1,000 yards times two

Ace Seibert hands off to John Chupe for a run up the middle. Seibert and Chupe each surpassed the 1,000-yard mark against Ingleside - Seibert in passing yardage, and Chupe in all-purpose yardage.

The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate football team picked up a key district victory over the previously undefeated Ingleside Mustangs 49-14 Friday, Oct. 15 during Homecoming.

The win puts RFHS at 6-1 overall with a district record of 3-1. The Pirates are now tied for second place with Ingleside and Port Isabel. Sinton remains in first with a 4-0 district record.

Ingleside put up a strong fight in the first 24 minutes with a halftime score of 28-14. However, RFHS scored three back-to-back-to-back touchdowns (TD) in the third quarter to put the nail in the coffin.

RFHS Head Football Coach Jay Seibert said the first half was a battle between two tough district teams that wanted it.

“It was going to take a pretty good fight by us to get them down,” said J. Seibert. “When you play an undefeated opponent, you’re playing a group of winners, and they don’t know how to lose. We told our boys all week, ‘It’s our job to go remind them what it feels like.’”

While Ingleside saw some first half success offensively with 14 points, the Pirate defense anchored down in the second half, allowing 0 points. The defense recovered four fumbles, one leading to a defensive TD by Rickey Franks, who ripped it out of the hands of an Ingleside ball carrier.

Ingleside also struggled to move the ball up the middle against nose tackle Luis Aguilar. Aguilar finished the game with 12 tackles, two sacks, and one fumble recovery. He credited the defense’s success to everyone knowing their role and doing their job.

“Our DB’s did their job, our defensive lineman did their job, and our linebackers did their job,” said Aguilar.

In the first quarter, both teams exchanged possessions due to turnovers. The Pirates threw an interception in their first drive, but Kalub Schmidt recovered a fumble with five minutes left in the quarter.

The Pirates got it going in the ensuing series with a big pitch and catch from Ace Seibert to Jordan Gibson to put RFHS at the 2-yard line. Devan Phillips punched it in for the first score to make it 7-0 with four minutes left.

One minute later, Franks scored on his strip-return TD from 55 yards out to make it 14-0.

“I hit him, saw that the ball was loose, just grabbed it and went on my way,” said Franks.

Ingleside scored in their next series with help from a long kickoff return to put them on the Pirates side of the field. The Mustangs scored on a short pass TD with 45 seconds left in the quarter to make it 14-7.

In the second quarter, RFHS scored again in the next series after battling back from a 1st and 35 due to penalties. The Pirates got out from behind the sticks with a big catch by Ean McPherson and run by A. Seibert to put them at the 2-yard line. Kaden Kennedy punched it in from two yards out to make it 21-7 with 9:15 remaining.

After a forced punt by the Pirate defense, Ingleside cashed in on another TD after an interception by their defense. The Mustangs scored on a short pass with 1:38 before the half.

A big kick return by Phillips set the Pirates up in Ingleside territory with more than a minute to spare. Phillips capped off the drive with a 4-yard TD run to end the half 28-14.

To start the third quarter, Ingleside received but was stopped by a blitzing Pirate defense on 4th and five. A minute later, John Chupe, after being contained all night, finally found a seam in the Mustang defense and sprinted down the sideline for a 75-yard TD run with 7:47 left.

Chupe’s run led to two more consecutive scoring drives.

After another Ingleside punt, A. Seibert connected with Phillips down the sideline for a 50-yard pass TD with 5:52 remaining.

Ingleside attempted to convert on fourth down the next series but failed after a bad snap sailed and was recovered by Aguilar with excellent field position. A. Seibert threw another TD pass to Phillips the next play, this time for 18-yards with 2:39 remaining.

From then on, a downpour ensued as a cold front moved into the Coastal Bend. Both offenses struggled to move the ball in the dense rain and fumbled multiple balls.

The score remained 49-14 until the final whistle.

During the game, A. Seibert and Chupe reached a milestone of 1,000 yards each through seven games.

A. Seibert has thrown for more than 1,000 yards, 1,093 total.

Chupe eclipsed 1,000 all-purpose yards, 854 rushing and 214 receiving yards.

Against Ingleside, A. Seibert was 5-10 passing with 126 yards, two TD’s and two interceptions.

Chupe led RFHS in rushing, going 12-145 yards and one TD.

Phillips was 12-53 yards rushing with two TD’s. He also caught two TD passes for 68 yards.

Kennedy was 7-49 yards rushing with one TD.

Gibson was 2-43 yards receiving.

Defensively, Joe Moreno led RFHS in tackles with 13.

Ayden Rangel had nine tackles.

Schmidt finished with eight tackles and recovered one fumble.

Franks finished with three tackles, two recovered fumbles, one defensive TD, and five pass breakups.

RFHS will be on the road the next two weeks at West Oso and Robstown. RFHS next game is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 at West Oso.

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