CELINA — Running the ball effectively is tough without the first three ball carriers on the depth chart.
Aubrey saw its third running back go down with an injury this season just before halftime on Friday night during a 49-14 loss to No. 8 Celina at Bobcat Stadium. After running back Phillip Wilds, who was injured making a tackle, was carted off the field, the run-oriented Chaparrals had few options left.
“We’re down to our fourth-team running back. We’re just decimated right now,” Aubrey head coach Mike Segleski said. “We’re coming up with all kinds of crazy stuff right now just to try and move the football.”
Aubrey (2-6, 1-1 District 10-3A) first scored on a play-action pass from quarterback Mason Robinson to wingback Cannon Cole for a 71-yard touchdown. Cole said Aubrey saw the weakness in the Celina (9-0, 2-0) defense and played it just right.
“It was open earlier in the game and I overthrew the receiver,” Cole said. “We ran it again with me at receiver and they blocked good enough for us to get the pass off.”
Unfortunately, for the Chaps, that score only brought them within 21-7 heading into the half with just 110 total yards to Celina’s 255. Aubrey finished with 220 total yards, while the Bobcats sprinted to 406.
Celina stormed out of the locker room with three touchdown drives in the third quarter, capped by quarterback Nathan Elliot’s 13-yard toss to running back Cash Conder for a 42-7 lead heading into the final period.
Elliot, who finished the night 15-of-42 passing for 255 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, kept the Bobcats’ up-tempo offense going in the fourth with a 20-yard screen pass to running back Jarren Alexander for a 49-7 lead with 7:31 left to play.
Besides injuries, penalties also hurt Aubrey after Cole was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and was ejected from the game. He said he knew the retaliation shove was unnecessary.
“They’re a good team, but a few of us lost our composure and we shouldn’t have,” Cole said of the Chaps’ 10 penalties for 80 yards. “They’re a great team and we hurt ourselves with dumb penalties like that.”
Aubrey running back Matt Duncan scored on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line for the final score of the game after a lengthy drive that Segleski said gave the team something to work on until the playoffs.
“We’ll get back to the drawing board tomorrow and try to figure out what to do with it,” Segleski said. “ We have one running back and we’ll run him hard, try to protect him and hopefully that’ll take us to the playoffs.
Aubrey will play again at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home against Argyle.
Celina 49, Aubrey 14
CL — Jarren Alexander 1 run (Jake Lykins kick)
CL — Cash Conder 6 run (Jake Lykins kick)
CL — Connor Torbert 2 run (Jake Lykins kick)
AU — Cole Cannon 71 pass from Mason Robinson (Evan Moore kick)
CL — Deshawn Davis 6 run (Travis Tolbert kick)
CL — Cash Conder 5 pass from Nathan Elliott (Jake Lykins kick)
CL — Cash Conder 13 pass from Nathan Elliott (Jake Lykins kick)
CL — Jarren Alexander 20 pass from Nathan Elliott (Jake Lykins kick)
AU — Matt Duncan 1 run (Evan Moore kick)
Rushing — AU: Matt Duncan 22-126, Phillip Wilds 9-28, Tyler Williams 6-12, Tanner Gardiner 2-8, Jack VerHoef 1-5, Sam Heath 1-0, Cole Cannon 7--8, Mason Robinson 8--38, CL: Deshawn Davis 5-56, Jarren Alexander 6-28, Collin Schmid 3-27, Morgon Robinson 3-22, Nathan Elliott 1-10, Cash Conder 1-6, Connor Torbert 1-2.
Passing — AU: Mason Robinson 2-6-0-87, Cole Cannon 0-1-0-0, CL: Nathan Elliott 15-42-1-255.
Receiving — AU: Cole Cannon 1-71, Matt Duncan 1-16, CL: Riley Nebeker 5-84, Jarren Alexander 3-73, Cash Conder 4-41, Trent Lindblad 1-26, Luke Reeder 1-25, Deshawn Davis 1-6.