Lumberjacks cut down Bobcats, 35-14

Published 10:17 pm Friday, October 6, 2017

ORANGEFIELD – A powerful Diboll offensive arsenal was just too much for the Orangefield Bobcats as the Lumberjacks captured a 35-14 non-district victory Friday night.

The Lumberjacks (4-1) piled up 548 total yards behind huge efforts from sophomore tailback Hebert Gums and quarterback Nathan Garcia.

Gums rushed for 260 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries. Gums was in for senior tailback Ty Hamilton, who was out with a bruised knee. Hamilton has 700 yards thus far on the season.

Garcia completed 10-of-15 passes for 140 yards and a score and rushed for 84 yards and a score on 15 carries. Diboll receiver Jamarcus White had five catches for 67 yards.

“Diboll has improved so much since last year and brought back a lot of experience,” said Bobcat coach Josh Smalley. “They have some tremendous athletes and made some big plays. We can’t fault our kids’ effort, they battled hard tonight.”

The Bobcats (1-2), meanwhile, could not get their vaunted rushing attack going. Orangefield had just 111 total yards, rushing for 108 yards on 34 carries.

Back Zach Dischler led the attack with 86 yards on 12 totes.
Orangefield quarterback Mason Gonzales went out with a shoulder injury in the first quarter as Christian Louvier moved in the spot from his tailback position.
Diboll went in at the half with a 21-14 advantage after outgaining the Bobcats 279-84 in the first 24 minutes.
Garcia completed 7-of-11 passes for 105 yards in the half and rushed for 79 yards on nine totes. Gums rushed for all three scores in the half and had and had 77 yards on 15 carries. White had four receptions for 65 yards.
Dischler had 78 yards on 11 carries in the half for the Bobcats.
The Lumberjacks took advantage of a Bobcat turnover to grab a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Diboll noseguard Adrian Martinez pounced on a fumble by Bobcat quarterback Mason Gonzales at the Bobcat 49 with 10:53 in the first quarter.
The Lumberjacks then ate up nearly five minutes of the clock, sparked by the legs and arms of Gacia to score in 12 plays.
Garica completed a pair of passes to receivers Dylan Maskunas and Jemarcus White that accounted for 25 yards and he had a pair of runs that went for 22 yards and tailback Hebert Gums capped it with a two-yard dart around the left in on fourth-and-goal. Jaimen Shepherd booted the extra-point as Diboll snared a 7-0 edge with 5:46 remaining in the first quarter.
The Lumberjacks got on the board again with another 12-play drive that covered 78 yards.
Garcia carried three times for 36 yards on the march, including a 19-yard scamper that got to the Bobcat 16. Gums capped off the drive with a 16-yard dart right up the middle to make it 14-0 with 11:32 left in the half.
The Bobcats, however, showed plenty of fight to get back even.
Behind the running of Dischler the Bobcats were able to pull to within 14-7 with a 10-play, 61-yard scoring jaunt. Dischler carried five times for 52 yards including an amazing 30-yard touchdown up the middle in which he bulldozed over and ran through at least four Lumberjacks for the score. Jacob Rainey drilled the extra-point kick to make it 14-7 with 6:48 in the half.
The Lumberjacks took over at their own 36 and drove all the way to the Bobcat 25. However, Garcia coughed it up to Orangefield’s Blake Bradley and the swift linebacker returned it down the right sideline 73 yards all the way to the Diboll 2. On the next play, Christian Louvier scored on a two-yard keeper to make it 14-14 with 4:42 in the half.

“Credit the kids for really battling there and getting back in it,” said Smalley. “We shot ourselves in the foot by putting the ball on the ground in the first half and they (Diboll) took advantage of it. Then their tailback (Gums) really took over with some big runs after we contained him early in the game.”
The Lumberjacks went back up again with a quick four-play, 69-yard drive. Two big plays sealed it as Garcia connected with White on a 32-yard pass down the left sideline. Gums finished it off with a 28-yard touchdown scamper around the left sideline to make it 21-14 with 3:10 in the half.
The Lumberjacks featured Gums on the first series of the second half as they navigated 67 yards in eight plays to find the end zone. Gums carried five times for 57 yards, including gains of 18, 8, 9 and 20 and Garcia capped it with a one-yard sneak to as Diboll went up 28-14 with 8:23 in the third.
Diboll executed a nine-play, 84-yard drive to go up 35-14. Gums had a huge 55-yard run and Garcia capped it when he hit receiver Jermiah Settler on a 22-yard touchdown pass with 9:56 remaining.
The Bobcats will open up their District 12-4A Division II campaign at home next week when the Liberty Panthers come in for Homecoming.

“With district starting next week, we’re looking for the kids to bounce back,” said Smalley. “We’ll just get back at it Monday and start preparing for the Liberty Panthers.”

Diboll 35
Orangefield 14

DIb             7       14      7       7— 35
OF              0       14      0       0 —14

Scoring summary
Diboll: Herbert Gums 2 run. Jaimen Shepherd kick.
Diboll: Gums 16 run. Shepherd kick.
OF: Zach Dischler 30 run. Jacob Rainey kick.
OF: Christian Louvier 2 run. Rainey kick.
Diboll: Gums 28 run. Shepherd kick.
Diboll: Garcia 1 run. Shepherd kick.
Diboll: Jermiah Settler 22 pass from Garcia. Shepherd kick.

OF              Dib
First downs             7              26
Rushes-yards    34-108 57-408
Passing         3            140
Total yards             111             548
Comp-Att-Int    1-6-0            10-15-0
Fumbles-Lost    5-1             3-2
Penalties-yards         2-10 5-50
Rushing:  Orangefield, Zach Dischler 12-86, Chase Broussard 7-10, Dylan Williams 2-8, Blake Bradley 3-3, Kadeon Evans 1-3, Mason Gonzales 1-(-1), Cade Grozier 2-(-4); Diboll, Herbert Gums 29-260, Nathan Garcia 15-84, Daris McMillian 13-64.
Passing, Orangefield, Christian Louvier 1-6-0 3; Diboll, Nathan Garcia 10-15-0 140.
Receiving: Orangefield, Kadeon Evans 1-3; Diboll, Jermarcus White 5-67,, Dominique Guy 2-28, Dylan Maskunas 2-23, Jermiah Settler 1-22.