With four lead changes in just over four minutes, the Sealy Tigers and Navasota Rattlers had sparks flying that looked like it could turn into a full-on offensive explosion.
Navasota, however, delivered the final blow in the stretch to close the first-half scoring and added the opening score of the second half to build up its lead that eventually finished at 33-28 to move to 2-0 on the season.
It was Sealy’s first action of the season after the original season-opening game against Brazosport was canceled due to weather. That cancellation led Tiger head football coach Shane Mobley to fill a previously open Week 3 with a trip to the San Antonio area to square off with a Somerset Bulldog squad that will be playing its season opener this Friday as a role reversal of Sealy’s opener.
“Besides the scrimmage, this is the first time we’ve seen these boys,” Mobley told the Sealy Tiger Sports Network in a postgame interview. “There was no spring ball, so this was a great showing for our kids overall and now we’ll have week two next week and maybe we’ll have the upper hand coming into the game kind of like Navasota did tonight just knowing expectations.”
Those renewed expectations will be reflected in the leadup to the next game but the head coach looked forward to getting back to work on the practice field.
“They got a taste of competition, now it’s let’s fight harder in practice, fight harder for what we need to do a little better to figure out what we need,” Mobley said. “The great thing is I think this is a group of young men that is not close to peaking. If we maintain a (mentality) that we will get better and better each week then it’s going to be fun to see the growth.”
Offensive coordinator Chris Carruthers looked forward to getting sophomore quarterback D’vonne Hmielewski more settled in the offensive scheme despite an impressive varsity debut against the Rattlers. Hmielewski recorded 250 total yards with 115 rushing yards to go along with 135 yards on 11-of-26 passing with one touchdown and interception each.
“It’s all a comfort thing with the offense,” Carruthers said. “Thursday night to Friday night there’s a lot more on your plate. Plays are a little different with added elements that puts a lot on the quarterback and then you have to do it fast and then they’re better, it’s not like they have an outside linebacker that’s terrible.”
Senior Alvin Nunn carried the ground attack against Navasota with 120 yards and three scores while classmate Jakobe Davis led the aerial assault by hauling in the passing score as part of a three-catch, 59-yard performance. Senior Draper Parker also had three catches for 28 yards and classmate Conner Krenek caught two passes for 29 yards.
Tyler Hennessey led the Tiger defense with nine tackles, followed by Clayton Prazak and Thomas Clark who had eight tackles each. Lane Holley collected six tackles and Mason Klotz and Brooks Redden recorded five each.
Last year, the Somerset Bulldogs finished 3-7 overall and 1-6 in District 15-5A-D2 by scoring an average of 20.3 points per game and allowing 37.1. The year prior they were bi-district finalists after going 4-3 in district.
Following the biennial realignment of the University Interscholastic League this winter, Somerset dropped down to District 14-4A-D1 with an enrollment of 1,160 and will battle Boerne, La Vernia, Uvalde and Pleasanton for the four playoff spots. “Dave Campbell’s Texas Football” picked the Bulldogs to finish fourth in the district behind 12 returning starters, six each on offense and defense.