Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Local Sports

December 5, 2012

GC Football: Mildred, Nocona on similar paths in Region II-2A DII finals

Part of Mildred’s success a year ago stemmed from a group of seniors groomed in Patrick Harvell’s program. It was his fourth year at the helm, their fourth year under him, and expectations loomed large.

A year later, it’s a similar situation being played out in Nocona. Brad Keck is in his fourth year at the school, he’s got a senior-laden group, most of whom are three-year starters, and the Indians are rewriting school history.

“We’ve got quite a bit of varsity experience, and a little bit of playoff experience,” Keck said. “This is the group for us right now.”

And Friday represents a cross roads for two up-and-coming programs. Mildred (11-1) faces Nocona (12-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Aledo in the Region II-2A finals. The winner gets to advance its program’s history, moving on to the Class 2A Division II state semifinals against the Sonora-Colorado City winner.

In the same scenario last year, Mildred moved on, continuing an undefeated season and the school’s best ever. Nocona hopes to do the same. The Indians have already set the school record for wins (12) with last week’s 15-13 victory over Gunter, and it’s also the furthest the program has been in the playoffs.

The next step won’t be easy for either school.

“As Nick Saban says, ‘it’s old fashioned football,’” Harvell said of Nocona. The Indians run the ball, and do so well behind a seasoned, big offensive line and senior tailback Tate Fenoglio, who has 2,074 yards and 20 touchdowns. Defensively, they play sound as well, and are sure tacklers, Harvell said.

Armchair quarterbacks seem to peg Mildred as passing-first team. That’s the type of reputation you get when a guy like Iowa-bound quarterback Nic Shimonek (2,167 yards, 30 TDs) leads your offense. But Keck sees a different test for his club, moving the football against Mildred’s defense (allowing 11.3 points per game) and slowing its running game.

“They’re dang good,” Keck said, “but this time of year, all you see is good teams.”

Keck went down the list on defense. Really good defensive line, solid secondary, roving linebackers.

“I don’t know if they have any weaknesses,” he said.

As for the offense?

“Obviously, the kid we’ve heard about from Day 1 is (Shimonek). We knew he was going DI,” Keck said. “But you start watching them, and it’s, ‘The running back’s really good, too.’

“They’re not one dimensional. They can do so many things.”

Harvell warns not to get enamored with Nocona’s run game solely. It is true that Fenoglio makes them go. Keck calls him a good athlete with great work ethic and vision.

The Indians do average 96.8 yards per game in the air, though. Senior quarterback Hayden Hill was 7 of 13 for 108 yards and a touchdown last week, only his seventh of the year.

Teams can’t go to sleep on the pass, Harvell said. Mildred should know that as much as anyone. In the team’s only loss, 70-22 Sept. 7 at Centerville, the run-heavy Tigers were 5 of 5 for 135 yards and two touchdowns.

“(Hill) does a good job of running the ball,” Harvell said, “but when he has to pass, he’s very accurate.”

The Indians’ win over Gunter was sloppy, Keck said. His team had 13 penalties and three turnovers. Mildred had 11 penalties last week in a more convincing 44-14 win over Clarksville.

“It comes down to being disciplined and reading keys,” Harvell said. “... This time of year, you’ve got to win the turnover battle and limit your penalties.”

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Mildred coach Patrick Harvell Harvell leaves Mildred, coaching

    Ready to move on to another chapter in his professional life, Patrick Harvell has resigned as athletic director and head football coach at Mildred. His five seasons off South Highway 287 can be counted among the school’s best on the football field.

    January 8, 2013 1 Photo

  • Mildred's hectic week 2A-DII FINAL: Destination point - Little time to think as Mildred readies for state final

    When you get this far into the playoffs, you take the bad, with the good. For Mildred coach Patrick Harvell, it’s the number of requests pouring in. When your team is one of 18 left in the state playing, two in your division, you become a hot commodity. “It’s extremely hectic,” Harvell said Monday morning.

    December 17, 2012 1 Photo

  • Mildred-Sonora 003 (2).jpg GC Football: Mildred state championship information

    Want to make plans to watch the Mildred Eagles play for a state championship Thursday at Cowboys Stadium? Visit the school's website for game details. If you can't make it, you can track the game with us.

    December 16, 2012 1 Photo

  • Mildred follow Follow Mildred tonight on Facebook, Twitter

    Can't make the trip to Marble Falls? You can follow the Mildred Eagles as they make a bid for the 2A-DII state championship game with the Daily Sun's Sports Facebook and Twitter pages.

    December 14, 2012 1 Photo

  • Mildred Sonora capsule Region II-2A DII SEMIS: Mildred faces red-hot Sonora with chance at school history

    For the second straight season, and for only the third time in the school’s history, Mildred will play for a chance to get to the state finals in football. It’s an opportunity coach Patrick Harvell wants his team to understand. Friday, Mildred (12-1) takes on a streaking Sonora team at 7:30 p.m. in Marble Falls. The winner will face the Elysian Fields-East Bernard winner next Thursday at Cowboys Stadium for the Class 2A Division II title.

    December 12, 2012 1 Photo

  • Nic Shimonek Top shelf: Mildred QB Shimonek has put up dizzying career numbers

    You can’t pull a four-inch thick book off the shelf, blow the dust off the cover and find it on the pages inside. A comprehensive digital database doesn’t exist to prove it. But there is little doubt when Nic Shimonek walks off the field the last time for the Mildred Eagles, he’ll do so owning every significant career passing record in the history of the Golden Circle.

    December 12, 2012 1 Photo

  • 12-11-12 Mildred Braswell.jpg.JPG Balancing Act: Mildred’s offense keeps on ticking under Braswell

    Legos for one child might lead to a castle. Another may take the same blocks and make an airplane. The fun lies in the mixing and matching and building, and a change in play caller at Mildred hasn’t halted results.

    December 10, 2012 1 Photo

  • Mildred-Nocona 041.JPG Late-round knockout: Mildred outduels pesky Nocona, 45-35

     

    Patrick Harvell doesn’t know how many kids he’ll have healthy Saturday morning. But he’ll need his trainer to do a yoeman’s effort. The Eagles have another football game to play. Mildred and Nocona went toe-to-toe, but the Eagles scored three of the game’s final four touchdowns after falling behind and limped out of Aledo with a 45-35 Region II-2A Division II championship.

    December 7, 2012 2 Photos

  • Mildred defensive line Angry Birds: Mildred’s front four jelling, excelling

    Ultimately, the goal remains to win. But when you’re a defensive lineman, personal aspirations mean something. “I want the tackle across me to hate me, or fear me at the end of the game,” junior defensive end Nic Stone said. That’s a sentiment his teammates up front on Mildred’s defensive line can relate to. They all play with an edge, with a little bit of fury, an anger.

    December 6, 2012 1 Photo

  • Mildred-Nocona GC Football: Mildred, Nocona on similar paths in Region II-2A DII finals

    Part of Mildred’s success a year ago stemmed from a group of seniors groomed in Patrick Harvell’s program. It was his fourth year at the helm, their fourth year under him, and expectations loomed large. A year later, it’s a similar situation being played out in Nocona.

    December 5, 2012 1 Photo

AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Seasonal Content
House Ads
Twitter Updates
Front page
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide