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Seminoles take down Beastmode, ready for playoffs

Written by InsideDP.com staff. Posted in Sports

seminolesvsbeastmodePhoto provided by Rob ParhamFor the second year in a row, the Seminoles finished with best overall club record (35-5) in the Gulf Coast Premier Football League. The Seminole finished the season with three undefeated teams (Pee Wee, Sophomores, Seniors) earning a No. 1 seed for the playoffs and a one-loss team (Juniors) earning a No. 2 seed. The freshman team earned the No. 6 seed for the playoffs.

Pee Wee
The Pee Wee Seminoles capped off the 2016 regular season with a 20-6 victory over Friendswood Beastmode on Saturday morning and are heading into the postseason as the number one seed in the Pee Wee division.

Haden LaFrenz, who has been absolutely dominant carrying the football for the ‘Noles this year, scored once again on the first play from scrimmage which set the tone against the then unbeaten Beastmode squad. Cameron Gonzalez and Ayden Benavides also provided a spark in the run game with Gonzalez going over 80 yards rushing on the day.

On the other side of the ball, the Seminoles defense held a powerful offense from Beastmode in check for most of the day only allowing one Friendswood score. The defense was led by strong play by Lian Kiefer, Cody Hickman, Cameron Gonzalez, Wyatt Nugent, Blake Johnson, Kason Edwards, Jaxson McGuire, Haden LaFrenz, Cash Monson, and Gage Trahan.

The Seminoles have a bye this week and will be back at it for the second round of the 2016 playoffs on Oct. 29

Freshman
The Freshman Seminoles lost the Beastmode of Friendswood 34-6. The ‘Noles finished the season 4-4 to earn the No. 6 seed for the GCPFL playoffs. The Seminoles will face the Dickinson Lions this Saturday.

Sophomore
The Sophomore Showdown went to the Seminoles as they finished the regular season unbeaten (8-0) and secured the No. 1 seed for the Gulf Coast Premier Football League playoffs. The Seminoles handed the Beastmode of Friendswood their first loss after the final ticks of the clock winded down with the score 20-0. The Seminoles left the stadium with the top ranked offense and defense in the sophomore division.

The Seminoles started the game receiving the ball and marched down the field for the first score of the game. Caden Hisatake, Aiden Salcedo, Kaenan Kiefer, and Talon Sedtal all had big runs to setup a Kiefer 1-yard touchdown run up the middle. Hisatake punched in the PAT to put the ‘Noles up 7-0. Ty Nixon recovered the ensuing onside kick for the Noles. Kiefer hit a wide open Sedtal streaking down the sideline for 30 yards. Hisatake added a huge 19-yard gain around the outside to setup up another Kiefer 1-yard touchdown run up the middle to make the score 13-0 midway through the second quarter. The ‘Noles defense was chomping at the bits to finally get on the field to show the Beastmode why they are the top ranked defense in the division. LJ Delgado recovered a fumble for the ‘Noles defense on the third play. The Seminoles third offensive drive stalled when a Beastmode player intercepted a Kiefer pass with less than two minutes before the half. The ‘Nole defense came back on the field and forced a 4 and out to give the offense one more possession. The ‘Noles offense drove the ball down the field but could not cross the goal line before time expired in the first half.

The Seminoles defense continued to control the line scrimmage as the Beastmode could not move the ball down the field to start the second half. The Seminoles offense scored the last points of the game in the fourth quarter as Kiefer scored his third touchdown on the day from 3-yards out. Wyatt Lay played a huge roll on the scoring drive with runs of 15 and 18 yards to keep the chains moving. Beastmode had one last chance to put some points on the board to avoid a shutout, but the ‘Noles defense wasn’t going to let that happen as the last seconds ticked away with score 20-0.

The Sophomore Seminoles earned a first-round bye for the GCPFL playoffs and will face the winner of the League City Panthers and the South Houston Wildcats.

