Idalou shuts down Pewitt's offense in 17-0 playoff victory
By SPECIAL TO THE NEWS-JOURNAL
Dec. 11, 2010 at 6 p.m.
MINERAL WELLS - Idalou (11-3) stuffed Paul Pewitt's Slot-T offense at every turn, holding the Bulls to 65 total yards (69 rushing) in ending Pewitt's season, 17-0 in the Class 2A Division II state semifinals.
"They had a tremendous defense, a great defense," said Pewitt coach Reggie Krumrow. "They played real hard and they executed better than we did today. they are a heckuva football team, well coached and they deserved the victory today."
The Brahmas (10-4) trailed 10-0 at halftime, but never got it going in the second half, making only one first down. In fact, the Bulls crossed midfield only once all day, that coming after a 21-yard Idalou punt into a brisk north wind that was a factor in the passing game.
Paul Pewitt passed six times in the game, completing one for a minus four yards, and three were intercepted.
"We started to do some things to try to catch back up, and it just didn't work," Kumrow said. "We made some halftime adjustments, but they just executed better than we did. Usually when you get to this point in the playoffs defense makes the difference. It sure did today."
While it paled in comparison to Idalou, Paul Pewitt's defense wasn't that bad. The Wildcats rushed for 148 yards, and Alec Eason completed 6 of 9 passes for 128 yards, tossing a pair of 20-yard touchdowns to ace receiver Tyler Dowdy - including the game's last score with 3:48 remaining in the third quarter.
One of Eason's passes was picked off by Sedrick Johnson in the Brahmas end zone.
The Wildcats played without leading rusher Nick Gary (injured shoulder), but his replacement, Kale Johnson, and fullback Garett Sosa combined for 103 yards.
Idalou's defense was as advertised in the first half, holding Paul Pewitt to 48 yards-all rushing. The Wildcats crowded the line of scrimmage, and the Brahmas were unable to to to the outside. Johnson, who was thrown for a 13-yard loss on one play, finished with minus 11 yards on seven carries.
Paul Pewitt's defense was also impressive, although big plays led to Idalou's 10-0 halftime advantage. So did field position.
Four of the Bulls' six first-half possessions started at their own 20, Idalou taking advantage of the strong north wind to either kick or punt the ball into the end zone. Another punt, against the wind, rolled dead at the Pewitt 5.
The best field position the Brahmas had in the first half was at their own 31 after the kickoff following Nick Gary's 25-yard field goal with only 26.7 seconds remaining.
"That was a big part of it in the first half," Kumrow said. "We were consistently starting deep in our part of the field. But they won the toss and deferred, so we had to either give them the ball or go against the wind, and I wasn't about to kick off in both halves."
Conversely, the Wildcats average field position was the Idalou 40-yard line. Their second possession started from the Paul Pewitt 44 from where they scored in four plays, Estes hitting Dowdy with a 20-yard scoring pass after setting up the score with a 26-yard completion to Dowdy.
Despite the loss, Kumrow was encouraged by the Bulls season.
"I told the kids to hold their heads up high because getting to the semifinals is a heck of an accomplishment," Kumrow said. "There are thousands of kids in the state of Texas and across the country that would love to be where they are now."