The Shoemaker Grey Wolves beat the San Angelo Central Bobcats 54-21 Friday night at Leo Buckley Stadium by dominating the line of scrimmage and having their way in the running game as well as creating turnovers on defense.
Shoemaker quarterback Ty Bell was in control of the game from start to finish. He made plays with his legs and his arm all night.
“I feel great,” Bell said. “I feel like it has been a long time coming. I’ve been working for this my whole life and I’m glad I got the opportunity to do it tonight.”
Bell threw five touchdowns to four different receivers as the Grey Wolves won a season opener for the first time in four years.
The Grey Wolves had never beaten San Angelo Central coming into the game and Bell had some words about his team finally making that happen.
It feels great,” Bell said. “They thought they was gonna come in and get an easy dub but we just had to prove them wrong.”
There weren’t a lot of expectations for the Grey Wolves this season after a 2-8 finish last year but Bell is confident this team can win.
“All I know is we’re a different football team than we was from last year and we gonna show 'em,” Bell said.
The Grey Wolves head coach Toby Foreman was happy with the performance of his quarterback and his team.
“I’d like to nominate Ty Bell for player of the week,” Foreman said.
Foreman thinks playing the young guys last year and getting them experience is paying off for them now.
Foreman also talked about some of the mental errors and sideline substitution mistakes the team made and that they will need to be better for next week.
“We did a good job of executing at times, we were sloppy as far as our sideline paying attention and sideline substitutions,” Foreman said. “That’ll be fixed.”
The Grey Wolves also had multiple running backs involved. De’Andre Exford, Ka’jari Herrera and Devin Brown all ran the ball well.
Herrera ran 12 times for 108 yards and a touchdown. As a team, the Grey Wolves ran for 331 yards and three touchdowns.
The Grey Wolf defense also intercepted four passes from Bobcat quarterback Malachi Brown, three of them in the first half when the Grey Wolves opened a 28-7 lead.
The Grey Wolf defense was swarming all night and made life difficult for the Bobcats.
Two of the interceptions were made by senior defensive back Jalen Glass.
“I listened to the coaches and got two picks, so I gotta give them credit,” Glass said.
Glass also has a lot of confidence in his team.
“We wanted to prove everybody wrong,” Glass said. “We’re back, we’re gonna make a deep run in the playoffs this year.”
The Grey Wolves will travel to Midlothian next week with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 6.
The Bobcats host Del Rio on the same night with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
FRIDAY'S 12-6A FOOTBALL
- A&M Consolidated 49, Ellison 6
- Austin Westlake 48, Belton 0
- Burleson 41, Copperas Cove 38
- Euless Trinity 20, Waco Midway 14
- Round Rock 42, Harker Heights 34
- RR Cedar Ridge 35, Temple 29
- Shoemaker 54, San Angelo Central 21
- Waco University 36, Waco 35