The Temple Wildcat football team traveled to Austin on Friday night and showed why they are currently ranked #3 in the state poll by demolishing the host Pflugerville Connally Cougars by a score of 63-7 with a dominating performance on both sides of the ball.
Temple. started the game somewhat sluggishly on offense but hit their stride in the second quarter with 28 unanswered points to past a 35-0 lead by halftime in large part to a pair of touchdown runs from running backs Jeff Carr and Marques Hatcher.
Offensively, the Wildcats racked up 605 yards total offense with much of the starters playing only the first half of play such that back up running back De’Vante Nealy led the Wildcats in rushing with 116 yards on 12 carries. Meanwhile, the Temple defense was stifling the entire night allowing only 178 yards on the night with the lone Connally touchdown coming with 3;19 left in the game.
Temple received the opening kickoff and marched immediately down the field but on a 4th and 10 from the Connally 35 yard line. What looked to be a 35 yard touchdown pass from Chad President to Davion Curtis was ruled an interception as Curtis and the Connally defender simultaneously caught the ball in the endzone and the Wildcats were denied.
Following a quick three and out forced by the Temple defense, Carr left no doubt this time racing 33 yards off right tackle to put Temple on the board at 7-0 with 9:03 left in the first quarter. The rest of the first quarter would for the most part be uneventful.
The second quarter would go completely the Wildcats way. Defensively, the Wildcats were swarming the Cougar offense and pressuring Connally quarterback Mitchell Mooreman the remainder of the game.
Marquse Hatcher who had 71 yards on 8 carries started things off for the Wildcats in the second quarter with the first of his two touchdowns rumbling up the middle 8 yards to put Temple up 14-0 with 10:33 left in the second quarter. Hatchers runs was set up by a spectacular 30 yard run by President who bounced off multiple defenders on his way down into the Cougar 10 yard line.
Carr, then picked up two more touchdown runs of 19 and 10 yards to cap off his three touchdown performance giving Temple a 28-0 lead with 6:05 left in the second. Carr, carried the ball 10 times for 107 yards.
Hatcher closed out the first half scoring with a nine yard touchdown run with 47 seconds remaining in the first half.
Following Presidents 50 yard touchdown press to Chris Minter on their first possession of the second half putting the Wildcats up 42-0, many of the Wildcat offensive and defensive players would be given the rest of the night off. President completed his night 8-19 passing for 158 yards and 7 carries for 96 yards.
However, if the Cougar defense thought things would change hey were strikingly wrong. as Cole Martin subbing for President 2-3 passing with a beautiful 28 yard touchdown pass to an outstretched Jordan Lee in the back of the endzone on their first drive 49-0 with 5:25 left in the third quarter. Martin himself found the endzone with 58 seconds remaining in the third quarter from 2 yards out putting Temple up 56-0 going to the fourth quarter. Martin was 2-3 passing for 36 yards and 21 yards on the ground.
Following Connally’s lone score set up pass interference call, Temple final touchdown came late on the legs of Nealy who capped off the drive with a 2 yard touchdown and complete the 63-7 Wildcat victory.
Temple 3-0 in 17-5A play and 5-1 on the season will return home Friday to face an undefeated Hutto team. The Wildcats will face a defense which has given up only 23 points this season while the Wildcat defense will try to slow down a Hutto offense that has scored 276 points this year.