By Scott Hansen
In an outcome that will raise eyes around the state but not in the northeast suburbs of San Antonio, a defensive battle broke out in the SAPreps Game of the Week as Schertz Clemens picked up an eye-opening and emphatic victory over Texas AP No. 10 Smithson Valley, 16-10.
Clemens brought with it a tremendous defensive unit allowing just 7.5 points per game and they controlled the tempo from start to finish over a potent offensive attack led by Smithson Valley quarterback Levi Williams.
After holding Smithson Valley to a punt with just 58 seconds ticking away on the game clock, quarterback Mitchell Fauber hit Tommy Bush on a 35-yard strike down to inside the five. Marshawn Brown from three yards out to give the Buffaloes an early 7-0 lead with 7:31 remaining in the first quarter.
On the third offensive possession, the Buffaloes converted a key fourth and one from the 33-yard line with 11:08 left in the second quarter to keep the drive alive. On the eighth play on the drive facing third down, Fauber hit Peyton McDowell on a 6-yard touchdown pass to give Clemens a 13-0 lead with 8:16 remaining in the first half.
Smithson Valley would finish with just 12 total yards in the first quarter and did not earn a first down until a 25-yard pass from Williams to TCU commit Trevon Moehrig-Woodard with 4:01 remaining in the second quarter.
The Rangers were able to drive it deep into Clemens territory, but were denied points after Jaques Tyler swiped his fifth pass of the season in the end zone and returned it 65 yards down to the 35-yard line before halftime. Clemens were unable to capitalize after Pierce intercepted his second pass of the contest.
Within the first minute of the first half, Clemens committed its third turnover of the night on a fumble to set up the Rangers in good field position. Smithson Valley’s offense once again sputtered against the stingy Buffaloes. Williams hit Ricky Rios on a fourth-and-11 down to the Clemens 9-yard line. Mason Reed would kick a 23-yard field goal to get Smithson Valley on the board with 8:22 remaining in the third quarter.
Smithson Valley would force a punt and take over on the 28-yard line after a nifty punt return by Moehrig-Woodard. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Moehrig-Woodard did the honors himself on the run-pass option and coasted into the end zone from 2 yards out to make it
In the fourth quarter, the Rangers were forced to punt with just over five minutes remaining. On the punt, an errant snap was a major setback for Smithson Valley. Savien Jenkins picked scooped up the mishap and ended up down at the Ranger 15-yard line.
Clemens went to its other quarterback in order to milk the clock and inch the football down the field in the red zone. Jordan Burleson and Brown shared responsibility as the Buffaloes drained the clock. With 2:00 on the clock, Noah Taylor booted a 25-yard field goal to give Clemens a 16-10 lead.
Smithson Valley had 62 yards to go and less than two minutes to do it. With 1:02 remaining, Clemens held on a fourth down attempt to preserve the victory.
Clemens remains unbeaten at 7-0 coming into a home contest against No. 1 Judson, who handled Wagner during Homecoming on Friday night. Smithson Valley falls to 6-1 and still is every bit as dangerous as before.
Note: Box Score is a rough estimate. Will update correct stats at a later date.