Explosive plays spark Mildred over Nocona

Indians' rally falls short in quarterfinal

Zach Duncan
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 Nocona's Bryce Dingler catches the pass from quarterback Hayden Hill for a two-point conversion Friday night in Aledo.

Steven Schaffner / Special to the Times Record News Nocona's Bryce Dingler catches the pass from quarterback Hayden Hill for a two-point conversion Friday night in Aledo.

Steven Schaffner / Special to the Times Record News 
 Nocona runner Tate Fenoglio tries to get around the end of the Mildred defense during Friday's Region II-2A quarterfinal in Aledo.

Steven Schaffner / Special to the Times Record News Nocona runner Tate Fenoglio tries to get around the end of the Mildred defense during Friday's Region II-2A quarterfinal in Aledo.

Steven Schaffner / Special to the Times Record News 
 Nocona's Bryce Dingler catches the pass from quarterback Hayden Hill for a two-point conversion Friday night in Aledo.

Steven Schaffner / Special to the Times Record News Nocona's Bryce Dingler catches the pass from quarterback Hayden Hill for a two-point conversion Friday night in Aledo.

Nocona's Edward Cardoza tries to outrun Mildred's Draylon Sterling during Friday's Region II-2A title game in Aledo.
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Nocona's Edward Cardoza tries to outrun Mildred's Draylon Sterling during Friday's Region II-2A title game in Aledo. Steven Schaffner/ Special to the Times Record News

Steven Schaffner / Special to the Times Record News 
 Nocona runner Bryce Dingler fights to get past the Mildred Eagle defense Friday night in Aledo.

Steven Schaffner / Special to the Times Record News Nocona runner Bryce Dingler fights to get past the Mildred Eagle defense Friday night in Aledo.

Steven Schaffner / Special to the Times Record News 
 Nocona's Shelby Womack can't quite haul in the pass from quarterback Hayden Hill during Friday's Region II-2A playoff quarterfinal in Aledo.

Steven Schaffner / Special to the Times Record News Nocona's Shelby Womack can't quite haul in the pass from quarterback Hayden Hill during Friday's Region II-2A playoff quarterfinal in Aledo.

Steven Schaffner / Special to the Times Record News 
 Nocona's Tate Fenoglio runs past Mildred's Jonathan Harrison during Friday's Region II-2A playoff quarterfinal in Aledo.

Steven Schaffner / Special to the Times Record News Nocona's Tate Fenoglio runs past Mildred's Jonathan Harrison during Friday's Region II-2A playoff quarterfinal in Aledo.

Steven Schaffner / Special to the Times Record News 
 Nocona's Shelby Womack tries to tackle Mildred quarterback Nic Shimonek (9) during Friday's Region II-2A playoff quarterfinal in Aledo.

Steven Schaffner / Special to the Times Record News Nocona's Shelby Womack tries to tackle Mildred quarterback Nic Shimonek (9) during Friday's Region II-2A playoff quarterfinal in Aledo.

ALEDO — Nocona ran almost twice as many plays as Corsicana Mildred did Friday night in the Region II-2A Division II finals.

The Indians also erased a 17-point deficit and churned their way to 300 rushing yards and 35 points at Bearcat Stadium.

But the Eagles just had a little too much explosiveness and held off a gutsy Indian effort for a 45-35 victory.

Nocona's best season in school history ended at 12-1, while Mildred (12-1) will face Sonora next week in the state semifinals.

"You come this far and have such a great season, and you still felt like you fell short," said an emotional Tate Fenoglio after rushing for 150 yards and a touchdown. "We got down but we have more heart than any team I've ever played with. We fought back, but fell a little short this time."

Iowa commit Nic Shimonek threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns as the speedy Eagles had four scoring plays of 30 yards or longer.

Mildred hadn't trailed since its loss in the second week of the season. But the Indians took the lead twice — once at the start of the game and then 28-24 late in the third quarter on Hayden Hill's 1-yard touchdown run.

However, the Eagles responded with quick touchdowns both times. Drayton Sterling's 53-yard burst up the middle on the next play from scrimmage put Mildred ahead for good, 31-28.

