The game was anticipated being a battle for possible playoff positioning. The Bridge City Cardinals stayed close for almost two quarters before the Silsbee Tigers pulled away. The Tigers rolled 51-21 at Larry Ward Stadium in Bridge City on Friday night.
Silsbee (4-2, 3-1) bounced back from its loss last week at home to West Orange-Stark with a solid performance. Bridge City (1-3, 1-2) was hoping to rebound from its one-point loss to Hardin-Jefferson, but was unable to stay with the Tigers.
Offensively the Tigers scored points on nine of their eleven possessions on the night. One of those two failures to score was because a 40-yard field goal was just wide right, and the other was the final possession of the game when Silsbee took two knees to run the clock out.
Senior running back Antonius Arline of the Tigers had his finest game of the season with 204 yards on 24 carries which included three touchdowns. Malik Jones who came into the game with the most yards rushing on the season for Silsbee had 62 yards on nine carries with two touchdowns.
Raymond Foster who was benched in recent weeks got the start at quarterback for Silsbee. Foster was 6 of 15 passing for 86 yards. Sophomore Mason Brisbane threw just one pass to Raymond Baltrip for an apparent 69-yard touchdown, but a personal foul penalty on the Tigers delayed the eventual score for another four plays.
Bridge City had difficulty running the ball against a tough Tiger defense. The Cardinals totaled 72 yards rushing on 24 carries. JimSharon Bearden gained 34 yards and Ethan Oceguera managed 32 yards. Both had a touchdown.
The other Cardinal score came late in the fourth quarter. Oceguera passed to Kyler Garlaska who made the catch near midfield before eluding two Tiger defenders and out running them to the end zone for a 71-yard touchdown. Oscar Carranza made his third point-after of the game to make the score 44-21.
On the ensuing kickoff Silsbee ran a reverse with Baltrip going 90 yards to close out the scoring. Tiger kicker Diego Carreon Gonzalez missed from 40 yards, but added field goals from 25, 37, and 30 yards.
Next week will be a much-awaited renewal of the Bayou Bowl as Bridge City travels to Orangefield to play the Bobcats. Silsbee plays at home next Friday against Hamshire-Fannett.
-Dan Perrine, KOGT-
photo by Jarrod Brown
Silsbee 10 14 17 10- 51
BC 0 7 7 7- 21