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Deer thunder to 42-0 win over Longhorns (w/Photo Gallery)

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

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The Deer Park football team opened its district schedule with a decisive 42-0 win over visiting Dobie Friday night. The team’s offense exploded for 438 total yards while the defense kept the Longhorns off the board with only 100 yards of offense. Click the image for a gallery of the action from Deer Park Photos!

DeervsDobieDeer Park's Luke Schaper (17) sprints toward the end zone during his 87-yard punt return against Dobie. Photo by Andrew Pressley/Deer Park Photos.Coming into Friday’s night’s district opener at home against Dobie, the Deer offense was looking for a way to match its defensive teammates. Following the team’s 42-0 throttling over the Longhorns, the team feels the offense might be on the right track.

Deer Park (1-3, 1-0) thundered for 438 total yard, including 232 in the air and accounted for 35 of the team’s total points, both team highs for the year. The other seven came from a Luke Schaper 87-yard punt return in the closing minutes of the first half. That score put the Deer up 28-0 at halftime.

The four-touchdown lead represented a huge turnaround for the Deer offense, which to find consistency and the end zone the previous three games.

“It felt great for us to get ourselves going like we did tonight,” said Quarterback Broc Weidner. “We’ve struggled the last three weeks. Last week we only put up three points.”

Despite two first half fumbles when the Deer were in striking distance for a score, the Weidner said the offensive confidence did not waiver.

“We still felt like we were good. We would have liked to held on to the ball, but we didn’t let it ruin our confidence. We were running the ball pretty good on them and we were passing it down the field, so we still felt good about what we were doing,” he said.

Running back Tyrek Saylor busted through an opening to put the Deer up 7-0 late in the first quarter. Cameron Garner and Ricky Garza were perfect on split point-after duties throughout the night.

After Dobie blocked a Deer Park field goal attempt, the Deer defense forced a fumble, picked up by Coltin Bedford, on the ensuing snap. That drive led to a the first of two Weidner to Brandon McKissack touchdown connections on the night to put the Deer up 14-0 at the 5:43 mark in the second quarter.

Moments later Jake Matejka ended the Dobie drive when he picked up a loose ball. Saylor put the finishing touches on the Deer drive with another touchdown run to put Deer Park up 21-0. Schaper’s prolific run gave the Deer the four-touchdown lead at halftime.

The offense picked up right where it left off when Weidner found an open McKissack for a 50-yard touchdown strike to put the game well out of reach in the third quarter. The Deer added the final score when Jaden Otts connected with Wendell Stafford for a fourth quarter touchdown.

“The offensive guys, they needed some good things to happen to them and they got that tonight,” said Chris Massey, Deer head coach. “They got some confidence and once that happened, they started feeling like they could press on the gas pedal.”

While the offense lit up the scoreboard, the Deer defense continued its hot streak. The defense has only given up an average of 12 points per game. The Longhorns could only muster 100 yards of total offense on 48 plays against the Deer, amassing only 10 first downs.

“Those guys are playing phenomenally. If those guys keep it up and the offense keeps growing, we have a chance at being a pretty good football team,” he said.

Deer Park’s next task is a short turnaround as they travel down Spencer Highway into Sam Rayburn territory on Thursday. The game against the Texans is set for 7 p.m. at Pasadena’s Veteran’s Memorial Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on The Deer Network.