KHS football numbers

Kilgore High School's Chris McGhee (44) and P.J. Wiley (2) celebrate making a play at Gladewater Friday night, a 54-0 win for the Bulldogs.

Here through statistics provided straight from the Kilgore High School Bulldogs – from their official numbers after breaking down film – is a look back at statistics from their 54-0 win at Gladewater on Friday night, plus a few more items.

Rider still rules the road: Well, maybe not the road, per se, but nobody wants to try to tackle this guy. That would be Kilgore running back Davin Rider, a senior who runs the ball like something very bad is chasing him.

Rider, who missed the second half of the Pine Tree game the week before, sure looked like he was feeling no pain Friday night against the Bears. He carried the ball just seven times, but for 136 yards and three scores, averaging a just-stupid 19.4 yards a carry.

Also, Isaiah Ross continued to get in some time to help spell Rider and throw defenses off track. Ross finished with 99 yards on six carries and two touchdowns. Matthew Hardy, who has came on strong lately, finished up with 94 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, and Devin Walker, who moved to Kilgore from Gladewater, got a score on his old teammates, finishing with 21 yards and the touchdown on four carries.

Dadrian Franklin also had two carries for 6 yards.

QB1 throws a TD: Kilgore quarterback Da’Marion Van Zandt, just a junior, is almost always calm in the pocket, and it pays off. Van Zandt didn’t have a lot of attempts Friday night, just eight, but he was efficient, completing five of them for 64 yards and a 29-yard touchdown to Corey Rider, who is making his own mark, not just as a receiver, but defensively, as well.

Dadrian Franklin caught three of Van Zandt’s passes for 29 yards, helping to keep the chains moving, and Matthew Tyeskie had a catch for 6 yards.

The offensive line doesn’t have a lot of numbers that people can read, but here’s one really impressive one: Kilgore’s offense had 413 yards of total offense against Gladewater.

Baldazo is a bad man: Kilgore kicker Chris Baldazo was referred to in a Tweet by coach Clint Fuller as the best kicker in the state. Fuller might be right; certainly, Baldazo is among the elite.

The senior, who had hit two field goals of 41 and 40 yards, respectively, before the Gladewater game, wasn’t asked to kick a field goal this time, but he was asked to kick a bunch of extra points. And he did convert six of the eight. To boot (get it, to boot?), punter Jose Jaime had to go out on the field for duty just once, and drilled a 46-yarder.

Putting the D in defense: Coach Chad Loper’s Bulldog defense had bite on Friday night against the Bears. They allowed just 229 yards, total, to Gladewater in the game, and held D.J. Allen (who to be fair is normally a receiver for Gladewater) to a 2-of-9 performance for 29 yards. In eight Gladewater offensive possessions, Kilgore forced two three-downs-and-out. And they were clean: the Bulldogs only had one penalty on defense (for 15 yards).

Pass-rushing defensive lineman Zaelen Matthews had Kilgore’s only sack of the night, but also had six tackles. Kendall Dunn had nine tackles to lead the defensive effort, and Davin Rider (yeah, the same guy) had eight. Chris Ervin, P.J. Wiley and Chris McGhee each had seven; Matthews and Peyton Christian each had six; Jacob Caruthers and Omarion Smith each had five; Jackson Harris had four; Corey Rider, Alex Chavez, Tyeskie, Marcaelin Caraway, Ross, and Demontrell Candie each had three; Daverion Franklin and Ronyn Williams each had two; and Walker and Desmond Fuller each had one.

In addition, Corey Rider had an interception, a pass break-up and a fumble recovery (told you he was all over the place); Wiley had a forced fumble; Daverion Franklin had a pass break-up; Tyeskie had a fumble recovery that he returned 70 yards; Harris had a fumble recovery; and Christian had another quarterback hurry.

OK, Mitch, that’s great, but what are some yearly stats?: Well, here you go.

On the season, Kilgore has rushed for 969 yards and 17 touchdowns already, that on 110 total carries. They’ve averaged 8.8 yards per carry, which is kind of ridiculous – they’re almost averaging a first down a play. And that’s also a huge credit to a young offensive line that didn’t seem to have just a ton of experience coming into 2021, thought to be a concern. The O-line has stepped up and for the most part, had a very good non-district schedule.

Davin Rider leads Kilgore in rushing, in carries (48), yards (596), touchdowns (11) and average yards per carry (12.4, another ridiculous number). Ross has 219 yards and two scores on 31 carries (7.1 yards per carry) and Hardy, 119 yards and a score on 19 carries. Jermaine Roney has 7 yards rushing on the season; Roney is primarily a receiver. And Van Zandt has just one yard, when one figures in yards lost on sacks), but two touchdowns.

Van Zandt is 37-of-68 for 491 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions through the first four games. Roney is the leader in three categories: number of catches (11), yardage (123) and touchdowns (two). Dadrian Franklkin has nine catches for 85 yards. Corey Rider has three, for 114 yards and the touchdown against the Bears. Tyeskie has four for 23 yards, and Davin Rider four for 77. Ross has three catches for 54 yards. Wiley has two for 15 yards, and Jacob Caruthers has a catch for 3 yards.

In all, the Ragin’ Red has 1,463 yards of total offense in 2021.

Jaime on the season has punted just nine times, an average of 33 yards per punt. Baldazo is 17-of-20 in extra point attempts and 2-of-4 in field goal attempts.

Bring the D stats, please: Hold your horses. Here they are.

In four games, all non-district, Kilgore has allowed 748 rushing yards to opponents and 616 passing yards, a total of 1,364 yards. In 40 possessions for opponents, they’ve forced 11 three-and-outs, and they’ve had four penalties total for 45 yards.

Matthews leads KHS with five quarterback hurries, and Chavez has four – collectively as a unit, the Bulldogs have 14 hurries.

And the Bulldogs have 10 sacks. Matthews leads that one, as well, with 2 1/2, and Harris has two.

Three players – Christian, Dunn and Ervin – lead the team with 21 total tackles each. Chavez and Christian each have two tackles for loss.

Ervin, Corey Rider and Daverion Franklin each have an interception, and Corey Rider, Ervin, Christian, Dunn and Harris each have a fumble recovery.

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