Timpson Rides Defense to 25-14 Win Over Tyler All Saints in Season Opener
TYLER -- Timpson head coach James Conway is known for having great defenses. It was only fitting that his first victory as Bears coach would be a defensive show.
It was the theme Saturday night as the Timpson Bears defeated the Tyler All Saints Trojans, 25-14, in the finale of the seventh annual Tyler Football Classic hosted by Tyler Grace Community School.
The Bears (1-0) totaled seven sacks, seven pass-breakups, one fumble recovery and two interceptions against the outmanned Trojans (0-1).
"We're going to win because we play defense," Conway said.
Junior linebacker Colton McSwain contributed two sacks and one pass-breakup to lead the vaunted Timpson defense, while senior safety DeKendrick Hooper came up with three pass deflections to go with a tackle for loss.
"(McSwain) only knows one speed and he gets after it," Conway said. "We told him before the season, that he's the man. There's nobody out here that can block him."
Senior quarterback Lorenzo Young was 3-of-9 passing for 73 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown to wideout Terrance Brown. Young also ran 12 times for 90 yards, while McSwain toted the rock for another 79 yards on nine carries and a score.
"We are going to win because we play great defense; that's what we preach," Conway said. "But we can score some points, too."
After a sluggish start for both teams, the Bears jumped out first thanks to a McSwain 15-yard touchdown run at the 3:04 mark in the first.
All Saints quickly responded with an eight-play drive capped off by a Matt Brunson 1-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter.
After a Timpson fumble and an All Saints turnover on downs, Bears freshman Chet Wynne punched it in from 5 yards out to make it 13-6 Timpson with 2:17 remaining in the half.
A Trojans three-and-out was followed by a four-play drive ending in the Young-to-Brown 51-yard pitch-and-catch touchdown, giving Timpson a comfortable 19-6 halftime advantage.
"We don't ever want to quit. We want to fight to the very end, " All Saints first-year head coach Mike Hall said to his team starting the second half.
After exchanging two punts, the Bears put six more on the board with a 31-yard touchdown run by running back Michael Fountain to make it 25-6 at the 6:29 mark in the third quarter.
Fountain finished the night with six carries for 52 yards.
All Saints, however, strung together an eight-play series culminating in a 27-yard touchdown toss from William Alexander to William Young with 5:31 left in the quarter. It was followed by a two-point conversion by sophomore fullback Brice Borgeson.
Borgeson led the Trojans in rushing with 17 carries for 79 yards.
The game was marred by penalties and fumbles. All Saints had 10 flags for 65 yards and fumbled seven times, only losing one. The Bears also had 10 penalties for 100 yards. But the Timpson defense made plays when it counted most.
"This program has kind of been down," Conway said. "The pride is there, we just had to get it turned the right way and tonight they did it."