The freshman white team traveled up I-35 in a matchup of UIL versus TAPPS in Austin. The private school Knights would dress their Junior Varsity team with freshman, sophomores and some juniors to play the freshman Rattlers. But the Rattlers won by a score of 18-6 behind a great defensive effort. The freshman white team has only allowed 27 points in four games for a less than 7 points per game average.
The matchup was unusual because very rarely does a Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools take on a school from the University Interscholastic League in football.
However, the defense led by the play of Will O’Brien, Aubrey Oswalt, Christian Zamarron, and Phillip Macahado took the game over and shut down the much larger Knights.
The White Rattlers would get on the board first as Macahado scored on a 9-yard run with 5:54 left in the opening quarter. The PAT run by Santiago Soto was no good. Both teams’ defenses played well and positive yardage was a premium in the battle in Austin.
Quarterback Adrian Narvaiz would catch a wide open Ed Suarez on a 43-yard touchdown slant pass. The PAT run by Macahado was stopped but the Rattlers extended their lead to 12-0 with 5:30 left until halftime.
Cole Gilmore would pull the Knights closer on a 15-yard run and they added the 2-point conversion for a 12-8 score. The Knights would gain possession and connect on a long pass but Armando Arzola would stop the play to end the first half.
The second half continued to be a game of smash mouth football on defense. O’Brien, Macahado, and Arzola played well on defense in the third and fourth quarters. Big runs by Gaige Musick and Phillip Macahado kept the Slot – T offense rolling for the Rattlers.
With only a four point spread in the score, Quarterback Adrian Narvaiz pass would be intercepted at the Knights 11-yard line by Matthew Tucker with 1:42 left in the third quarter. Narvaiz would injure his right hand and Oswalt would enter the game for the Rattlers.
Desperate for points the Knights would attempt a fake punt and they were stopped by a gang tackle by Oswalt, O’Brien, and Arzola. The Rattlers would drive the ball but Soto would be ruled out at the six inch line on a fourth and goal on a controversial call with 5:56 left in the game.
On the Knights second play of their next drive, Christian Zamarron would step in and intercept the ball to the 2-yard line. Oswalt would take a quarterback sneak in from the 2-yard line to ice the game 18-8.
White Rattlers Head Coach Michael Perez told his players postgame, “We held our opponents to only one score again.” Assistant Coach Joshua Dunn added, “We did a great job tonight, our players played well Christian Zamarron and Oswalt played well for us.”
Zamarron said,” It was good team effort, good team work; our offense went hard on them in the fourth quarter.”
The freshman white Rattlers return to action next week at Cibolo Steele. The win pushes the team to 3-1 on the season.
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