Celebrate the play

Brayden Anderberg, Joe Moreno, and Adrian Sanchez celebrate after Anderberg sacked the Falcons quarterback.

The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate football team lost its fourth straight game to the Kinkaid School 49-33 in Houston. RFHS booked a game with Kinkaid in Houston in order to prepare the team to play for a playoff environment.

RFHS’ overall record is now 2-4 with an 0-1 district record.

After the game, RFHS Head Coach Jay Seibert said he liked the way the team battled, overcoming a 20-3 deficit at one point and retaking the lead by 13. However, the undefeated (4-0) Kinkaid rallied back in the second half to take the game away from RFHS.

In the first quarter, Kinkaid took a 13 point lead after hitting on some explosive plays and long kickoff returns.

Kinkaid held a 13-0 lead to end the quarter.

In the second quarter, the Pirate offense got going after a big run by Ryan Wells set them up on Kinkaid’s side of the field. They were eventually stopped on third down and Cristobol Deleon kicked a 35 yard field goal to make it 13-3.

Kinkaid answered back in the next drive, scoring on a 30 yard touchdown (TD) run to make it 20-3.

RFHS scored its first TD in their next possession after a long pass reception by Devan Phillips put the Pirates in the redzone. Phillips later scored on an 11 yard TD pass from Ace Seibert to make it 20-10.

Both teams then traded possessions after being forced to punt and RFHS got the ball back with less than two minutes left in the half.

A. Seibert led the offense downfield with completions to Kaden Harder and Cade Leal. Leal scored on a 22 yard pass TD to make it 20-17.

On the ensuing kickoff, RFHS attempted an onside kick and recovered it with a scoop by John Chupe.

A long run by Phillips and scramble by A. Seibert put RFHS in field goal range. Deleon converted on a 36 yard field goal to tie it up at the half 20-20.

In the third quarter, RFHS received a Kinkaid onside kick with Ean McPherson making the recovery.

RFHS quickly got downfield after a 41 yard run by Chupe put them inside the redzone. Ryan Wells later finished the drive on a two yard rushing TD to take a 27-20 lead.

The RFHS defense forced a Kinkaid punt after a sack by Brayden Anderberg and pass interference call pinned the Falcons deep.

RFHS went on another scoring drive with Wells converting a fourth and short and A. Seibert connecting with Leal on a 65 yard reception that put them inside the five. Chupe later took an outside handoff from the two for a TD. After Deleon’s extra point was blocked, RFHS took a 33-20 lead.

Kinkaid followed up on their next drive by scoring on the second play off a 60 yard screen pass to make it 33-26 after a blocked point after try.

Kinkaid attempted another onside kick afterwards and successfully recovered.

The Pirates briefly got the ball back after a great interception by Phillips stalled the Falcons drive. However, A. Seibert was intercepted on the next drive off a tipped pass.

Kinkaid scored on the turnover and converted for two to retake the lead 34-33 just before the end of the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, RFHS continued its drive after the Kinkaid score but was halted after numerous penalties pinned the offense deep and forced a punt.

The RFHS defense got a couple big plays in the backfield by Joe Moreno and Michael Gonzalez, however the Falcons managed to score on a pass TD to extend their lead. Kinkaid converted another two-point try to take a 42-33 lead.

RFHS’ next drive began with big runs by Chupe and a huge one handed catch down the sideline by Harder to keep the drive alive on Kinkaid’s side of the field. However, the drive ended on an interception over the middle intended for Chupe.

Kinkaid went on to score again on a 48 yard TD pass and ended any hope at an RFHS comeback 49-33.

On offense, A. Seibert was 6-17 passing with 178 yards, two TD’s, and two interceptions.

Chupe led RFHS in rushing, going 18-135 yards and one TD.

Wells was 18-80 yards and one TD.

Phillips was 8-41 yards. He also was 2-46 yards receiving with one TD and an interception on defense.

Leal was 2-91 yards receiving with one TD.

Harder was 2-41 yards receiving.

Defensively, Payton McAlister led RFHS in tackles with five. Two for a loss.

Phillips, Gonzalez, George Marable, and Augustus Byrom had three tackles each.

Anderberg and Gonzalez each had a sack.

RFHS will look to finish out the remainder of its district season starting this week with West Oso. RFHS will also hold Homecoming ceremonies this week.

RFHS plays West Oso at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. Homecoming ceremonies will be held before the game.

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