The Tigers made their long-awaited return to T.J. Mills Stadium and left little doubt quick, holding a 22-0 advantage after the first ten minutes of play.
Despite being forced to punt on the opening drive; when Sealy got the ball back it came out with something a little different.
A double-reverse behind the line of scrimmage ended with the ball back in quarterback Garret Zaskoda’s hands and he made the connection to Ivan Bolden who beat his defender and raced the rest of the way to complete the 51-yard score.
On top of that, to earn the two-point conversion, it was sophomore receiver Draper Parker who threw to Clay Roberts in the corner of the end zone to grab an 8-0 lead in front of a home crowd that caught Head Coach Shane Mobley a bit by surprise.
“I didn’t really turn around and look until halftime when I was talking on the radio and I looked up in the bleachers all the way across and I said to myself, ‘This looks like a homecoming game,’” he noted.
“We had great attendance last year but I think for our first home game that’s one thing we will talk about tomorrow morning before weights is how much this community is starting to get behind us…I know there’s a lot of great coaches who coached here who would be very, very proud of this community,” he finished.
That collective group of fans got quite the show, not only from Ivan Bolden and the rest of the Tigers but also from the alumni of the Sealy High School Band, Twirlers and Tigerettes.
Some were as recent as the last handful of years and others hadn’t practiced in a handful of a handful of years. But it was certainly a memorable performance for those family members who were finally able to perform together on the field.
For the rest of the football game that was played, Bolden finished the game with 14 carries for 136 yards and a trio of scores on the ground including a 77-yard burner immediately following his receiving touchdown.
“When they called the play, I saw they were in a 4-1 [with a single linebacker] and I saw him motion away and I thought ‘it’s go time,’ and once I saw the green I was gone,” Bolden recalled.
However, despite all the points on the board early, Sealy’s offensive coordinator Chris Carruthers still wasn’t all too pleased with the production he had seen.
“We hit some big shots but we weren’t consistent in the first half,” he said. “We lucked out with some big plays and our defense gave us some short fields that we didn’t take advantage all the time so we need that killer instinct.”
On the other hand, the defense likely doesn’t need much emphasis on that killer instinct, turning down every big play from the Navasota Rattlers.
Before the visitors’ final drive where they finally found the end zone, no gain exceeded ten yards as Tigers were all over the field, breaking up long pass-attempts and disallowing even more by containing quarterback Zack Dyer in the backfield.
Dyer finished the game with five completions on 20 passing attempts for 18 yards and 20 yards rushing on nine tries.
La’Darrin Thomas took over signal-calling duties at the end of the game and completed one of his two passing attempts for a yard and racked up 64 rushing yards, most of which came on his 44-yard score with just over a minute and a half left to play.
The Tigers’ focus now shifts to the Waller Bulldogs who also came away from week two victorious at their own place over the Brenham Cubs, 28-21.