half. Running back Kris Gutierrez's sprint around left end for a 10-yard touchdown came on fourth-and-6.