Scary moment

Ryan Wells runs in between a couple of Oso defenders as one illegally grabs his facemask and pulls the front of his helmet around to his right ear. The Oso defender was charged a personal foul on the play. Remarkably, Wells only sustained a busted nose and went back into the game during the Pirates next offensive series with gauzes stuffed up his nose to stop the bleeding.

The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate football team executed on the ground and through the air in its 42-7 blowout over the West Oso Bears Friday, Oct. 18 in West Oso.

RFHS moves to 2-0 in district play and remains tied for first place in District 15-4A Div. II with Orange Grove. The Pirates overall record moves to 4-3.

The Pirates were lights out against the Bears on both sides of the ball. The Pirate offense moved the ball for more than 400 yards while the Pirate defense allowed only seven points and a combined 172 yards.

In the first quarter, Oso received the ball and moved downfield but were forced to punt near midfield.

The Pirates answered in the second play of the following drive with an explosive 71-yard touchdown (TD) run by John Chupe for a 7-0 lead.

Oso then took a lengthy drive into the redzone. Being held to fourth down, Oso went for the TD but failed to convert and turned the ball back over to the Pirates.

In the second quarter, RFHS moved downfield after a big fourth down conversion by Garrett Loudermilk. Cass Flores then completed a 31-yard pass to Cade Leal to put RFHS inside the redzone. Flores connected with Leal again for a 7-yard TD pass to make it 14-0.

Oso punted again after a big hit by George Marable forced a third and long.

RFHS caught Oso looking in the backfield again in its next series and hit big on a 44-yd TD pass by Flores to Leal.

With RFHS up 21-0, Oso moved downfield in the final two minutes of the second quarter and scored to make it 21-7 at the half.

In the third quarter, RFHS received and exposed Oso again through the air. Coming up just shy of another pass TD, Flores went deep to Leal once more and put RFHS at the 2-yard line. Loudermilk finished with a TD run to put it at 28-7.

After another fourth down stop by the Pirate defense, RFHS also failed to convert on fourth and punted back to Oso.

In Oso’s next series, the Bears were driven back to their own goal line by a combination sack and fumble by Nathan Cason and Brandon Kilough. Cason dragged the Oso quarterback down and in the motion of throwing, Kilough knocked the ball out for a fumble. The ball rolled out of bounds and pinned Oso deep, forcing a punt.

To end the third quarter, Loudermilk took off on a big run and put RFHS inside the five.

Ryan Wells finished the drive on a 3-yard TD run to start the fourth quarter 35-7.

Oso, desperate to catch up, looked to go deep in its next series. On a pass deep down the home sideline, Clay Williams elevated for an interception to inevitably do in Oso.

The Pirates took over the rest of the game with contributions made by numerous second string players on offense and defense.

Gavin Mayfield and Luke Muirhead ran for big gains to put RFHS inside the five. Muirhead punched in the last TD of the game from a yard out.

With mostly backups in on defense for RFHS, Oso struggled to advance the ball and could not get anything going as time expired.

Loudermilk led RFHS in rushing with 146 yards and one TD. Chupe rushed for 96 yards and one TD.

Wells and Muirhead also ran for one TD.

Flores was 4-5 for 103 yards and two TD’s.

Leal caught all four completions from Flores for 103 yards and two TD’s.

RFHS will host Ingleside during homecoming week in its next game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25

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