Photo by Michael Montes/Story by Christian Molina
FORT STOCKTON, Texas – Coming into tonight’s matchup, Burges had planned to control the tempo. Run the ball, burn clock and hopefully be in it near the end. Turnovers early on dug Burges in a hole they could never get out of.
On of the first possession Burges would throw a interception, returned for a touchdown by Nehemiah Martinez of the Cooper Pirates.
Once again the Pirate defense would not allow Burges to establish much forcing a punt on the next series. Pinning Cooper inside the 2 yard seemed to flip the battle of field position but not for long. Nehemiah Martinez would lineup in the wildcat and break it free from the 2 and take it all the way back, a 98 yard sprint after breaking some tackles along the way.
On the third offense series for the Mustangs, a rhythm would be found. A well balanced attack of Robert Hall and Tavoris Jones would lead the way. Jones would score the only touchdown on the night for the Mustangs with less than a minute to go in the 1st quarter.
In the 2nd quarter Cooper would get into the end zone twice. Nehemiah Martinez would have another big run of 63 yards to the house after breaking some tackles. Martinez would finish with over 260 total yards, 4 touchdowns and one interception.
Less than two minutes later the Cooper defense would force another Interception, returned for a touchdown by Bryson Stevens. Things would quite down after the 9 minute mark before halftime.
The second half started with a bang as the Cooper Pirates had received the kickoff and ran a reverse mid return. Robert Mott would get the pitch from Martinez and would have a clean 90 yards in front of him to score. 15 seconds into the 2nd half and the Pirates extended their lead. Martinez would find the end zone once more before getting pulled from the game and letting the backups get reps. Kaleb Stripling would be the last kid to score on the night from one yard out.
Burges offense would struggle all night to finish long drives or to get any momentum. Tavoris Jones would be the brightest spot for the offense, racking up over 140 total yards and the one touchdown. Robert Hall had modest gains all night and was tough to bring down. The offense showed spurts of good football but couldn’t piece it all together in the run or passing schemes. The pressure from Cooper did not allow the passing game much time to develop or lanes wouldn’t open up for the runners.
The same went for the defense, they would show spurts of being able to stop the Pirates, but the depth of Cooper proved to be too much.
Burges finishes its season 9-3 and returns most of its key players next season.