The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate football team rushed for more than 300 yards against the Goliad Tigers in a 27-13 victory Friday, Sept. 20 in Goliad.
RFHS’ overall record moves to 2-2. The team will play its final non-district game this Friday.
On Homecoming night for Goliad, the Pirate offense moved the ball for a combined 393 yards while RFHS’ defense held Goliad to 122 yards.
“We executed some good drives,” said RFHS Head Football Coach Jay Seibert. “We scored four touchdowns and we played excellent defense all night.”
RFHS opened with a first drive touchdown (TD) after a long return by Joe Franks and rushes by Garrett Loudermilk and John Chupe. Ty Klender scored on an eight yard TD run to put RFHS up 7-0.
Goliad fumbled in its next possession after a gang of Pirates careened on a loose ball. However, RFHS failed to get anything going off the turnover and punted.
Goliad scored on its next drive after a personal foul call on RFHS moved the ball inside the red zone. The Tigers scored on a short run to tie it 7-7.
With 58 seconds left in the first quarter, RFHS answered in the next drive on big a 52-yard TD run by Loudermilk. After a failed try for two, RFHS led 13-7.
In the second quarter, a sack by Phillip Krupa helped force a Goliad punt. RFHS also punted soon after.
Big stops by Brandon Kilough and Krupa forced Goliad to give it right back to RFHS with 3:00 left.
With 48 seconds left in the half, Loudermilk rolled right and passed to Wells in the flat and took it for a 33-yard score down the sideline. A missed extra point put the score at 19-7.
Goliad tried to answer back with seconds left but a pass break-up (PBU) by Sam Cheaney ended the half.
In the third, Goliad opened with a three-and-out and on the attempted punt, Kilough blocked the kick and set up RFHS with a short field.
Despite a deep pass to Wells down the sideline, RFHS lost the ball in Goliad territory on a fumble.
The RFHS defense came up with another stop after a sack by Krupa forced a punt.
RFHS punted soon after but stops in the backfield by Payton McAlister and Kilough gave the ball back RFHS to start the fourth quarter.
RFHS punted again to open the fourth but a PBU by George Marable gave the ball right back to the offense, forcing a three-and-out.
“The defense played great. Every time I looked up we were knocking the snot out of them (Goliad), said Seibert.
The Pirates then went on a time chewing drive using the ground game. They eventually punted, however Klender’s punt was partially blocked and gave Goliad a short field to score a TD on to put the score 19-13 with 3:01 remaining.
In RFHS’ next possession, Loudermilk broke a long, game sealing TD run for 50 yards. Loudermilk then powered in for two more points to give RFHS a 27-13 lead to win the game.
“Loudermilk ran great. You get him in space and he’s hard to take down,” said Seibert. “He made some good plays tonight.”
Loudermilk finished 6-10 passing for 90 yards and one TD. He ran for 223 yards and two TD’s.
Klender, Wells, and Chupe ran for 27 yards each.
Wells had three receptions for 63 yards and one TD.
Chris Darnold tallied 11 tackles. Nathan Cason and McAlister finished with 10 tackles each.
Seibert was happy with his teams’ performance but stressed that the offense is still a work-in-progress.
“We still have a ways to go. We’re still not sharp,” said Seibert. “We’re a young offense with a lot of new guys and we’re growing and every week we’re getting a tad better.”
RFHS will play at La Vernia this week and have a bye before the district opener against Sinton.
RFHS’ next game is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at La Vernia.
“La Vernia’s always tough for us. They got big kids and they’re bigger than us so it’s always a challenge,” said Seibert. “We’re going to try and spoil another homecoming.”