(BRENHAM) – The fourth-ranked Blinn Buccaneers dominated the SE Prep Spartans 88-23 in their 2011 home opener at Cub Stadium.
Nahshon Davis (SO, Morton Ranch) set the tone of the game just seconds in, taking the opening kick-off 80 yards for a touchdown to put the Bucs up 7-0.
The Spartans would score on a 31-yard touchdown, but the extra point was blocked, making the score 7-6 with 12:14 remaining in the first. The Bucs would quickly strike again on the first play of their second possession on a 50-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Eric Matthews (FR, Brookshire Royal) to wide receiver Xavier Maxwell (SO, Humble) to take a 14-6 lead.
After a fumble recovery on the ensuing kick-off by Chris Dorsey (FR, Altair Rice), the Bucs would score again on a 14-yard quarterback keeper by Matthews to extend the lead to 21-6 with 9:45 left in the first quarter.
The Bucs next possession would produce a 46-yard touchdown pass from Matthews to wide receiver Saqwan Edwards (FR, Manvel) to put the Bucs up 28-6 at the 6:37 mark. Running back Marion Grice (SO, Aldine Nimitz) would then score on a 20-yard run to make the score 35-6 at the end of the first quarter.
The Spartans would add a field goal on the first play of the second quarter, then the Bucs would add another score on a 14-yard touchdown run by Brelyn Sorrells (FR, James Bowie) to make the score 42-9 with 5:02 remaining in the half.
Grice would add another touchdown run with 1:52 left, then Kurt Walker (FR, Hebron) added a field goal as time expired to take a 52-9 lead into the half.
The Bucs special teams would take care of the scoring in the third on a punt block recovery for a touchdown by Jeremy Baltazar (SO, Timberview) and a 13-yard punt return by John Gandy (So, Cy-Ridge). A 25-yard touchdown by the Spartans would make the score 65-15 at the end of the third.
In the fourth, the Bucs would tack on three more touchdowns and a safety to win by a decisive 88-23 margin.
Matthews finished the game 6-8 passing with 163 yards and two touchdowns. Maxwell finished with two catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns, and Sorrells led the Bucs’ running attack with 82 yards and two touchdowns on 11 rushes.
The Bucs next game is Sept. 10, as they face Northeastern Oklahoma A&M at 7 p.m. at Cub Stadium. In honor of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the Bucs will proudly salute all civil service men and women during halftime of the game. The first 350 fans will receive a patriotic t-shirt, presented by Scott and White of Brenham.