Silsbee Ends Chapel Hill’s Season With 67-46 Shootout Victory
LUFKIN -- Chapel Hill’s season came to a close at the hands of Silsbee in a game that featured more than 100 total points and 1,000 combined yards Friday night.
Chapel Hill's 67-46 Class 4A Division I bi-district loss was tied at 14 midway through the second quarter before both teams went on an offensive explosion.
The Bulldogs' season ended with a 3-8 record, while Silsbee moves on to face Sealy in the area round.
Chapel Hill scored first when quarterback Konnor Hitchcock found DeUndre Phillips for a 33-yard touchdown. The extra point by Austyn Fendrick was good and the Bulldogs were up 7-0 with 10:47 left in the first quarter. It was a quick five-play drive by Chapel Hill, including four completions by Hitchcock to four different receivers.
Silsbee wasted little time responding. The Tigers put together an eight-play, 75-yard drive that ended with quarterback Dontre Thomas finding the end zone. It was his first of two rushing touchdowns in the first half, as Chapel Hill struggled to defend the running duo of Dontre Thomas and running back Adonis Thomas. The two combined for 198 yards and three touchdowns on the ground in the first half.
An extra point after the first Silsbee touchdown gave the Tigers an 8-7 lead after the first quarter, but a missed extra point after the next touchdown allowed Chapel Hill to stay in the game. Silsbee built a 14-7 lead with 11:14 left in the second quarter after another Dontre Thomas touchdown.
The Bulldogs came back to tie the game at 14 when Hunter Branin scored on a 32-yard rush, but Chapel Hill would never be close again after Silsbee ended the first half on a 18-0 run that included two touchdowns, two two-point conversions and a safety caused by a bad Chapel Hill snap on a punt. Hitchcock was also sacked six times for negative 58 yards in the first half.
The Silsbee offense continued to roll to start the second half. In the first half, Silsbee scored on four of five full offensive drives. The Tigers scored on their first of the third quarter with a continued effort to stay balanced on offense. Dontre Thomas completed three passes on the drive, including a 22-yard touchdown throw to Kalon Barnes.
It gave Silsbee a 40-14 lead with 9:45 left in the third quarter after Silsbee converted another two-point conversion.
The two teams were continued on with the offensive onslaught for the rest of the third quarter. Each traded touchdowns for the entire 12 minutes. Out of the eight completed drives in the third quarter, eight ended in a touchdown.
The only one that didn’t was an interception by Chapel Hill that set up an Adonis Thomas one-play scoring drive of nine yards to give Silsbee a 53-20 with 7:06 left in the third quarter.
Hitchcock threw three touchdown passes for Chapel Hill in the third quarter.
The senior quarterback found Jaylon Redwine for a 58-yard strike to give the Bulldogs their first touchdown of the second half. Hitchcock found Zach Walters for two touchdown passes in the third quarter, but he also threw two interceptions that resulted in Silsbee points.
Silsbee entered the fourth quarter with a 60-34 lead thanks to another Adonis Thomas touchdown. The Tigers had the ball and the lead to start the fourth quarter after a Hitchcock interception, but the Chapel Hill defense responded and forced Silsbee’s first punt of the second half with 9:23 left in the game.
Chapel Hill’s offense wasn’t done scoring. Hitchcock kept finding Walters and Phillips in the passing game, eventually allowing Deandre Hordge to score from three yards out.
Chapel Hill would duplicate the feat, forcing a punt then scoring on a 57-yard throw from Hitchcock to Phillips. A second consecutive extra point was missed after an illegal formation penalty, so Silsbee led 60-46 with 7:41 left on the clock.
Dontre Thomas and the Silsbee offense were too much for Chapel Hill to shut down any further, however. Dontre Thomas led his team to a drive that took up over four minutes off the clock and ended with a three-yard touchdown run to put Silsbee up 67-46 with 3:25 left in the game, which would be the final score.
Silsbee 67, Chapel Hill 46
Class 4A Division I Bi-District
At John Outlaw Stadium, Lufkin
Chapel Hill 7 7 20 12 -- 46
Silsbee 8 24 28 7 -- 67
CH: DeUndre Phillips 33 yards from Konnor Hitchcock (PAT good) 10:47
S: Dontre Thomas 14-yard run (2-pt good) 7:45
S: Dontre Thomas 5-yard run (2-pt fail) 11:14
CH: Hunter Branin 32-yard run (PAT good) 8:38
S: Adonis Thomas 24-yard run (2-pt god) 6:08
S: Team safety 3:32
S: Kolten Mackey 70 yards from Dontre Thomas (2-pt good) 2:17
S: Kalon Barnes 22 yards from Dontre Thomas (2-pt good) 10:09
CH: Jaylon Redwine 58 yards from Hitchcock (PAT fail) 9:30
S: Tre Lowe 25 yards from Dontre Thomas (2-pt fail) 7:73
S: Adonis Thomas 9-yard run (PAT good) 7:06
CH: Zach Walters 40 yards from Hitchcock (PAT good) 5:12
S: Adonis Thomas 2-yard run (PAT good) 3:19
CH: Walters 58 yards from Hitchcock (PAT good) 1:48
CH: Deandre Hordge 3-yard run (PAT fail) 8:49
CH: Phillips 57 yards from Hitchcock (PAT fail) 7:42
S: Dontre Thomas 2-yard run (PAT good) 3:25
First Downs 16 29
Total Yards 568 597
Rushes-Yards 23-41 44-340
Passing Yards 527 257
Comp.-Att.-Int. 27-50-2 15-22-0
Punts-Avg. 2-37 3-20
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 5-60 14-120
RUSHING – Chapel Hill, Hunter Branin 9-42, Adrian Miner 2-9, Deandre Hordge 6-48, Hitchcock 6-(-58). Silsbee, Dontre Thomas 24-182, Adonis Thomas 27-149.
PASSING – Chapel Hill, Konnor Hitchcock 27-50-2--527. Silsbee, Dontre Thomas 15-22-0--257.
RECEIVING – Chapel Hill, Zach Walters 12-251, DeUndre Phillips 8-184, Marcos Calderon 2-12, Branin 1-2, Jaylon Redwine 2-71, Cole Williams 2-14. Silsbee, Kolten Mackey 7-147, Tre Lowe 2-34, Adonis Thomas 1-12, Kalon Barnes 4-60.