Takeaway Tigers

Sealy defense forces three fumbles to return to win column

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Coming off a three-hour bus ride, the Sealy Tigers got out to an early lead over the Somerset Bulldogs last Friday and never looked back to emphatically enter the win column by a 45-6 margin.

The Sealy defense forced three turnovers and the special teams blocked a punt and point-after try as well as converted a fake punt to earn the win in all three phases of the game.

The host Bulldogs were playing their first game of the season after delays due to the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on the San Antonio area. Somerset quarterback Koal Detmer operated the pro-style offense with personnel that got the Tigers’ defensive front plenty of work, said head coach Shane Mobley.

“Clayton Prazak and Brooks Redden had really good games. We’ve still got some pieces that we're moving around and Brooks moved to the interior and played more of a four-eye technique than he did the three technique, so he was really aggressive that was really good seeing him get down inside,” Mobley said. “Callen Rabius played Mike linebacker; we stayed more in a four front when they had a lot more tight ends throughout the night, so our defensive front got a lot more work and got a lot more conditioning in.”

This week, it will be a shorter trip to Stafford to face an 0-3 Spartan team that most recently fell 50-29 to Bellville but was in the game because of their sophomore quarterback Brayden Batiste. His 213 throwing yards and two scores helped tie the game at 29 in the third quarter but the Brahma defense finished the job and kept them off the board.

“As we go through practice this week, we've just got to get better and better and grow and start trusting each other more, learning more about each other and the boys understand that. We just want to make sure that we get better this week and get ready for Stafford because we know that they'll get better,” Mobley said. “We’ll get ready for a lot more speed, different looks by them from what we saw last week and that's just going to help us get ready for district, and that's the main thing right now is everybody's getting ready for district.”

Sealy will have one more non-district contest next week at home against Bay City then will have an open week before the district season begins in Brookshire against the Royal Falcons on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.

In his second start for the Tigers, sophomore quarterback D’vonne Hmielewski finished 9-of-14 passing for 180 yards with seven of them finding senior Draper Parker for 139 yards and the one score. Hmielewski led the ground attack with 68 rushing yards and Alvin Nunn was next with 35 yards. Parker was behind him with his 31 rushing yards and touchdown. Haden Wernecke had a 25-yard rushing score and A’vonte Nunn finished with 23 rushing yards and a score.

“(Hmielewski is) settling in and he's got a comfort zone. The more varsity games he plays, the more he's going to understand the speed of the game and how things operate,” Mobley said. “Draper had two big catches and he was very well covered. That was a huge catch, and for him getting in the endzone and making some big plays again, it's just getting back into that rhythm and back into that zone of becoming those playmakers.”

The Sealy defense was full of playmakers as well. Lane Holley led the way with six tackles, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, Tyler Hennessey was right behind him with five tackles, Connor Krenek recorded four tackles, and a host of Tiger defenders tallied three tackles: Rhys Reichardt, Gage Grigar, Mason Klotz, Chris Price and Ricky Avila.

To add the cherry on top of a winning performance, the Sealy special teams got the job done with a pair of blocks and a fourth-down conversion and Mobley credited Chase Janczak who took over coaching the special teams fulltime this season.

“We spend a lot of time working a lot of basics during the periods when we work so it's good to see the kids when they're coming off the edge and they're going to block a punt, they have their hands in the air and they’ve got their hands together, doing the little things,” Mobley said. “Getting down the field, securing tackles and trying to not let anything big happen. He's got all the coaching assignments and they're all working drills and the kids have bought into that aspect of it, which is huge.”

Game ticket information

With a 50% capacity limit instituted by the University Interscholastic League, general admission tickets for the Sept. 25 home game against Bay City will be raffled off at the end of this week for next week’s home game.

“General public may send emails to footballtickets@sealyisd.com to be entered in random drawing for next week’s home game,” a release from Sealy ISD Athletics says. “Winners will be emailed on Wednesday afternoon and will be sent information on ticket pickup Thursday evening. Winner may purchase two tickets.”

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