A Montgomery defender lunges to take down Barbers Hill receiver Cameron Cauley in the Eagles’ 62-31 win Friday night to improve to 1-1. 

Eagles beat Montgomery 62-31 to move to 1-1

MONT BELVIEU — The Montgomery secondary would have had better luck trying to find Waldo than Cameron Cauley in the Barbers Hill home opener.

The Eagle receiver ran through and past the Bears, finishing with 10 receptions for 222 yards and five touchdowns. It all helped add up to a 62-31 win for Barbers Hill as it rallied from a disappointing season-opening loss to Magnolia.

“It started with practice,” Cauley said. “I texted coach personally, saying what do we need to do to win, to bounce back. I need to be a better leader, worked hard in practice and it showed up in the game.”

It showed up particularly in the second quarter.

The Eagle broke the game open, taking a 14-13 lead and extending to a 35-13 cushion at the half. By that point, Montgomery (1-1) knew it was in for a long night as quarterback Christian Kaopua had thrown for five touchdowns, four to Cauley and one to Canden Grogan. Kaopua would finish with six on the night, completing 17 of 23 for 304 yards and also rushing for 76 on 13 carries.

“We simplified a few things, added a tight end in the offense and that helped us run the football a little bit and take the pressure off of him,” Barbers Hill head coach Tom Westerberg said. “It created some seams in some different spots. We kind of revamped a little bit. We regrouped after the first loss and now, here we go.”

As bad as it looked for Montgomery at the half, it could have been much worse. Cavin Branin recovered a fumble giving the Eagle offense the ball at the Montgomery 25. Barbers Hill came up empty, turning it over on downs. The offense also fumbled the ball away at Bear 1 in the first half.

After giving up two first quarter scores, the defense shut Montgomery down in the second frame, setting up one score with an interception by Cole Hahn.

“We have been telling them to try and create scores off of turnovers and we don’t get it done in the first quarter,” Westerberg said. “We do get it done in the second quarter and do a better job of playing team ball.”

The defense added a score of its down on a 19-yard interception return for a touchdown by Jaden Marron. Offensively, the spotlight was shining on the offense line and running game in the second half.

Ethan Hagler racked up 96 yards and Cohn Betz added 89 as the offense bounced back in fine fashion to improve to 1-1 on the season.

“It boosted (our confidence) a lot,” Cauley said. “We got a game Saturday (at Kingwood Park), we will do good. Just keep on moving. We are 1-1 and trying to get over .500.”

Barbers Hill will finish the non-district slate at Humble against Kingwood Park at 6 p.m.

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