The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate football team picked up its first victory since September 18 in a 49-0 wallop of the West Oso Bears Friday, Oct. 23 at home.
RFHS is now 1-1 in district play and 3-4 overall.
The Pirates celebrated homecoming week with a victory after losing four straight games. RFHS was also dominant on both sides of the ball.
“It felt great getting a win, it’s been awhile,” said RFHS Head Football Coach Jay Seibert. “Everything looked real good. We got a big lead and everybody got to play, all the seniors. Some of these guys have been coming to practice and we’ve been in a lot of close game and they haven’t gone in the game much but a lot of them got in the game tonight.”
In the first quarter, RFHS scored four touchdowns.
RFHS scored on the opening drive after a big return by John Chupe set them up on Oso’s side of the field. Ryan Wells scored on an 18 yard rush touchdown (TD) up the middle to go up 7-0.
The Pirates then scored back-to-back TD’s through the air begining with a 74 yard bomb from Ace Seibert to Kaden Harder. A. Seibert then connected with Cade Leal for a 48 yard TD pass to take a 21-0 lead with 6:24 left in the first.
After a big run by Chupe put RFHS in the redzone, Wells took another inside handoff from the 15 for his second score of the game for a 28-0 lead.
On defense, RFHS got the ball back on a big interception and return downfield by Rickey Franks just before the conclusion of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, RFHS continued its drive after the interception but a fumbled exchange gave the ball back to the Bears.
RFHS eventually got the ball back after a punt and began another successful drive with big plays by Devan Phillips. After taking a handoff for 35 yards inside Oso’s five, Phillips scored on a five yard pass reception to give RFHS a 35-0 lead.
After another stop by the RFHS defense, the Pirates got the ball back and scored on a 22 yard run by Kaden Kennedy to take a 42-0 lead with 4:36 remaining in the half.
Kennedy’s score was the last of the half for RFHS. The Pirates passing attack had been too much for the Bears. In five completions, A. Seibert had thrown to a different receiver each time, and scored on three of them.
In the second half, the Pirates rested most of their offensive starters but still scored once more during their opening drive.
Wells scored his third rush TD on a 15 yard scamper to the endzone to put RFHS up 49-0.
As Oso kept their offensive starters on the field, the Pirates also fielded most of theirs. However, the Bears’ struggles moving the ball persisted.
At the final whistle, the Bears gained a total of 58 total yards. The RFHS defense posted its second shutout win of the year.
On offense, A. Seibert was 5-9 passing with 156 yards and three TD’s.
Wells led RFHS in rushing with 9-83 yards and three TD’s.
Kennedy was 6-79 yards rushing with one TD.
Chupe was 5-67 yards rushing.
In receiving, Harder, Leal, Phillips, Chupe, and Kane each caught one pass. Harder, Leal, and Phillips’ catches were for TD’s.
On defense, Phillip Krupa led RFHS in tackles with five, including three for a loss.
Augustus Byrom, Bronnson Hutson, and Carsen Flores had four tackles each.
R. Franks nabbed two interceptions and Brayden Anderberg recorded one sack.
The Pirates will play a pivotal district game this week at Ingleside. If the Pirates win, they can secure the second place seed going into the playoffs.
“It’s a big game for us. We need to win so we have a better playoff matchup,” said J. Seibert.
RFHS will continue its district season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at Ingleside.