Playing in the first official game on the new turf at Lumpkins Stadium the Waxahachie freshman football team tied Everman 14-14.
The Indians opened the game in dramatic fashion scoring on its first two offensive possessions.
Everman kicked off to open play on the new turf before Waxahachie took control of the ball on its own 42 yard line.
First offensive play of the season for the Indians was near perfect as Andre Green took the ball on a sweep and darted 58 yards for the go ahead touchdown. Raul Rangel added the extra point to give the Indians a 7-0 lead with very little time off the clock.
Everman’s first offensive possession resulted in a fumble that was recovered by Waxahachie’s John Castellanos.
Back on offense the Indians wasted little time reaching the endzone once again.
Austin Clark received a handoff to open the drive and broke it outside and raced 53 yards down the field to increase the Indians’ lead. Rangle’s extra point attempt bounced off the field goal post and through the uprights to give the Indians a quick 14-0 lead.
Everman answered back in the second quarter and tied the game at 14 before the half.
“We came out on fire tonight scoring on our first two offensive plays. But, we had a let down and let them get back into the game,” Waxahachie coach Damon Miller said. “Everman is a good team and tonight we showed that we have the potential to be a good team too. We just have to eliminate our mistakes.”
Rangel led the Indians in rushing against Everman with 61 yards on seven carries. Green finished the night with 43 yards rushing on three attempts and one touchdown.
John Castellanos had one reception for 14 yards.
Waxahachie ran a total of 29 plays on offense and totaled 218 yards for an average of 7.5 yards per play.
Everman was held to 130 yards of offense on 27 plays.
“Our line led by Genard Johnson and Tyron Davis opened holes all night and we ran the ball well at times. But we had critical mistakes that stopped drives,” Miller said. “Our backs showed that they can carry the ball well at times but still have to learn where the holes are going to be.”
Waxahachie’s defense recovered two fumbles in the game and recorded two sacks.
“Our defense did well, but we’ve still got a way to go to reach our potential,” Miller said.
Next on the schedule for the Indians will be West Mesquite. Two games (White and Green) are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 2 at West Mesquite. Games are scheduled to start at 5 p.m.