Tigers defuse Rockets
The Tiger defense puts pressure on Kennedy during their Nov. 2 game at Eschenburg Field. The Tigers held the Rockets to less than 200 total yards.
FLORESVILLE -- In a defensive battle that lasted four long quarters, the Floresville Tigers held on to an early 7-point lead last Friday night to secure the all-important District 29-4A win over the Kennedy Rockets.
The Tigers received the opening kickoff to get things going and wasted little time before scoring. Needing less than 30 seconds of the game clock, the Floresville offense made an opening in the Rocket defense and sophomore quarterback Koby Wilkerson sprinted 69 yards for a touchdown. Aaron Balles added the point-after kick, and the score stood at 7-0 with 11:34 left to play in the first quarter.
Unfortunately, those 7 points would prove to be the only score of the night for Floresville. The Tiger defense played an incredible game, though, holding Kennedy to less than 200 total yards, and preserving the win.
The Rockets ran the ball 39 times for 113 yards, an average of less than 3 yards per carry. They attempted to throw the ball a whopping 22 times, but only completed six passes and gave up one interception to the Tiger defense. They did pick up 83 yards through the air though, and managed 13 first downs on the night.
On the other side, Floresville’s offense had its share of struggles on the night, too. The Tigers ran 31 times for 169 yards, and completed 6 of 13 passes for another 50 paces. The Tigers fumbled the ball three times, though, giving one over to the Rockets. Between the two teams, there were nine punts on the night.
Wilkerson felt a great deal of pressure from the Kennedy defense throughout the night. While he did produce the big run for a touchdown, he was held to negative yardage on four additional carries. His completion percentage was a bit under his season average, and the Rocket pressure is surely to blame.
Alex Mermea picked up 50 yards on 15 carries, and Kyle Bippert added 44 paces on eight touches. Travis Morales ran the ball three times for 8 yards. Bippert caught two passes for 14 total yards, Aaron Laskowski caught two for 13 yards, and Bradley Bunn and Dillon Gaither each caught passes of 13 and 10 yards, respectively.
The win puts the Tigers at 7-2 on the season, and 5-1 in district play. Floresville will close out the regular season this Friday, Nov. 8, as the team travels to Southside to face the Cardinals. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.