Nocona powers past Edgewood

Zach Duncan

LEWISVILLE — They don't get as much acclaim as they should. No offensive linemen do.

But the biggest key to Nocona's Region II-2A Division II Area playoff matchup against speedy Edgewood was whether the Indians could open lanes for Tate Fenoglio and the rest of the Indians' elusive backfield.

Judging by three Nocona rushers breaking the 100-yard mark and 510 total yards, Nocona's Jesse Salgado, Raul Anaya, Evan Embry, D.J. Rosales, Billy Speights and tight end Edward Cardoza did just fine.

Those guys paved the way for the Indians' 40-23 victory Friday night at Goldsmith Stadium in a game that was decided by Nocona's dominant second half.

"I didn't necessarily think we could run around them because they're so fast to the football," Nocona coach Brad Keck said. "And so we ran right at them and had pretty good success with that."

Nocona (11-0) advances to face Gunter (10-1), which took down Tolar on Friday afternoon, 35-12. That regional semifinal will be played 7:30 p.m. next Friday at Denton's Collins Stadium.

Tate Fenoglio rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns and made plenty of tackles on defense. But it was his 15-yard touchdown on a fourth-down jump pass to Cardoza that put Nocona in control at 27-16.

Cardoza also caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Hayden Hill early in the fourth quarter that gave the Indians a 17-point advantage. Nocona completed all but one of its nine passes for 108 yards.

"We have to make those plays to open up the run," Cardoza said. "We can make them be honest, and I'm just glad I can help my team and be a weapon."

Hill and Bryce Dingler each had at least 100 rushing yards and came up with interceptions on Edgewood's first two drives of the third quarter. Dingler's 5-yard touchdown run with 3:36 left was the dagger.

The Bulldogs (10-2) were coming off a 75-point outburst the week before but found yards and points much harder to come by against the Indians.

Edgewood quarterback Jacob Sharff completed only four of his 14 passes, was picked off twice and was held to only 15 rushing yards.

Nocona trailed by 10 points late in the second quarter when Carlos Bolton burst up the right side for an 89-yard touchdown run. But that play accounted for more than half of Edgewood's rushing yards as Nocona too often won the line of scrimmage on defense, too.

The Indians, who had been stuffed at Edgewood's 15-yard line on their previous drive, pulled within 16-14 at halftime on Fenoglio's 1-yard plunge, which capped off a 13-play drive.

"We talked about at halftime they can't stop us if we'll just get on a man and stay on a man," Keck said. "That's what we did the second half. That's a good defensive line they were going against and they really got after it and opened some holes."

Fenoglio rushed for 127 of his yards after halftime and played like someone who didn't want his high school career to end. As a group, the Indians didn't want this game to be the last in a remarkable season — and it showed.

"That's what you have to do in those situations," said Hill, who now has six interceptions on the season. "Hopefully we'll stay focused for next week and do the same thing we did this week."

Nocona 6 8 13 13 — 40

Edgewood 10 6 0 7 — 23


E — Jose Mares 42 field goal, 9:31

N — Tate Fenoglio 11 run (kick blocked), 4:21

E — Jacob Sharff 5 run (Mares kick), 1:00


E — Carlos Bolton 89 run (kick failed), 4:09

N — Fenoglio 1 run (Caleb Swofford run), 0:25


N — Fenoglio 25 run (kick failed), 9:59

N — Edward Cardoza 15 pass from Fenoglio (Raul Anaya kick), 5:47


N — Cardoza 15 pass from Hayden Hill (kick blocked), 9:21

E — Eugene Dillard 20 pass from Sharff (Mares kick), 7:58

N — Bryce Dingler 5 run (Anaya kick), 3:36

Nocona Edgewood

First downs 24 8

Rushes-Yards 58-402 26-163

Passing 108 145

Comp-Att-Int 8-9-0 5-16-2

Punts 2-34 2-28

Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-0

Penalties-Yards 8-70 9-62

Individual statistics

RUSHING: (N) Tate Fenoglio 27-202; Bryce Dingler 12-109; Hayden Hill 17-100; team 2(-9); (E) Carlos Bolton 16-152; Jacob Sharff 9-15; Jakeb Hunter 1-(-4).

PASSING: (N) Hill 7-8-0, 93; Fenoglio 1-1-0, 15; (E) Sharff 4-14-2, 145; Hunter 0-1-0, 0; Jackson Tyner 0-1-0, 0.

RECEIVING: (N) Edward Cardoza 4-65; Fenoglio 2-31; Dingler 2-12; (E) Hunter 2-60; Tyner 1-43; Ethan Ramsey 1-22; Eugene Dillard 1-20.

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