‘Monster’ Brown + Henderson Erupt for Dominating 49-13 Win Over Quinlan Ford
ROYSE CITY -- The rest of Texas is starting to get a feel for the kind of players who come out of the District of Doom. Quinlan Ford definitely got the memo about Henderson's Patrick "Monster" Brown on Saturday.
Henderson's do-it-all star scored five touchdowns and the Lions used big play after big play to hammer Quinlan Ford, 49-13, at Royse City ISD Stadium to advance to the next round of the Class 3A Division II playoffs.
Henderson (8-4) will play Celina for the second straight year at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 30) at E.H. Hanby Stadium in the regional round. The Lions beat the historic program, 42-19, in the Region II final last year.
The Lions' area round win could not have come much easier -- Brown scored on four of six rushing attempts and returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown, his ninth punt return for a score since the start of the 2011 season.
He scored on three consecutive touches in the first quarter, including the punt return in which he was hardly touched, to help Henderson take a 21-0 lead on Quinlan Ford (8-4). The Lions led 35-0 at halftime and the defense allowed two late touchdowns with reserves in the game and the clock running continuously. The game lasted just an hour and 58 minutes.
"Our offense got off to a fast start, and that's exactly what we needed," Henderson coach Dickey Meeks said. "Our defensive guys had a good plan coming in and were able to contain their running game really well."
Quinlan Ford's misdirection-style running game, built to create long drives and eat clock, couldn't give the Panthers much to work with after Brown's three touchdowns in a 6:29 span in the first quarter.
Henderson's longest drive of the first three quarters was its first, which lasted 3:11. Brown went around the right end 29 yards for a touchdown to cap a seven-play, 74-yard drive. He only needed three plays to score from 10 yards out on Henderson's next drive, set up by Arquez Walton's interception of Kaden Wallace at the Quinlan Ford 13-yard line.
"(Brown) is just a special player. I'm not sure why they kicked to him (on the punt return). He can play it all for us," Meeks said.
Brown finished with six carries for 67 yards, Diamante Wright rushed 10 times for 107 yards and Casey Coats rushed for 47 yards -- all on a touchdown run late in the third quarter to give Henderson a 49-0 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Henderson's defense frustrated a Quinlan Ford offense built on the run. Wallace, who was picked off twice on 1 of 4 passing, only attempted 42 passes all season coming into the game. The Lions held the Panthers to 176 yards rushing on 50 attempts outside of two late long touchdown runs by James Silkey (55 yards) and Chandler Schwing (26 yards), respectively.
Silkey led Quinlan Ford with 149 yards on 21 attempts. The Panthers' two other primary backs, Taylor Sikorsky (14 carries for 46 yards) and Jon Humphries (10 for 38) both averaged less than four yards per carry.
The Lions' win capped another dominating playoff weekend for District 16-3A teams, after Gilmer (57-13 over Atlanta) and Kilgore (41-14 over Paris) both advanced after big area round wins on Friday.
Up next for Henderson is historical power Celina, which the Lions defeated 42-19 last season behind a suffocating run defense. The Bobcats, who beat Dallas Madison 51-20 on Friday, will bring a rushing attack with five backs with at least 40 rush attempts this season, and an efficient quarterback in Nathan Elliott.
"The biggest thing will be to get off to a fast start like we did today and work on the itty bitty things, no early penalties and things like that," Meeks said. "Celina is a good football team. You've got to earn everything; they're not going to give you anything."
Henderson 49, Quinlan Ford 13
Class 3A Division II Region II Area Playoffs
At Royse City ISD Stadium
Henderson 21 14 14 0 -- 49
Quinlan Ford 0 0 0 13 -- 13
HEN -- Patrick Brown 29 run (William Mann kick), 8:49
HEN -- Brown 10 run (Mann kick), 6:12
HEN -- Brown 82 punt return (Mann kick), 2:20
HEN -- Jamal Kind 17 run (Mann kick), 11:54
HEN -- Brown 5 run (Mann kick), 2:00
HEN -- Brown 4 run (Mann kick), 7:41
HEN -- Casey Coats 47 run (Mann kick), 3:39
QF -- James Silkey 55 run (Taylor Sikorsky kick), 3:12
QF -- Chandler Schwing 26 run (no kick), 0:00
First Downs 17 15
Rushes-Yards 27-290 52-257
Passing Yards 62 28
Comp.-Att.-Int. 4-5-0 1-4-2
Punts-Avg. 0-0.0 4-25.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 2-10 2-20
RUSHING--Henderson, Diamante Wright 10-104, Patrick Brown 6-67, Zedrick Lister 5-51, Casey Coats 1-47, Jamal Kind 1-17, Randy Davis 3-8, Janson Moore 1-(-6). Quinlan Ford, James Silkey 21-149, Taylor Sikorsky 14-46, Jon Humphries 10-38, Chandler Schwing 2-31, Dalton Beiersschmitt 2-6, Kaden Wallace 2-(-1), Mason Welch 1-(-2).
PASSING--Henderson, Brown 3-3-0--46, Moore 1-2-0--16. Quinlan Ford, Wallace 1-4-2--28.
RECEIVING--Henderson, Mikel Lewis 2-42, Vince McNew 1-16, Jamie Anthony 1-4. Quinlan Ford, Garret Whiteley 1-28.