Story by Andy Quintana
The Jefferson Silver Foxes got a nice win Friday night beating Irvin 37-27 to open district play.
It was a tale of two halves though.
Irvin dominated the first half. Jefferson dominated the second half just a bit more.
The first half started with a Jefferson drive for a 5-yard run by Carlos Macias. Irvin though ended up scoring the next three touchdowns of the half.
The first score by the Rockets was off a 46-yard reception by Yeremiah Yhisreal on their second possession.
The Irvin defense was solid as Jose Mata had two sacks and the defense force two fumbles.
Irvin drove and scored off one of the fumbles off a Dominic Stiverson 1-yard touchdown run. The Rockets stopped the Foxes on downs and took over possession late in the second quarter. Irvin ended the quarter with another touchdown on Yhisreal’s second catch of the game (29 yards), taking a 21-7 lead into the half.
Jefferson came back on to the field with fire in their bellies and came out to show the Rockets that the game was far from over.
The running game kicked in and running back Arturo Rubio came out with big runs and rushed for a total of 170 yards on 19 carries along with a 34-yard touchdown run. The passing game really didn’t kick in too much, but quarterback Nathan Alcala assisted the running game by rushing for 51 yards on 13 carries, two rushes being for touchdowns.
The Silver Foxes could do no wrong in the second half, and the young Rockets really struggled.
There were penalty issues for a bit by Irvin and two badly snapped balls to the punter, one costing the Rockets a safety which also contributed to the change in momentum. The Silver Foxes Jonathan Vargas contributed on the defensive side of the ball with two fumble recoveries. One of those was run back for a 60 plus yard touchdown.
Jefferson outscored Irvin 30 to 6 and ended the game with their first district win.
The Rockets will look to bounce back next week as they visit El Paso High and the Silver Foxes host the Austin Panthers to attempt to continue their winning ways in district play.