East Football Loses Opener

East football’s season opener at Memorial Stadium had ebbs and flows.
I was at Memorial Stadium as the Titans opened the season against West Columbia. First Titan play from scrimmage for 2018. Handoff, Brandon Tumlinson, senior, fourth year on the varsity, and it’s a fumble. The Roughnecks recover at the East 21. The Titan defense holds, Juan Rosas, with the 22-yard field goal, West Columbia up 3-0. Next East drive, Shawn Kainer, connecting with Steven Flenner. nice gain, but there’s a fumble, and West Columbia gets the ball back at its own 45. The Titans hold and force the Roughnecks to go for it on fourth down. Cameron Ward pressured by Tumlinson, incomplete pass, East holds. Next Titan drive, Kainer and Tumlinson can’t get the handoff together. Fumble, West Columbia gets the ball again at the East 20. Early second quarter, Rosas, 38 yard field goal, Roughnecks up 6-0. That’s when the Titan offense gets going. Kainer to Flenner, gets the first down and draws a 15-yard personal foul. Then the Roughnecks are called for unsportsmanlike conduct. This drive would end with a Kainer four-yard touchdown run. So despite the early turnovers, East had a 7-6 second quarter lead. The Titans would lead at the half, 21-12. But West Columbia outscores the Titans, 20-0, in the second half to pick up the 32-21 win. East football next Friday night plays at Gregory-Portland.

LANTANA, Texas (AP) – Tony Romo advanced through pre-qualifying in the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, shooting a 2-over 74 on Friday at Lantana Golf Club.

One of 39 players to advance from Lantana, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback moved on to the first stage as he attempts to secure Web.com Tour membership. Romo finished at 2-over 218 after openings with two 72s.

“It was kind of what I expected,” said Romo, now a CBS analyst. “Everyone playing here is an accomplished, really good golfer and you have to play good to be in the mix.”

The 38-year-old Romo played in the PGA Tour event in the Dominican Republic on a sponsor’s exemption in March, shooting 77-82 to miss the cut. He won the American Century Championship celebrity event in July.

“Just to see where your game’s at. The more you play, the more you put yourself in an environment with really good players, the better chance you’ll get a feel for what you’ve got to practice.

“Coming out here, I’ve been playing some pretty good golf, so I wanted to see where the game finished at the end of the summer. Then we’ll have a good six months to practice and get ourselves ready. I’ve been practicing for about four or five months, so just starting to practice real golf and there’s a lot of improvement that has happened, so I’m excited.