Standing near the middle of the field at Robinson’s Rocket Stadium after the game, Teague running back Tayvis Coleman smiled a wide smile and basked in the glow of a win to start the playoffs.
After Cameron Yoe eliminated Teague from the playoffs for three consecutive seasons, the Lions finally struck back by stomping the Yoemen, 40-14, on Thursday night.
“That made our team practice even harder this week,” Coleman said. “We’ve lost to them three years, so senior year it feels pretty good to beat them and move on.”
Coleman played a huge role as he rushed for 245 yards and caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Zack Satterwhite.
Meanwhile the Lions defense clamped down on Cameron, holding the Yoemen to 245 yards of total offense and coming up with a fumble recovery and an interception in the second half.
It all spelled redemption for Teague, which saw its 10-win campaign end with a loss to Cameron in the third round of the playoffs last season in Temple.
“We had to get that monkey off our back,” Teague coach Donnie Osborn said. “But I never heard one person say all week, other than our Quarterback Club and our fans say, ‘Oh, you know, Cameron four times in a row.’ I told our guys, the team that wins tonight is the team that plays their freakin’ tail off.”
Teague (9-2) advances in the Class 3A Division I playoffs to play the Winnie-East Chambers vs. Buna winner. The Lions next round game has already been slated for 7 p.m. on Nov. 24 at Conroe ISD’s Woodforest Bank Stadium.
Cameron saw it’s season end with a 4-7 mark.
Teague scored on four-straight possessions in the first half to build a 28-7 lead by the break.
Coleman, who rushed for 161 yards on 19 carries, broke loose for an 18-yard touchdown, the game’s initial score.
Osborn then rolled the dice with an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff and Brady Welch recovered for the Lions.
“We knew we were going to run that onside kick on Monday,” Osborn said. “I told our kids on Monday, ‘After we score our first touchdown, we’re onside kicking so just get ready.’”
Satterwhite followed up by directing a 14-play, 49-yard march.
The Teague QB capped the drive on fourth-and-nine from the Cameron 18. Satterwhite scrambled to his right, then threw for the end zone. Lions wide receiver Rodney Kuykendall grabbed the tipped ball for the 18-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead with 8:26 left in the second quarter.
Teague came up with another big special teams play on Cameron’s second offensive series.
When Yoemen punter Bryce Brashear had to chase down a high punt snap into his own end zone, Teague linebacker Santos Estrada pursued and blocked Brashear’s eventual punt. Marcus Williams recovered the blocked punt at the Yoemen 2.
The Lions rewarded Williams by lining the lineman up in the backfield on first-and-goal from the 2. Williams powered into the end zone for the score and a 21-0 Teague lead.
Cameron ran just eight offensive plays through the first quarter-and-a-half, but Yoemen quarterback Zack Andress sparked a touchdown drive on Cameron’s third possession.
Andress found wide receiver Garrett Roeder over the middle for a 23-yard gain into Teague territory and the Yoemen’s initial first down of the contest.
Andress eventually capped the nine-play, 67-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown dive with 2:38 left before halftime.
But Teague answered before the break.
The Lions handed three times to Coleman for 11 yards and Satterwhite hit Antonio Heard for a 15-yard gain to the Teague 45.
Following a Lions timeout, Teague lined up receivers Antonio and Tyrese Heard to Satterwhite’s left, attracting the attention of the Yoemen secondary. Then Satterwhite threw a dart to Coleman on the opposite side and Coleman turned it into a 55-yard touchdown.
“The wheel route with our tailback, it was a great call by our OC, Coach (Bryce) Perkins,” Osborn said. “Freakin’ awesome call by him. Even though they were in the first half, (Satterwhite’s two touchdown passes) were a dagger for those guys.”
Satterwhite completed 6 of 10 passes for 100 yards and the two TDs in the first half.
Teague held Cameron to 80 yards of total offense on just 19 offensive plays before the break.
Teague defensive lineman Fred Harper recovered a fumble to stop the Yoemen’s opening drive of the second half in Lions territory at the 25.
The Teague offense responded by driving 74 yards for an icing score. Coleman scored his third touchdown of the game on a 4-yard run that put the Lions ahead 34-7 with 3:55 left in the third quarter.
As if he hadn’t already done enough. Coleman intercepted a pass in his own end zone early in the fourth to put out any hope Cameron might have had of mounting a huge comeback.