By Zach Duncan
Sunday, June 16, 2013

Jabari Anderson said his height kept him from being a Division I tailback.

But no one was bigger Saturday night in the 76th annual Oil Bowl.

The Wylie East runner set an Oil Bowl rushing record at Memorial Stadium in East Texas’ 22-17 victory over West Texas

Anderson, who is headed to Tarleton State, gained 187 yards on 24 carries, breaking the prevous yardage record by 21 yards, set by Ardmore’s Freddie Hurd in 1976.  His biggest run was a 74-yarder in the fourth quarter.

“They mainly go off my height, not my heart,” the 5-8 running back said.  “The line clicked and got som great blocks, and I just cut them.  I can’t wait for college and put my team on my back.”

With four touchdowns in the game’s first 15 minutes, this all-star game had the makings of a shootout.  West Texas held a 17-13 lead at halftime, but East Texas owned the line of scrimage after intermission.

West Texas was held to only 125 yards rushing on 49 attempts.  Van Alstyne linebcker Alex Cole was named Defensive MVP, finishing with eight tackles, including 4.5 for losses.

SMU signee Justin Lawler had 10 tackles and factored into the most important defensive sequence, which came late when West Texas was driving for the potential go-ahead touchdown.

Saamford’s Hagen Hutchinson, who was the predominant West Texas quarterback, had alredy converted one fourth down.  Facing Fourth-and-7 from the East Texas 12, Lawler pressured Hutchinson, whose quick pass resulted in a 9-yard loss to Dee Paul with 2:14 lest.

“In the second half, everybody settled down andfigured each other out a bit,” West Texas coach Keith Ivy (Seymour) said.  “We struggled in the second half moving the bal, andthey were able to put some drives together.”

Big plays kept East Texas going in the first half despite committing three turnovers.  Gainesville’s David Moore, Jr. found the end zone on a 54-yard reverse for the first point.

But West Texas answered with three straignt scores to take control at 17-6 early inthe second quarter.

Stamford’s Hagen Hutchinson found Boyd’s Blake McDonald for an 18-yard score on fourth down,and Shaun Barnard converted a 49-yard field goal on the next drive.

After an East Texas fumble, Amarillo’s Josh Woods capped off a 30-6ard drive with a 1-yard touchdown.  While Anderson was the star of Saturday’s game, Woods (West Texas A&M) also looked impressive with 92 rushing yards.

The East answered quickly with the biggest momentum swing of the night.  On the ensuing kickoff, Sherman’s J. T. Luper broke several tackles en route to a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

“We kind of stubbed our toe early in the first half with those two big turnovers,” East Texas coach Brian Polk (Byron Nelson) said.  “We got back in it with that kickoff return, which is about as bigt of a highlight that I’ve seen a kid make.  He was a one-man show out there and it kind of got us going.”

Another big playled to the East’s go-ahead touchdown in the second half as Moore Jr. took a handoff in motion and gained 43 yards.  That set up Quade Coward’s 2-yard touchdown run.

Munday’s Dee Paul made his biggest contribution on special teams, returning two kickoffs for 30 and 62 yards.  He was held to 20 yards rushing on 18 attempts andhad two catches for 6 yards.

“Their two defensive ends were monsters,” Paul said. “They can play, but everybody out here can play.  Nobody’s a scrub.”

Graham’s Jarrod Mahan had the game’s only interception,while Rider’s Brodey West led the West in receiving with two catches for 31 yards.  Mahan and his ex-Graham teammate Hunter Walls had five tackles as did Holliday’s Sam Shirley.

Rider’s D.J. Arnold had five tackles in the win, while former teammate Brandon Williams had a 30-yard field goal.

East Texas 22, West Texas 17
East Texas 6 7 9 0  — 22
West Texas 10 7 0 0 — 17

EAST —  David Moore Jr. 54 run (pass failed, 6:11
WEST —  Black McDonald 18 pas from Hagen Hutchinson (Shaun Barnard kick), 2:36
WEST —  Barnard 49 field goal, 1:14

WEST — Josh Woods 1 Run (Barnard kick), 9:43
EAST — J. T. Luper 100 kickoff return (Brandon Williams kick), 9:25

EAST — Quade Coward 2 run (pass failed), 7:50
EAST — Brandon Williams 30 field goal, 3:26

E. Texas W. Texas
First downs 14 13
Rushes-Yards 38-297 49-125
Passing 76 55
Comp-Att-Int 10-20-1 5-12-0
Punts 2-32 6-42.7
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 3-1
Penalties-Yards 5-60 3-31

Individual Statistics

RUSHING — (ET) Jabari Anderson 24-187; David Moore 3-93; Dwadareus Chapel2-11; Quade Coward 2-8; Tate Fenoglio 2-5; Freddy Gibbs: 1-3; Colby Mahon: 1-0;Brylen Williams: 2-(-3);
(WT) Jose Woods 14-92;Dee Paul 18-20; Roddrick Taylor:1-8:  Hagen Hutchinson: 1-3; Dominique Bobo 1-(-5)

PASSING:  (ET) Quade Coward: 6-12-1, 38; Colby Mahon 4-8-0, 38.
(WT) Hagen Hutchinson: 5-12-0, 55.

RECEIVING —  (ET) Brandon Fleischmann 1-20; Kwadareus Chapel: 4-17; Brandon Williams: 1-15; David More: 1-14; Freddy Gibbs: 1-8; Jabari Anderson: 2-2.
(WT) Brodey West: 2-31; Blake McDonald: 1-18; Dee Paul: 2-6.