ALVIN – It was a frustrating night for the Terry Rangers, as errors and blown assignments led to a tough loss to open the 2019 campaign.
Bush took advantage of Ranger miscues and made some big plays of its own in a 28-6 win on Thursday night at Alvin Memorial Stadium.
While the Broncos made a couple of big passing plays that led to touchdowns, Terry was beset by penalties and mental errors, including a bad snap that went into the end zone for a Bush touchdown.
“It wasn’t them making big plays, it was us shooting ourselves in the foot,” Terry head coach Cornelius Anthony said. “We can’t snap the ball in the end zone and stuff like that.”
The Rangers did play well for most of the first quarter, with the defense holding Bush’s running game in check. But the Broncos struck first with 2:27 left in the quarter as quarterback Jaden Pate found receiver Jalen Weatherspoon for a 32-yard touchdown pass.
On the next drive, Terry had a snap that quarterback Brandon Kyles couldn’t handle and went into the end zone, recovered by the Broncos for the score. Bush had taken a 14-0 lead in the span of 16 seconds.
In the second quarter, Terry had pinned the Broncos to their own 1-yard line. Two plays later, Pate found Weatherspoon again as he ran past his defender to haul in a pass and ran 96 yards for a touchdown to make it 21-0.
Bush then took the opening drive of the second half for another score, as Pate hit Weatherspoon for a 34-yard strike to set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Pate to put the Broncos up by four touchdowns.
Terry finally got something going on offense late in the third quarter, when senior running back Eric Andrade broke out for a 32-yard gain, and two plays later, senior running back Quincy Johnson went through the left side and outran everyone for a 27-yard touchdown run to put the Rangers on the board.
“Like I tell them, if they do what we tell them to do, we’ll look like superstars,” Anthony said. “On that play, all 11 players executed and did what they were supposed to do. And (Quincy) broke it for a huge touchdown run.”
Terry had 243 rushing yards for the game with only 17 passing yards.
The Ranger defense was strong against the run, holding the Broncos to only 66 rushing yards. But Terry gave up 209 passing yards and two passing touchdowns.
Terry (0-1) will work on its fundamentals and try to get healthy with a long week of preparation before facing Dulles next Saturday at Mercer Stadium in Sugar Land.
“There’s not too many teams in our district where we can just out-athlete our opponent,” Anthony said. “So we have to do the little things right. We have to be disciplined and can’t make mistakes. We can’t afford to do that.”