Junior
The Junior Seminoles closed out the regular season with a 32-6 victory over Friendswood Beastmode on Saturday. Both teams entered the game with a 6-1 record in what was to be a battle for the No. 2 seed heading into the playoffs. ‘The Noles got on the scoreboard first with a 10 yard TD run by Caleb Espinoza after the ‘Noles defense was able to turn the Beastmode offense over on downs deep in their own territory. Espinoza would later add touchdown runs from 35 and 70 yards out capping off a 150+ yard day on the ground. Zaiden Kiefer would add two TD’s of his own on a pair of QB sneaks at the goal line. Kiefer also connected with Bennett Springer on a pass for the 2-point conversion to close out the ‘Noles scoring on the day. Evan Goodson chipped in some tough runs inside the tackles to set-up one of the scores. The ‘Noles running backs had plenty of room to run thanks to the blocking up front of Gabe Rodriguez, Evan Perrett, Adrian Ramirez, Mason Roberson and J.C. Coppedge.

The story of the day was the Seminole defense and special teams. The ‘Noles recovered two onside kicks, Davin Fulton and Talon Medders, and forced 2 turnovers on defense. Gavin Gonzalez accounted for a fumble recovery and Jovanni Ortiz hauled in an interception in which he came up just a few yards short of turning it into a score. Beastmode struggled to move the ball on the day as they were under constant pressure from Anthony Ramirez, Hunter Hudspeth, Aiden Guerrero, Brady Petty and Josh Buckalew. The Seminole secondary had one of their best games on the season led by Dylan Marbury who had two key pass breakups on fourth down plays and was tough in run support.

The ‘Noles have a bye in the first round of the playoffs and await the winner of the Manville Texans and the Galveston Hurricanes.

Senior
The Senior Seminoles ran their record to 8-0 with a hard fought 13-6 win over two time defending super bowl champs Beastmode. A great team performance from all 23 young men enabled the seniors to keep the record perfect on the season. Malcolm Shannon got the Seminoles on the board in the first quarter, taking the handoff 32 yards for the touchdown. The point after was no good, and the Seminoles took a 6-0 lead. Solid defensive play by the ‘Noles kept Friendswood off the board, and the first quarter ended with the ‘Noles up 6-0. The second quarter was more of the same by the defense, and midway through the quarter, Jace Martinez found a wide open Zayid Ramos for a 51-yard touchdown strike. Eli Carrizales punched in the point after run to make the score 13-0 Noles. Friendswood put together a drive near the end of the half, but a Nicholas Buffalo interception near the goal line kept the score 13-0 at the half. The third quarter was a defensive battle on both sides of the ball. A costly ‘Noles turnover turned into a Friendswood touchdown, making the score 13-6 ‘Noles going to the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter was defense, and more defense on both sides of the ball. The Seminoles came up with a huge stop on fourth down, with Friendswood inside the 20 to force a turnover on downs with under 2 minutes left in the game. The ‘Noles offense took over, and after a huge fourth down run by Ramos, slammed the door on Beastmode, and a perfect regular season record. The top ranked ‘Noles earned a first-round bye in the playoffs, and will kick off their quest for a super bowl title Oct. 29.

PHOTO GALLERY: DP cross country teams head to regionals

Written by Deer Park Photos. Posted in Sports

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Both the Deer Park High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams have advanced to the regional meet. The girls team placed third at the 22-6A meet Thursday morning at Northwest Park in Lomax. The boys team won the 22-6A title at the same meet. Click on the image for photo galleries for the DPHS cross country teams from Deer Park Photos!

LP uses big second half to upend Deer

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

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Deer Park traveled to La Porte for the latest chapter in the two schools’ storied football rivalry Friday night. Despite a valiant effort to tie the game after falling behind early, the Deer fell to the Bulldogs 35-21. Deer Park’s record falls to 6-3 overall and 4-1 in 22-6A play.

PHOTO GALLERY: Lady Deer VB Senior Night

Written by Deer Park Photos. Posted in Sports

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The Lady Deer Volleyball team sent its seniors out in style with a 25-15, 25-20, 25-12 sweep at home over Pasadena Memorial on senior night. The win clinched at least a share for the District 22-6A title. The 13-0 Lady Deer will play at 12-1 Beaumont West Brook Tuesday. A Deer Park win earns the Lady Deer the outright title. Click on the image for scenes from senior night, courtesy of Deer Park Photos!