The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate football team finished the regular season with a dominating win at home Friday, Nov. 8 over the Robstown Cotton Pickers 64-12. The team was presented the District 15-4A Div. II championship trophy after the game.
The Pirates won back-to-back disctrict championships for the first time since 1993.
RFHS finishes the regular season with a 7-3 overall record and a 5-0 district record as they head into the post season as a number one seed in the 4A Div. II Region IV bracket.
Going into the game against Robstown, the Pirates were a heavy favorite against the 2-7 Pickers and dominated throughout.
In the first quarter, the Pirates scored on the opening drive with a five-yard rush touchdown (TD) by Garrett Loudermilk. It was the first of five trips to the end zone for Loudermilk.
Robstown was forced to punt on its first drive following a sack by Chris Darnold on third down.
Not long after, Loudermilk took off on a 31-yard rush TD.
Brandon Kilough came away with a tackle in the backfield to force a Robstown punt in the next drive.
A couple plays later, Loudermilk took off once more for a 38-yard rush TD, leaving a wake of Robstown defenders on the ground behind him. The score put RFHS up 20-0 to end the first quarter after a missed extra point.
The Pickers’ moved downfield in their next drive after completing a couple passes to get inside the red zone. They finished on a one yard rush TD to make it 20-6.
However, after building up some momentum, it was quickly taken away on the ensuing kickoff on a 76 yard TD return by the speedy Joe Franks to make it 27-6.
Robstown punted again in its next drive and gave Loudermilk another chance to take it the distance, this time zooming for a 68-yard rush TD to make it 34-6.
After another Picker punt, Loudermilk capped the night off with a carry from the gun, this time running for a 57-yard rush TD. After a good two-point conversion, Loudermilk ended his night with five TD’s on seven carries.
RFHS ended the half up 42-6 after a fumble recovery by Phillip Krupa.
In the third quarter, Robstown received but then punted to the RFHS second team offense.
They started off shaky with a fumble after driving into the red zone. However, the Pickers gave it right back with a fumble recovery by Luis Aguilar. In the second teams’ offense next go round, Rickey Franks finished with a four yard rush TD to make it 49-6.
In the Pickers’ following series, Aguilar recovered his second fumble to put the Pirate offense back on the field to start the fourth quarter.
Less than a minute later, Luke Muirhead pounded his way for another rush TD to make it 56-6.
With the Pirates second team defense in, Robstown scored its second and last TD of the night on a 72 yard pass to make it 56-12.
The RFHS offense chewed away the clock in its next drive and finished with another rush TD, this time by Joe Moreno.
RFHS put the game on ice after with a fumble recovery by Sergio Rodriguez and kneed it for a 64-12 victory.
Using a committee of backs, the Pirates rushed for 408 yards. Loudermilk led RFHS in rushing on seven attempts for 203 yards and five TD’s.
Logan Lowry and Cade Leal also had a catch each.
Kilough led RFHS in tackles with 12, four of them for a loss.
Payton McAlister followed with nine tackles.
Nathan Cason finished with nine tackles, two for a loss.
The Pirates open the postseason in a bi-district matchup against the Progreso Red Ants at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 in Falfurrias.
Since taking over at the start of the district season, Cass Flores leads RFHS in passing. He is currently 16-37 for 275 yards and has thrown five TD’s to one interception.
Loudermilk, in his time at quarterback and halfback throughout the year, leads RFHS in rushing with 1,332 yards on 163 attempts for 20 TD’s.
Franks has been an explosive weapon for RFHS since coming into significant playing time against Ingleside. Already, on only 20 attempts, Franks follows Loudermilk in rushing with 422 yards and two TD’s. Franks current yards per carry stands at more than 21 yards.
John Chupe and Ryan Wells follow in rushing with 380 and 340 yards, respectively. Each also has 4 TD’s.
Leal leads RFHS in receiving with 127 yards on seven receptions and three TD’s.
Kaden Harder has six receptions for 106 yards and one TD.
Wells follows with seven receptions for 102 yards and one TD.
In kicking, Axel Espino is 1-1 this year in field goals and 32-37 on extra points.