The West Texas Comanches played true to fashion against the Quanah Indians in Pampa Friday night. They kept their fans on the edge of their seats in several games this year, and Friday night was no exception. WT never led, but kept the score tied or within a touchdown the entire game. However, penalties and a costly fumble on a pitchout in the fourth quarter, ended up costing them the ball game. After a 61 yard punt put the Comanches at their own 12 yard line, the pitchout ended up on the ground and was recovered in the end zone by the Indians to put them up 32-26 with 6:25 left. The sad thing about it is, the turnover and score came after a brilliant defensive stand by the Comanches led by Ty Lay, Austin Ivy, Dylan Ewing, and Carlos Juarez.
The Comanches put together a gutsy drive behind the running of Chase Elliott. On fourth and six, quarterback Alex Ramirez gained four yards, and Quanah took over on downs and ran out the clock on West Texas Highâ€™s football season. Unfortunately, several costly penalties on the Comanches aided Quanah in scoring to break a 19 all tie in the third quarter.
Quanah scored after the Comanche defense had them backed up on a fourth and goal from the eighteen yard line. Ewing blocked the PAT and they led 6-0 with 6:17 in the first quarter. The Comanches came right back though. A forty yard run by Ramirez put WT on the Quanah thirth yard line. Brice Martin made a circus type diving catch to come down with the football on the Indian four. Elliott took the ball in for the touchdown on the next play. The PAT was no good and the score was tied at 6 with 3:34 in the first.
The Indians scored on their next possession on a 52 yard run. The kick was good and they again led 13-7 with 1:57 left in the first and that was the score at the end of the quarter.
The Tribe took the ensuing kick on their own forty four yard line. Another brilliant catch by Martin gave WT a first and goal at the seven yard line. Ramirez took the ball in for the score from the two. The kick was no good and the Comanches trailed 13-12 with 10:13 left in the second.
Both teams then went three and out. Quanah scored on a 38 yard pass with 5:33 until the half to go up 19-12. The Comanches came right back and tied the game on a two yard plunge by Clay Berry. The score was all tied up at 19 at halftime.
WT High received the all to start the third but went three and out. Their defense played tough but on fourth and goal from the five, the Indian receiver was wide open for a touchdown. The kick failed and Quanah led 26-19 with 5:40 in the third.
The Comanches went three and out and the Indians started from their own thirty two and drove downfield aided by two huge penalties on WT. A touchdown was called back on a holding penalty and then Ramirez stopped the drive with an interception at the goal line. The third ended with the a fourth and seven for WT and them trailing 26-19.
After a 61 yard Ramirez punt, the Comanche defense stepped up. Losses on all three downs provided by Ramirez, Juarez, Coleman, Elliott, Ewing, Justin Holmberg, and a key loss on third by Austin Ivy forced a punt on fourth and twenty. The punt went straight up in the air for a net kick of two yards.
WT scored two plays later on a fourteen yard pass to Coleman. Ramirezâ€™ kick was true and the score was knotted up again at 26 all with 7:39 remaining in the game. The Tribe then put up a brilliant defensive stand to force the Indians to punt. This time they got a great roll on the kick to put WT deep in their own territory at their twelve. The first play was the errant pitchout recovered by the Indians in the end zone and giving them the lead 32-26 with 6:25 ticks left in WTâ€™s football season.
No one panicked and the Comanches were solid in their drive going downfield behind the runs of four, eight, and seven yards by Elliott. The drive was stopped on fourth down and all the Indians had to do was get a couple of first downs to run out the clock.
Ramirez ran for 93 yards on 12 carries and Elliott had 66 on 11 carries.
The Comanches finish their year with a 7-4 record.
WT team stats:First Downs 15,Rushing 195, Passing 110, Total Yards 305, Penalties 6/75.
Quanah team stats: :First Downs 12, Rushing 189, Passing 186, Total Yards 375, Penalties 248.