The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate football team defeated the West Oso Bears Friday, Oct. 22 despite surrendering their highest point total this season in a 73-34 victory.
The win puts RFHS at 7-1 overall and 4-1 in district play.
The Pirates remain tied for second place in District 16-4A DII standings with Ingleside. Sinton remains in first place at 5-0 and Port Isabel in fourth place at 3-2.
West Oso put up a tough fight in the first half with the score at 35-28. After making some defensive adjustments, RFHS pulled away in the second half, allowing only six more points.
RFHS Head Football Coach Jay Seibert said Oso prepared a good game plan against their defense.
“They (Oso) got some athletic kids and when they get the ball in their hands in space, they’re trouble,” said J. Seibert. “We practiced them throwing 40-50 yard passes all week, and then they sat their and ate us up in the short game all night. They did a great job.”
The Bears did well on offense, but the Pirate offense did even better, more than doubling Oso’s point total.
The Pirates finished with 10 touchdowns (TD) and 696 yards overall, 489 yards on the ground.
During the game, quarterback Ace Seibert and running back John Chupe hit a milestone of 20 TD’s each on the season. A. Seibert now has 20 TD passes through eight games; Chupe, 21 TD’s total.
J. Seibert said he’s had other players score 20 plus TD’s before, but not in eight games.
“I’ve had guys score in the 20’s before, but they did it in 13 games,” J. Seibert said. “John’s a special player. And the fact that we’ve come back and thrown for 20 TD’s this season when we’re not a passing team, the coaching staff has done a good job implementing the pass and we’ve got some guys who can make plays there.”
In the first quarter, Oso received and scored in less than two minutes on a short pass TD to take a lead.
RFHS replicated Oso with a two minute drive of their own and scored on a short run by Devan Phillips to make it 7-7.
Oso marched downfield in the next series and took another early 14-7 lead on a long TD pass.
The Pirates answered again on a 25-yard TD pass from A. Seibert to Rickey Franks to tie it at 14-14 with 3:25 remaining.
The RFHS defense came up with the first defensive stop of the game and forced an Oso punt with two minutes remaining. RFHS remained efficient on offense and scored on a 55-yard TD run by Chupe.
In the second quarter, Oso was forced to punt again, allowing RFHS to extend its lead in the next drive on a 12-yard TD pass from A. Seibert to Jordan Gibson to make it 28-14 with 7:48 remaining.
Oso attacked RFHS through the air again and drove into the red area with two big pass plays. They scored on a sweep near the goal line with 4:48 remaining.
The RFHS offense continued its dominant first half and scored the next series on a 4-yard TD run by Kaden Kennedy.
With less than 2:30 before the half, Oso scored again through the air to make it 35-28.
RFHS couldn’t answer with less than 30 seconds before the half, leaving the score at 35-28.
In the third quarter, RFHS received but could not convert on third and long to keep the drive going. The Pirates opted for a field goal and Cristobol Deleon booted it from 33-yards out to make it 38-28 with 8:25 remaining.
Oso made another deep drive into the red area but was stopped on fourth down.
RFHS took advantage of a long run by Phillips and scored on a short run by Chupe to make it 45-28.
The third quarter ended shortly after another failed fourth down conversion by Oso.
In the fourth quarter, Phillips led RFHS downfield quickly on a 72-yard run to put them in the redzone. He scored two plays later on a short scamper to make it 52-28.
Oso finally scored their lone points of the second half the next series on a short pass. The extra point was blocked by Payton McAlister and left the score at 52-34.
The Pirate offense wasted no time and scored 59 seconds later. A. Seibert hit Gibson on a big pass downfield to put them at the goal line. Phillips then walked in behind his line and scored his third TD of the night to make it 59-34.
The game’s first turnover was made by Rickey Franks, nabbing an interception with 6:23 left in the quarter. On the next play, A. Seibert his Gibson down the middle for a 58-yard pass TD with 6:14 left.
Oso was picked off again in the next series by Kennedy to set up a 3-yard TD run by Armani Garcia to end the game 73-34.
A. Seibert was 8-12 passing with 207 yards and three TD’s. He also rushed for 43 yards.
Chupe led RFHS in rushing, going 18-223 and two TD’s. He also had one catch for 16 yards.
Phillips was 11-169 rushing and three TD’s. He also had one catch for 16 yards.
Kennedy and Garcia each had a score on the ground.
Gibson led RFHS in receiving, going 3-108 yards and two TD’s.
Franks was 2-49 receiving and one TD.
Joe Moreno led RFHS defensively with 19 tackles and two sacks.
McAlister finished with 13 tackles and one blocked field goal.
Phillip Krupa had eight tackles.
Deleon was 1-1 on field goals and 10/10 on extra points
The Pirates will travel to Robstown this week for a matchup with the Cottonpickers. Game is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29.