Miles Drops Hard Fought Game to Rocksprings
MILES, TX-- The Rocksprings Angoras took the win right out of the paws of the Miles Bulldogs in a close 28-21 victory at Miles High School on Friday night (see LIVE! Stream report). Out of the gate, these teams were ready to run as both teams operated an option-style offense.
The scoring began in the first quarter when junior quarterback Jared Flores aired it out to Mason Bryan for a 25 yard pass to set up Miles at the Rocksprings 14 yard-line. Jonas Garcia swung out to the left side and rushed to the end zone for a Miles touchdown giving them a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Rocksprings did not let the quarter end without tending to that first Bulldog bite. Jonathan Reyna let a 30 yard bomb to Diego Viera who was brought down two short of the goal line. Diego Perez was eager to get the next hand off and punch it in for six for the Angoras. The score was tied 7-7 after a good extra-point with 15 seconds left in the first quarter.
Not ready to wait till the end, Miles punched it in from the two yard line with 8:05 left in the second quarter to put the Bulldogs up 14-7.
The Angoras began to climb again as Daniel Vasquez secured a short pass from Reyna and rushed five more yards to steal the Bulldogs bone. With 3:14 left in the half, the score was all tied up 14-14.
To close out the half, Rocksprings’ defensive back Paco Ramirez made a good read and intercepted a pass by Flores.
With the third quarter winding down, Kuail Kraatz took it among himself to lift his team up. Kraatz got the hand off and exploded to the left edge where he nudged his way to the promised land with 4:33 ticking down in the third. The score then sat at 21-14 Miles up. Kraatz was an active player in tonight's matchup. Kraatz found a split to expose if there was one, and if not he made his own by power through or hurdling over the defense. He also was a monster on defense swatting down balls to prevent advances by the Rocksprings offense.
Feeling the pressure, Reyna shot off a 40 yard cannon to Viera who got under it and ran 35 yards to silence the growling bulldogs. Miles and Rockspring, were neck and neck once again at 21-21 with 3:49 left in the third quarter.
Midway through the fourth quarter the Rocksprings Angoras leapt into the lead for the last time. Diego Perez shoved his way up the middle from the two yard line with the help of his teammates bringing the score to 27-21 with 8:31 left in the game. Those would be the final points awarded of the night, leaving the Angoras victorious atop the Bulldogs.
For Rocksprings; Paco Ramirez and Jace Hendley both picked up interceptions tonight off of Flores. Christian Montoya had his hands on the ball often for Rocksprings as well with many carries to keep the momentum going.
Miles showed surprise with their attempt at an onside kick in the second quarter, though unsuccessful they were showing their desire to not give up the ball. Also they were eager to take risks on fourth down that proved to be successful.
Looking back on the game, Coach Chad Currie had very positive words to say as well as an optimistic outlook for the rest of the season.
“I’m proud of how we fought,” Coach Currie said. “I’m proud of how we played for four quarters.” Currie was also sure there were just a few things to tune up before their game next week, saying “our preparation during the week has gotta be sharper, gotta be crisp”.