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Sunray Bobcats hands Comanches their second district loss

October 22, 2011

Senior Chase Elliott #27 takes the ball down the field for the West Texas High Comanches against Sunray. PHOTO BY DON RICE

The Sunray Bobcats came into Stinnett Friday undefeated, and left town unblemished as they handed the West Texas Comanches their second loss in as many weeks 27-13. Sunray remains undefeated to stay at the top of the tough 1A District, and WT falls to 1-2. The Comanches had only one turnover, a fumble at the Bobcat 35. It did not result in a Sunray score, but it killed a WT drive. Quarterback Alex Ramirez rushed for 129 on 20 carries. Defensively, big Ty Lay made many tackles throughout the contest and had three sacks late in the game. Shane Keasler and Austin Ivy were in on several plays also. Ramirez and Brice Martin both had an interception.
Sunray scored two first half touchdowns, the first with 11:16 in the first quarter, and the other with 7:22 in the first. They held a 14-0 lead over the Comanches at the half.
The Comanches took the second half kick at their own 42 after a 20 yard return by Brice Martin. WT put together a nice drive with runs from Chase Elliott and Colin Coleman, and a great 43 yard catch by Carlos Juarez.
Coleman took the ball in from three yards out. The kick was blocked and the score was 14-6 with 8:32 in the third. At last a ball game.
It didn’t last long, as the Bobcats answered with a score to make the score 21-6 with 5:22 in the third and that was the score at the end of three.
The Tribe put together a sweet little drive to start the fourth quarter. It looked as if the drive had stalled and the Comanches were going to punt. However, Ramirez did not punt, but ran the ball 19 yards for a first down at the Bobcat 18 yard line. On first and goal at the seven, Ramirez was intercepted at the one yard line.
The Comanche defense was tough, with three straight plays for no gain thanks to Lay and Keasler. Their QB pressure forced a quick throw from the end zone and Martin came up with an interception with a great return to the Sunray 21 yard line. The Comanches were unable to capitalize on the turnover and turned the ball over on downs, after a pass was just out of Martins hands in the end zone.
Sunray scored again with 2:33 left in the game to up their lead to 27-6. However, the Comanches were not satisfied to just run out the clock. They were determined to score again. Ramirez made an athletic 32 yard run and was hit out of bounds for 15 more yards after the play on a personal foul call. Elliott took the ball to the 16 yard line, and two plays later Ramirez scored on a one yard run. Ramirez’ kick was good for a 27-13 score with three ticks left in the game.
The Comanches move to 6-3 on the year and 1-2 in District. They are open next week and their last regular season game is at Stratford. The District has just five teams and anything can happen these last two weeks in what is perhaps the toughest Class A District in the state.

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