Last season, all three of Sealy’s youth football teams competing in the Colorado River Youth Football Coalition made it to the championship game of the season and all three faced off against the Columbus No. 2 team.
The Tigers came up on the short end in all three divisions and certainly hadn’t forgotten by the time the teams met again last Saturday in Columbus where Sealy turned the tables and swept the Cardinals.
The freshmen Tigers started the game by fumbling the opening kickoff and giving up a touchdown early in the first quarter. Despite the slow start, Sealy rallied and scored a touchdown on a jet sweep to Jaxton Lafrance, and then again with a quarterback sweep by Eden Jones on the last play of the first half.
The Tiger defense came out the second half and stopped the Cardinals on their opening drive and made them turn the ball over on downs. The offense then marched down the field with help from a long pass completion from Zack Baber to Aiden Dailey Page, along with runs by Baber, Dailey Page, Jones and Lafrance who scored another touchdown.
The defense did not allow a first down in the second half, with outstanding plays made by Carson Soto, Landen Cloud, Jaxon King, Cinch Conner, as well as by the players previously mentioned. The final score was 18-7, improving the freshmen record to 3-1.
Both the junior varsity and varsity squads remained unbeaten with 20-6 and 39-6 wins.
Columbus scored on its first possession off a reverse to put Sealy down 6-0 early. However, coaching adjustments helped the Tiger defense swarm to the ball and shut the Cardinals out the rest of the game.
Sealy’s ground attack proved to be too much for Columbus as A’marrion Kirby, DJ Hamilton and Dylan Hamilton combined for more than 300 yards rushing and three touchdowns, leading the Tigers to a 20-6 victory.
The offensive line enabled the Sealy run game to shine with some fine perimeter blocking provided by Christian Ponce and Pierce Burttschell. Defensive standouts who helped shut down the Cardinals in the second half included Dreyden White, Joel Gomez and Alex Gilbert.
Kane Killough (three touchdowns), Ivan Cadena (two touchdowns) and Isaiah Dukes-Self (one touchdown) provided the scoring for varsity, all crossing the goal line on running plays. Elijah Sanders, Javien Grant, Ryland Ponce and Garrett Prause all brought in receptions to balance the offensive attack.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers were led by Jadon Hernandez’ eight tackles and Dukes-Self's sack, caused fumble and recovery. Hunter Sodolak pulled down an interception and Nick Downey, Colton Gilbert and Abraham Barrera filled out the rest of the tackle sheet.