Frenship makes playoffs with win over Palo Duro

Frenship has secured a spot in the Class 4A playoffs.

The Tigers kept their undefeated season in tact with a 61-35 victory over Palo Duro Friday at Dick Bivins Stadium in Amarillo.

Frenship produced its second best offensive effort this season with over 615 total offensive yards. Despite nearly doubling Palo Duro’s score, the Tigers offensive effort was needed for the first half of the game as the Don’s kept the game within a touchdown.

“I just wanted to win and we got that done,” said Frenship head coach Brad Davis. “It is a great district win. Anytime you win in this district, it’s big. These teams we are playing, Palo Duro included, are throwing some things at us that we are not seeing on film. It is taking us some adjustments on the blocking scheme.”

The adjustments Frenship made in the second half were all the right ones. The Tigers outscored Palo Duro 41-20 in the second half and the Don’s were unable to keep their momentum.

Frenship fell behind early when Palo Duro scored on the first play of the game with a 63-yard pass from Malik Sims to Montrel Meander. The Don’s extra point attempt was good, however, it was called back due to an illegal shift. Palo Duro went for the two-point conversion on the retry and Willie Riley rushed to the right to complete the conversion.

Frenship marched to the Palo Duro 9-yard line, but were stalled in the red zone and settled for a 26-yard field goal from Josh Sparkman.

After forcing Palo Duro to a turnover on downs the next drive, Frenship drove the ball 64 yards to take the lead on a 13-yard touchdown run from Tucker Tuberville. Frenship converted on a two-point conversion pass from Tuberville to Zak Britton to take an 11-8 lead.

The Tigers continued to shift the momentum when Shane Birchfield sacked Sims for a safety the ensuing drive.

Frenship received the ball at mid-field after the free kick and seven plays later, the Tigers scored on a 12-yard run from Tuberbville to take a 20-8 lead.

The two teams traded possessions with two Palo Duro stops and a interception from Frenship’s Cade Davis.

The Don’s kept the game close with a 93-yard run from Meander with three minutes remaining in the half to make the score 20-15.

Coming out of the first half, Frenship found itself in a situation they had not scene all season.

A 17-yard touchdown pass from Sims to Charleston White gave Palo Duro the lead and it was the first time the Tigers have trailed in the second half this season.

The two teams traded touchdowns again before the Tigers took the final lead.

Frenship running back Bobby Huey had been contained the first half of the game before breaking for a 57-yard touchdown and an 80-yard touchdown on the Tigers ensuing possession to swing the momentum. Huey finished with 228 yards and three touchdowns.

“It all starts with momentum,” said Huey. “They came out and scored on the first play and that shot our momentum. We had to concentrate a little better and prepare. We expected them to come out and play because if they win, they go to the playoffs, they had everything to prove tonight. You have to give all the credit to the offensive line, we go out and make some adjustments because (Palo Duro) knew what we were going to do since we are an 80 percent run team. We made some adjustments and it worked out.”

After a 45-yard touchdown from D’Maujeric Tucker to give the Tigers an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter, Palo Duro remained resilient scoring on a 26-yard pass to Willie Riley.

The Tigers answered back with a 56-yard pass from Tuberville to Chad Quisenberry. Tuberville finished the game 11-for-16 with 210 yards and three touchdowns.

Huey reached the end zone once more with a 26-yard run with less than a minute remaining to put the game away.

“We have a lot of guys returning from last season,” said Huey. “We didn’t want the same outcome as last season. We’ve come together and everyone wants to win.”



Frenship 13 7 20 21 – 61

Palo Duro 8 7 14 6 – 35

First Quarter
PD—Montrel Meander 63 pass from Malik Sims (Willie Riley run)
FRE—Josh Sparkman 26 FG
FRE—Tucker Tuberville 13 run (Zak Britton pass from Tuberville)
FRE—Safety, Malik Sims tackled in end zone
Second Quarter
FRE—Tuberville 12 run (Sparkman kick)
PD—Meander 93 run (Tito Estrada kick)
Third Quarter
PD—Charleston White 17 pass from Sims (Dyonne Luke pass from Sims)

FRE—Tuberville 7 run (Sparkman kick)
PD—Joseph Taylor 17 pass from Meander (kick blocked)
FRE—Bobby Huey 57 run (kick blocked); 2:19
FRE—Huey 80 run (Sparkman kick)
Fourth Quarter
FRE—D’Maujeric Tucker 45 run (Sparkman kick)
PD—Willie Riley 26 pass from Sims (run failed)
FRE—Chad Quisenberry 56 pass from Tuberville (Sparkman kick)
FRE—Huey 26 run (Sparkman kick); :52.7

First downs 22 18
Rushes-yards 43-402 27-165
Passing yards 210 260
Comp.-att.-int. 11-16-0 17-33-1
Punts-avg. 3-32.6 3-24.0
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties-yards 8-75 10-81

RUSHING: Frenship, Bobby Huey 18-228, D’Maujeric Tucker 7-76, Tucker Tuberville 9-53, Keiondre Gober 2-28, Bryndan Arredondo 5-23, Troy Gonzales 1-2, Zak Britton 2-1; Palo Duro, Montrel Meander 9-148, Malik Sims 15-14, Willie Riley 1-6, Joseph Taylor 1-0, Brandon Roberson 1-(-3).
PASSING: Frenship, Tuberville 11-16-0—210; Palo Duro, Sims 17-32-1—243, Meander 1-1-0—17.
RECEIVING: Frenship, Quisenberry 5-129, Britton 1-32, Gober 2-22, Huey 1-21, Cade Davis 1-6; Palo Duro, Meander 2-83, Riley 5-72, White 7-71, Taylor 2-26, Dyonne Luke 1-4.

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