"Our offensive philosophy is we've got to be able to answer a score with a score," Mildred coach Patrick Harvell said. "When they scored to get up, we tried to get our kids huddled up and told them to keep their composure and practice what we preach."

Mildred then reestablished a double-digit lead with Raleigh Seilheimer's interception and Jeremy Ballard's 30-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter.

But just like it did earlier in the game, Nocona didn't go away easily. The Indians drove 70 yards on 12 plays, capping it off with a Bryce Dingler touchdown run that made it 38-35 with 6:26 to go.

Mildred took a page out of Nocona's book and ran much of the last few minutes off the clock, putting the game away on Ballard's 3-yard run with 1:39 left.

Nocona found itself trailing 24-7 and unable to stop Mildred in the second quarter before the Indians regrouped and scored before the half to get back into the game.

Nocona forced the Eagles into a pair of three-and-outs in the second half and scored on their first two drives, which included Dingler's sliding 14-yard touchdown catch. A blocked punt by D.J. Rosales also tiled momentum the Indians' way.

"I thought they fought hard and that symbolizes these guys," Nocona coach Brad Keck said. "I thought we adjusted well at halftime. The kids didn't have their heads down. Our motto all year has been 'Finish strong' and I thought we did that tonight."

Fenoglio broke the 5,000-yard barrier in the loss, while Dingler (77 yards, 2 TDs) and Hill (73 yards, TD) ran hard in their last high school games. Hill also threw a pair of touchdown passes, the first an 11-yarder to Edward Cardoza that opened the scoring.

Although the game ended with title hopes dashed and lots of tears, the 2012 season was a special one for senior-heavy Nocona, which had never advanced this deep into the playoffs or won 12 games.

"These kids set the bar awful high for years to come. We made a whole lot of people proud and put a lot of pride back in the town of Nocona," Keck said. "These kids, it hurts them right now, but they'll get over it and realize what they've done this year and they'll be awful proud of that."

MILDRED 45, nOCONA 35

Mildred 10 14 7 14 — 45

Nocona 7 8 13 7 — 35

FIRST QUARTER

N — Edward Cardoza 11 pass from Hayden Hill (Raul Anaya kick), 7:21

M — Drayton Sterling 18 run (Devin O'Sullivan kick), 6:44

M — O'Sullivan 38 field goal, 2:32

SECOND QUARTER

M — Ballard 53 pass from Nic Shimonek (O'Sullivan kick), 11:13

M — Johnathan Harrison 38 pass from Shimonek (O'Sullivan kick), 5:07

N — Tate Fenoglio 1 run (Fenoglio run), 0:32

THIRD QUARTER

N — Bryce Dingler 14 pass from Hill (Anaya kick), 7:20

N — Hill 1 run (run failed), 1:53

M — Sterling 53 run (O'Sullivan kick), 1:39

FOURTH QUARTER

M — Ballard 30 run (O'Sullivan kick), 11:51

N — Dingler 1 run (Anaya kick), 6:26

M — Ballard 3 run (O'Sullivan kick), 139

Mildred Nocona

First downs 14 22

Rushes-Yards 29-161 63-300

Passing 213 97

Comp-Att-Int 8-13-0 7-16-

Punts 2-16.5 2-38.5

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1

Penalties-Yards 11-82 13-100

Individual statistics

RUSHING: (M) Draylon Sterling 14-101; Nic Shimonek 7-50; Jeremy Ballard 4-32; Mikey Muncy 1-(-5); team 3-(-17); (N) Tate Fenoglio 30-150; Hayden Hill 20-73; Bryce Dingler 13-77.

PASSING: (M) Shimonek 8-13-0, 213 yards; Hill 7-16-2, 97.

RECEIVING: (M) Muncy 2-69; Ballard 1-53; Johnathan Harrison 1-38; Sterling 2-25; Raleigh Seilhemier 1-16; Jase Butler 1-12; (N) Edward Cardoza 2-39; Fenoglio 3-34; Dingler 2-24.

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