The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate football team got off to a slow start but soon began to overwhelm the Ingleside Mustangs in nearly every facet in a 35-12 victory on Homecoming night Friday, Oct. 25.
RFHS moves to 3-0 in district play and remains tied for first place in District 15-4A Div. II with Orange Grove. The Pirates overall record moves to 5-3.
Had it not been for a bad snap on an attempted punt in the Pirates own end zone, Ingleside may have never scored on a stingy Pirate defense that shut down the Mustangs all night with five turnovers. The Pirate ground game was also too much for Ingleside as Garrett Loudermilk scored four touchdowns while Joe Franks ran for more than 200 yards.
In the first quarter, the Pirates received and after failing to convert on fourth down, Ingleside marched downfield but fumbled in the redzone. Bronnson Hutson was there for the recovery.
Both teams continued to trade punts the rest of the first quarter.
After a Pirate fumble early in the second quarter, Ingleside went on another productive drive into Pirate territory. The Pirates came up with another takeaway after pressure by Nathan Cason forced an errant throw that was picked off by Hutson for his second takeaway.
After the takeaway, the Pirates finally got some momentum going after a big run by Franks put the Pirates inside the five-yard line. Loudermilk finished the drive on a short touchdown (TD) run to take a 7-0 lead with 7:20 remaining.
The Pirate defense forced another punt but fumbled again on offense to give the ball right back. Ingleside was stumped again by the Pirate defense after a sack by Cason forced a punt with under a minute left.
RFHS scored in that minute after a big run by Franks set them up near midfield. Loudermilk then took off up the middle for a big 45-yard TD run to put RFHS up 14-0 at the half.
In the third quarter, Ingleside opened with possession but punted soon after. RFHS answered quickly in the first play of its drive on a long 93-yard TD run by Franks. Franks beat his man to the edge, tiptoed the sideline and turned on the burners to put RFHS up 21-0.
Ingleside looked to the air again to catch up from its 21-point deficit. However, Chris Darnold joined in on the passing of the Pirate takeaway chain and snagged an interception near the sideline.
With RFHS already in Ingleside territory, it didn’t take long for Loudermilk to score again on a 33-yard TD run to make it 28-0.
Ingleside surrendered the ball again to RFHS on a recovered fumble by Kilough. However, Ingleside got it back quickly on a tipped ball, interception. Ingleside got the ball back to end the third quarter trailing 28-0.
After another forced punt by RFHS, the offense got back to work and Loudermilk notched his fourth rushing TD of the game to put RFHS up 35-0.
Ingleside went on another long drive in Pirate territory looking for their first points of the game. The opportunity was squandered when Cason stood up an Ingleside ball carrier and stripped the ball for another takeaway.
Ingleside then backed RFHS into its own endzone and forced a punt. A bad snap resulted in a short punt, which led to an Ingleside TD.
Ingleside scored again on a pass down the middle but had no time to catch RFHS, losing 35-12.
Loudermilk finished with four TD’s and 129 yards rushing.
Franks ran for 211 yards and one TD.
The Pirates will play for first place in district this week at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at Orange Grove.