AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN:  Sacks, special teams play highlight Round Rock’s decisive win over Stony Point

AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN: Sacks, special teams play highlight Round Rock’s decisive win over Stony Point

By Bob Brinkman / American-Statesman Correspondent

Posted Nov 6, 2020 at 12:01 AM Updated Nov 6, 2020 at 11:11 PM

ROUND ROCK — Round Rock capitalized on Stony Point special teams woes for three of their four first-half touchdowns and rolled on to a 45-6 district victory and homecoming win. A snap over the punter’s head, a fumbled punt return and a missed field goal by the Tigers were all answered with touchdowns by the Dragons, who turned a tense 7-6 first quarter score into a more comfortable three-touchdown halftime cushion. The Dragons defense frustrated Stony Point most of the night, notching six sacks plus another eight runs and two passes netting no gain or a loss.

Round Rock running back Israel Morgan tallied 96 yards and three touchdowns by halftime, finishing with 101 yards and four scores. Quarterback Seth Ford three for one score and ran for another. The Tigers’ Cameron Cook rushed for 130 yards in the first half and finished with a game-high 143 on the ground and the Tigers’ only score through the air.

Stony Point (1-3, 0-3 District 25-6A) stonewalled the Dragons’ first possession, taking over on downs at the Tigers 41 after lineman Alonzo Brand ran down Ford on fourth-and-6. But the Tigers could not advance, and the punt snap sailed high, with Dragons Travien Brown and Parker Kuhn smothering Isaiah Garcia and the ball at the Tigers 10. Morgan went off right tackle for his first touchdown midway through the first quarter. Stony Point answered with a 75-yard drive, converting three third downs along the way. The big play was a successful third-and-16, when Cook ran a draw, broke through tackles just short of the needed yardage, and continued down the left sideline for a 60-yard gain to the Dragons 10. On third and goal Skylar Hausenfluck beat a blitz with a screen pass to Cook for an eight-yard touchdown. A missed extra point left the Tigers trailing 7-6.

The Stony Point defense forced Round Rock (5-2, 3-1) to punt, but Kai Jones mishandled the ball and Round Rock’s Jalen Gilbert recovered the fumble at the Stony Point 18. Two plays later Morgan again scored from ten yards out for a 14-6 score after one quarter.

A long Tigers drive to open the second quarter stalled at the Round Rock 8, but Adan Gallardo’s field goal try sailed wide left. Two snaps later, Ford hit a streaking Keyon Johnson in stride on a quick slant, and Johnson zipped through an opening in the defense to complete a 68-yard scoring play. Travien Brown, who finished with 3.5 sacks, notched back-to-back takedowns on the Tigers’ next possession to force a punt, and from their own 44 the Dragons scored again, with Morgan cashing in from 27 yards out for a 28-6 halftime advantage.

Round Rock scored touchdowns on their two third quarter drives, the first by Morgan rushing in from four yards out, and the second an 80-yard drive culminating with Ford walking in on a six-yard keeper. Kicker Garrett Kalinowski, who booted all six extra points, added a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring.

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