The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate football team put on another impressive show on offense in a 62-24 win over the Corpus Christi King Mustangs Friday, Sept. 3 at Buc Stadium.
RFHS’ overall record is now 2-0.
The Pirates scored the most points amongst all 11-man Texas high school football teams in week one. With another 62 points against King, RFHS remains the highest scoring 11-man Texas high school football team through the first two weeks of the season.
After scoring nine touchdowns (TD) against King, RFHS Head Football Coach Jay Seibert said a second year in the same system has helped his returning players see success in the first two weeks of the season.
“We have a bunch of kids returning from last year and they’re running a system they know and comfortable with,” said J. Seibert.
Seibert also said the athleticism of his offensive line has been very beneficial to his skill position players.
“We have an athletic offensive line. They’re not huge, but they’re athletic,” J. Seibert said.
The defense was unable to post another shutout against King, but adjusted well at the half. King scored 18 points in the first half, but held to only six points in the second.
“Obviously we gave up a few big plays, but for the most part they still played physical and got after it. I thought we were the more physical team versus (King’s) offense,” said J. Seibert.
In the first quarter, the RFHS offense took the field first and got on the board quickly on a 54-yard TD pass from Ace Seibert to John Chupe. Chupe raced down the sideline to put RFHS up 7-0 just over a minute into the game.
King answered quickly in their first possession with a deep pass to set them up inside the Pirates 5-yard line. The Mustangs scored on the next play but missed the extra point to trail 7-6.
In RFHS’ next possession, Chupe gave a quick answer to King’s score with a long, 73-yard rushing TD to put the Pirates lead at 14-6.
King was forced to punt in the next series and turned into a short field for RFHS after the punt was partially blocked by Payton McAlister.
On the next play for RFHS, A. Seibert hit Jordan Gibson on a short slant route that turned into a 42-yard catch and run for a score. RFHS led 21-6 with 7:40 left in the quarter.
After a fourth down stop by McAlister and Joe Moreno on defense, Chupe scored shortly after on a 41-yard TD to put RFHS ahead 28-6.
The Pirates defense forced a turnover in the next drive after a ball tipped by Mathew Vasquez fell into the hands of Phillip Krupa. However, the RFHS offense, backed up by penalties, was forced to punt. It was RFHS first punt of the season.
In the second quarter, King opened with a 66-yard TD pass after the Pirates punt. A missed extra point put the score at 28-12.
The Pirates ripped off another big TD in their next possession on a 53-yard run up the middle by Luke Muirhead. The TD put RFHS up 35-12 with 7:19 left.
The Pirate defense forced another turnover. Nate Blanford picked off a tipped pass in the middle of the field. However, the Pirate offense stalled again due to penalties and tried for a 45-yard field goal. The kick was no good.
King put together a scoring drive in the final four minutes and scored just before the half on a short TD pass with 1:03 remaining. The extra point was no good, leaving the score at 35-18.
Chupe returned the ensuing kickoff just past the 50-yard line to put RFHS in scoring position. He then scored on a 53-yard TD up the middle with 21 seconds remaining. RFHS missed the 2-point try, leaving the score at 41-18.
King kneeled to end the half.
In the third quarter, King received the kickoff and was quickly forced to punt on 4th and 26.
RFHS led a long drive downfield and eventually finished with a score by A. Seibert. Muirhead caught A. Seibert’s 7-yard TD pass with 5:18 remaining. It was A. Seibert’s third of the night to put RFHS up 48-18.
King punted in their next drive and led to another big score by RFHS. Devan Phillips gashed the King defense up the middle for a 55-yard TD to put RFHS up 55-18 with 2:21 remaining.
King quickly answered with a 58-yard TD pass with 1:54 remaining. McAlister blocked the extra point.
The third quarter ended with RFHS up 55-24.
Chupe was relieved just before the end of the third quarter. He finished with 347 all-purpose yards and four TD’s.
In the fourth quarter, RFHS kept King at bay with another rushing TD by David Chittarath to put the score at 62-24. The RFHS defense ended the night with a fourth down stop. McAlister registered his third sack on the play and ended the game.
On offense, A. Seibert was 12-19 passing for 191 yards and three TD’s.
Chupe was 9-234 yards rushing with three TD’s and 2-68 yards receiving with one TD.
Phillips was 9-101 yards rushing with one TD and 1-14 yards receiving.
Muirhead was 5-64 yards rushing with one TD and 3-25 yards receiving with one TD.
Gibson was 1-42 yards receiving with one TD.
Chittarath added one rushing TD.
On defense, McAlister led the team in tackles with 10. He also recorded three sacks, blocked punt, and a blocked kick. Joe Moreno recorded nine tackles. Luis Aguilar recorded eight tackles, three for a loss. Krupa and Blanford each recorded an interception.
The Pirates will try to remain the highest scoring 11-man football team in the state in their home matchup with Tuloso-Midway Friday, Sept. 10.