Spring’s Joseph Dorceus didn’t play last week.
He was one of 11 players suspended for their roles in the melee that unfolded on the field against Westfield.
Dorceus made up for it with two game’s worth of production Friday – good and bad.
The 245-pound defensive tackle/running back rushed for three touchdowns, fumbled twice and recorded five sacks, with the last one helping seal a 25-20 win over Montgomery at George Stadium.
“He’s just got a high motor,” Spring coach Sam Parker said.
“His brother (Doroland) played for us and did a great job, and he’s one of those kids who’s just trying to make a play and be a great player.”
The win sent Spring to 6-1 overall, 3-1 in District 15-6A. Montgomery fell to 5-2, 2-2.
The Lions struck first on Dorceus’ first score in the first quarter, but the extra-point try went awry and Montgomery took a 7-6 lead four minutes later, turning a Lions turnover into a touchdown.
Jake Loera recovered a fumble, then scored on a 59-yard grab four plays later.
But Spring moved the ball at will in the first half, racking up 227 yards and rebuilding a 19-7 lead it took to halftime.
Alex McCray’s 54-yard scoring grab was the big play.
Spring took a 25-7 lead on Dorceus’ third rushing touchdown with 5:04 left in the third quarter, but the Bears charged back.
They pulled within 25-13 on Loera’s second scoring reception, then recovered an onside kick and closed the gap to 25-20 with 1:26 left in the third on QB Scott McKenzie’s 36-yard TD strike to Clay Alexander.
The two scores came only 52 seconds apart.
“We did some great things on both sides, but there’s not a better coached team in this district than Montgomery,” Parker said. “They are very well coached. They do a great job on both sides and they get you do to silly things.”
Nothing was sillier than Dorceus’ second fumble.
Spring had the ball with about a minute left and a chance to secure a win with a first down, but it flew out of Dorceus’ hands, giving Montgomery one more chance near midfield with 1:11 remaining.
Then Dorceus flew in for his fifth sack on second down, eventually causing Montgomery to run out of time.
“He offers us a lot of different weapons that are really dangerous,” Parker said.
Spring’s Jalan Cooper supplied two more sacks and the Lions held Montgomery to 261 total yards and 15 first downs.
The Bears managed only 81 yards on 33 rushes.
“It’s disappointing,” Montgomery coach John Bolfing said. “I’m disappointed for them, but I’m super proud of our guys. They battled.”
Spring QB Eric Spencer threw for 229 yards and one touchdown on 12-of-19 passing.
McCray rushed for 58 yards and caught three balls for 110 yards, helping the Lions rack up 387 total yards and 21 first downs.
McKenzie completed 14 of 25 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns for Montgomery.
Loera finished with four receptions for 75 yards and two scores.
“(Loera’s) a great receiver – a great route runner, a great receiver (and) just a good, physical football player,” Bolfing said. “He plays both sides of the ball for us, returns punts – he does all kinds of stuff.”
Jason McDaniel is a freelance writer.