Tigers ground Eagles for first win of year
SAN ANTONIO -- After a narrow heartbreaking loss at home to start the season, the Floresville Tiger varsity football team hit the road last week to take on the Brackenridge Eagles. Brack was coming off a big 63-0 win in its first game, but the Tigers rose to the occasion. Floresville scored first and last, finding its way to the winning side of a 26-21 decision on the road.
The Tigers struck first at the 8:51 mark of the first quarter, as senior running back Gilbert Ortiz beat the Brackenridge defense across the goal line from 25 yards out. The point-after attempt failed, but Floresville was on the scoreboard first and led 6-0.
With time running out in the first, Brackenridge tied the game with a touchdown run of its own. The Eagles then kicked the extra point, and took a 7-6 lead over the Tigers. Floresville came right back, though, and Ortiz scored his second touchdown of the game with a 3-yard scamper into the end zone. Aaron Balles booted the extra point, and the Tigers led once again, 13-7.
The second quarter ended much like the first, as Brack closed in on the end zone. With 22 seconds remaining in the half, Ramon Richards ran it in for the Eagles, scoring his second touchdown of the game, once again tying things up. The extra point was good for Brackenridge, though, and the Eagles led the Tigers by a point at the break, 14-13.
The back-and-forth play continued into the second half, and Floresville scored its third touchdown of the game through the air, as sophomore quarterback Koby Wilkerson connected with senior tight end Zach Frantz for 17 yards and a touchdown. The kick was good, and the Tigers went back on top, 20-14.
As one might have expected by now, the Eagles responded to the Tiger touchdown with another of their own. With 2:15 remaining in the third, Richards scored his third touchdown of the game with a 22-yard run into the end zone. The extra point once again gave the Eagles a 1-point lead at 21-20, and it was looking like the missed opportunity may end up hurting the Tigers.
Floresville kept fighting, though, and the Tigers drove deep into Eagle territory. Wilkerson then found senior Kyle Bippert open for 6 yards and a touchdown, giving Floresville a 26-21 advantage. The point-after attempt was no good, and the difference stood at 5 points with 6:30 remaining on the game clock. The Tiger defense took the field and did what it needed to, holding the Eagles out of the end zone, and helping deliver the team’s first win of the young 2013 season.
Wilkerson completed three of six passing attempts for 41 yards and two touchdowns, while splitting time at quarterback with senior Mason Ray. Ray completed three of nine passes for 32 yards. Mark Livesay was the Tigers’ leading receiver on the night with two catches for 26 yards, while Vernon Marsh pulled in two more for 24 yards. Frantz and Bippert had the other two receptions for touchdowns.
Ortiz was the Tigers’ workhorse of the night, running the ball 22 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Wilkerson ran 11 times for 50 yards, and fellow sophomore Bradley Bunn had two carries for 37 yards. Bippert ran for 20 yards, and senior Travis Morales picked up 13 yards on seven carries.
The Tiger defense held Brack to less than 300 total yards, a great effort against the team that put up more than 400 yards the week before.
At 1-1 on the year, the Tigers will now enjoy a bye week before returning to competition Friday, Sept. 20, when they will host Lanier at Eschenburg Field for Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.