The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate football team took care of the Hondo Owls 60-17 Thursday, Nov. 11 in La Vernia in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
RFHS moves to 10-1 overall.
Hondo took an early 7-0 lead following a redzone fumble by RFHS in their first possession. However, the Pirates were unstoppable on offense the rest of the way, scoring on every possession after in route to their 60-17 victory.
The Pirate defense also put some points on the board with two pick-sixes.
With the game still tied at 7-7 in the first quarter, Payton McAlister turned the game in the Pirates favor with a 54-yard interception return for a touchdown (TD) to make it 14-7.
Before McAlister’s pick six, a penalty was called on the Pirates during a Hondo punt that kept their drive alive. RFHS coaches and players vehemently disagreed with the call. RFHS Head Football Coach Jay Seibert said he thought the call lit a fire under the team.
“I think all that chaos kind of fired us up,” said J. Seibert. “It seemed like after the flag and the personal foul, the next thing you know, our boys are raring to go.
“Sometimes weird things happen to get you pumped up.”
That fire continued to burn all game for RFHS on both sides of the ball.
After John Chupe scored the first two TD’s for the Pirate offense, Ace Seibert scored the next five offensive TD’s through the air.
A. Seibert scored two TD’s in the second quarter, two in the third quarter, and one in the fourth quarter before being relieved.
J. Seibert said A. Seibert coming along as of late is a huge plus as they play further into the postseason.
“We know we have the stud running back, and we have a couple after him that are pretty stinkin’ good too,” said J. Seibert. “And Ace has thrown the ball really well, he’s getting better every game.
“I really think he’s getting more comfortable with the offense. At the beginning of the year, he threw really well then too, but I don’t think he fully understood what I was asking him to do. Now it seems when I call a play, we’re on the same page of what I want him to do with it.”
A. Seibert’s favorite target in recent weeks, Rickey Franks, scored on two catches of 56 and 65 yards.
After A. Seibert was relieved early in the fourth quarter, Franks scored once more, but this time on a 75-yard interception return TD to make it three scores in total.
After surrendering the early TD in Hondo’s first possession, the Pirate defense did not allow another score until late in the fourth quarter against the second team defense.
A. Seibert finished 8-12 passing with 265 yards and five TD’s. He is now at 33 passing TD’s on the season.
Franks led RFHS in receiving, going 2-121 yards and two TD’s. He also had four tackles and one interception return for a TD on defense.
Jordan Gibson was 3-53 with one TD receiving.
David Chittarath and Ean McPherson also caught one TD each.
Chupe led RFHS rushing with 11-86 yards and two TD’s.
Luke Muirhead rushed 5-32 yards.
Aydan Smith rushed 3-28 yards.
McAlister led RFHS in tackles with 12, including his interception return TD.
Joe Moreno and Noah Jones finished with 11 tackles each.
Phillip Krupa tallied eight tackles, an interception, and a pass break-up.
The defense finished with three sacks, one each by Kalub Schmidt, Luis Aguilar, and Rodrigo Gonzalez.
The Pirates will face their biggest challenge of the season this week against the Cuero Gobblers. Cuero is currently the #7 ranked team in 4A-DII. As of the final week of the regular season, RFHS was ranked #13 in the state.
The Pirates will play the Gobblers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at Victoria Memorial Stadium in Victoria, TX.
Tickets are $5 and are being sold online at https://bit.ly/3DoElJe.