ANGLETON, Texas — The Angleton Wildcats took care of business on Friday night, downing District 27-5A rival Victoria West in a 30-7 rout at Wildcat Stadium on Friday night.
It took a while for the scoring to begin in this game, but once it did, it came quickly. After one and a half quarters of lights-out defense from both the Wildcats and the Warriors, Angleton flipped the switch and made it do or die time.
With 6:30 left in the second quarter, running back Corey Addison added a little spice to the game by capping off the drive with dodging, juke-induced 36-yard rushing score.
Less than five minutes later with 2:11 left in the first half, Angleton Seth Cosme went yard on a deep pass to hot target Cayden Hall for the 66-yard catch-and-go score to make it 14-0. Things would go from bad to worse for Victoria West when running back Tyvon Hardrick would fumble the ball just as time expired.
In the middle of the scrum, the ball popped out of nowhere and Wildcat defenders pounced on the ball. One defender scooped the pigskin and began to run and before getting tackled, he tossed it to a teammate who then continued the insanity of the Cal-Stanford 2.0 edition of Texas high school football. After two more pitches, Wildcat cornerback Peter Ifeduba had nothing but open field and finished the long, treacherous 30-yard fumble recovery/lateral play that would result in a touchdown and a 21-0 Wildcats lead at the half.
Angleton would go on to score another touchdown midway through the third quarter. Texas commit BJ Foster would tack on the last touchdown on a 2-yard dive up the middle to make it 28-0 with 6:08 left.
After a discouraging first half, it seemed as if Victoria West would shrivel up and pass on. They would not do so though, encapsulating a short drive late in the third quarter with a tremendous 40-yard receiving touchdown, courtesy of wideout Brandon Turner. This would be the Warriors only score of the game.
To cap the scoring, Victoria West defensive back Austin Rabalais intercepted an Angleton pass right at the goal line. Rather than attempting the nearly 100-yard touchdown return, Rabalais would instead kneel in the end zone for the touchback.
Only it wasn’t a touchback.
Little did Rabalais know that the interception took place on the 3-yard line, whereas he believed it was in the end zone. His loss of bearings and depth would result in an accidental safety, bringing the final score to 30-7.
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