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Harvesters season comes to an end in shoot-out with Decatur

Photo by Charla Shults The Pampa Harvesters take the field together as a team before their playoff game in Snyder against the Decatur Eagles on Friday night.

SNYDER — The Pampa Harvesters (8-3) traveled to Snyder on Friday evening for a battle with the Decatur Eagles (6-5) in the Bi-District Championship round of the playoffs.

The Eagles outscored Pampa in the second half 28-14 to end the Harvesters season. This marks only the second time in the last six years Pampa has not won in the Bi-District Round of the playoffs.

“Giving them an easy one on the blocked punt was big. Because that let them go into halftime with the lead,” Head Coach Greg Poynor said. “We missed a chip-shot field goal we don’t normally miss. Those were a couple of big ones early. We had our chances. We dropped a few balls that could have been big and we dropped some interceptions, too. I felt like our kids played really hard. I don’t think it was an effort deal. 

“They gave everything they could give. I felt like we were similar to that team. If we could’ve gotten some breaks. It’s just one of those games where it didn’t feel like the ball bounced our way tonight.”

The Harvesters went three-and-out in their first drive and after forcing a Decatur punt they set up shop at the Pampa 32-yard line with 8:12 left in the opening period. A wildcat formation with junior running back Jordan Lacy taking the direct snap moved the chains for Pampa. 

Three plays later junior quarterback took the rock six yards and a fresh set of downs past midfield for Pampa. Anguiano later hooked up with fellow junior wide receiver Hunter Dyer for 33 yards and Pampa were knocking on the door at the Decatur eight-yard line. The drive stalled and a rare missed field goal turned the ball over to the Eagles.

The first points of the game came in the second quarter after a Decatur touchdown. On the ensuing kick-off, senior defensive back Jamal Johnson took the kick return across midfield to the Decatur 40-yard line. 

After Anguiano found senior receiver Cayden Stoud for 35 yards the Harvesters were within striking distance at the Decatur nine-yard line. Three plays later Anguiano scored from four yards out on the quarterback keeper and Pampa had tied up with the Eagles 7-7 with 9:18 left in the first half.

Decatur scored a touchdown on a long run and Pampa found themselves pinned at their own 10-yard line after a block in the back penalty on the ensuing kick-off. The Harvesters went three-and-out and had their punt blocked, setting the Eagles up for the easy score. Decatur led 21-7 with 6:11 left in the half.

After the kickoff, Pampa took over at their own 37-yard line. Anguiano found junior receiver Jessie Alvidrez for 23 yards to move the sticks. Two plays later he found Stout to move the chains again and Pampa was at the Eagles 30-yard line. Four plays later on a fourth and three to go, Anguiano connected with Stout on a 26-yard deep ball touchdown and Pampa had pulled within one possession at 21-14 with 2:05 left in the half. 

The Harvesters defense had an impressive stop before halftime as Decatur drove down to the Pampa 10-yard line. The Eagles tried a trick play that was picked off by Pampa as time expired into halftime. Decatur led 21-14 at the half.

The Harvesters had two scoring drives in the second half, the first was on their fourth drive of the second half where the Harvesters set up shop at the Pampa 36-yard line with 11:43 left in the game. Anguiano and the Harvesters drove down to the Decatur 26 on a series of throws to junior running back Cornelius “Peanut” Landers and Stout. Anguiano connected with Stout on a 10-yard catch-and-run to cap off the drive and after the extra point from junior Erick Hernandez, it was a two-possession game 35-21 with 9:25 left to play.

After Decatur answered with a long touchdown of their own, Pampa set up at the 35-yard line. Anguiano connected with Alvidrez on a 23-yard pass to move past midfield. A personal foul moved Pampa to the Eagles 24-yard line. Four plays later on a fourth down throw from Anguiano hauled in by Alvidrez the Harvesters pulled back within two scores at 42-28.

“Anguiano played great tonight,” Poynor said. “But when you lose your trigger man, Jack, who was having such a great year; and to lose him was obviously a big blow. Your other huge weapon in the game, Cornelius, he got hurt early in the first game of district. He ran hard tonight and did everything he could do. That’s a little hard to overcome. Our defense played really, really good through district. We didn’t play as good tonight as we had been. But that’s a really good offensive team. It was a great year, though.

Decatur answered with another touchdown and gave us the final of 42-28.

The loss marks only the second time in the last six years the Harvesters didn’t win a playoff game, a testament to the hard work the seniors put in this year and the program has played the last four years.

“I’ll start with the seniors. I love this group of seniors,” Poynor said. “They were so easy to coach and such hard workers. You never had to worry about if they were going to show up. They were great leaders and set a great tone in the locker room. I loved that group of seniors. 

“They overcame so much: the Covid, the adversity every day where you don’t know (if you get to play that week). There was a lot of adversity each year and we faced those one day at a time. We were 8-3 and it was a great year. These seniors were 17-6 and really helped us move our program forward. I’m going to be super-sad to see them leave, but we get a lot of juniors back and we feel like we can be really good again next year.”

Unofficial stats

Sam Anguiano went 19-38, 287 yards and three touchdowns.

Anguiano also had 13 carries for 32 yards and a touchdown; Cornelius “Peanut” Landers had 11 carries for 38 yards and Jordan Lacy had two carries for six yards.

Cayden Stout had 11 catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns; Jessie Alvidrez had four catches for 69 yards and a touchdown; Hunter Dyer had two catches for 33 yards; Landers had three catches for 14 yards and Lacy had one 13-yard catch.

Erick Hernandez was 4-4 on extra points and missed one field goal.

Area Scores

Dumas 37, Lake Worth 27

Canyon 16, WF Hirschi 0

Springtown 59, Hereford 19

Wellington 30, Gruver 0

Springlake-Earth 56, White Deer 36

Wheeler 45, Sunray 7

Stratford 20, Clarendon 18

Canadian 62, Coahoma 14

Groom 67, Miami 37

Panhandle 55, Hale Center 7

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