It took seven years and seven touchdowns, but Stony Point finally came out on top against Round Rock. The Tigers rallied twice from 14-point deficits, rolling up 591 yards of offense to outlast the Dragons 52-48 while spoiling their District 13-6A opener and their homecoming game at Dragon Stadium.
The offensive explosion featured several standout performances. Ryan O’Keefe, in his first start at quarterback for Round Rock, ran for 214 yards and four touchdowns and threw for another 63 yards. Stony Point countered with a balanced attack led by 283 yards passing from Zach Rangel and 308 yards on the ground.
Trailing 35-28 at halftime, the Tigers opened the third quarter with a fumble, which Ty Gordy recovered for the Dragons at the Stony Point 13 yard line. O’Keefe scored his fourth touchdown on the next play to push the lead to 42-28.
Stony Point (2-3, 1-0) responded with a slant pass from Rangel to Kendall Thomas, which went the distance for an 82-yard touchdown. Ross Hinds added a 28-yard field goal to pull the Tigers within 42-38 at the end of three quarters.
On the next drive, O’Keefe led his team to the 1-yard line but left the game with an injury, joining Malik Pena as walking wounded in the Dragons’ backfield. Jordan Smart came in at quarterback, and Marquis Brown finished off the drive from a yard out for a 48-38 lead with 7 minutes, 40 seconds remaining.
The Tigers drove 82 yards in under a minute, with Donovan Rybachek’s 24-yard keeper, Thomas’ 17-yard gain and a 15-yard face mask against the Dragons (0-5, 0-1) leading up to a 27-yard touchdown toss from Rangel to Treshon Pickett. Stony Point then took its first and only lead of the game when Tyler O’Bannon rolled around right end for a 53-yard touchdown with 4:05 to go. Round Rock had a final chance to drive for the winning score but lost its only fumble of the game, which was recovered by Keilin Bishop at the Dragons’ 44 yard line with 30 seconds left to secure the Tigers’ first win in the series since 2010.
The teams traded touchdowns in the first quarter. Brown had a 35-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-three, but the Tigers answered immediately, sparked by Zach Rangel’s 40-yard toss to Pickett to set up Rybachek’s 3-yard score.
Round Rock pulled ahead in the second quarter starting with Miller’s 60-yard punt down to the Tigers 3, which set up a short punt and return for Round Rock at the Stony Point 20. O’Keefe scored on a keeper on the next play. The Tigers fumbled the ensuing kickoff, leading to Brown scoring from 4 yards out for a 28-14 lead with 9 minutes left before halftime. A 52-yard scoring strike from Rangel to Daelen Loyden cut the lead in half, and the Tigers’ next drive ended with a 9-yard score from Rangel to Trae Edwards for a 28-28 tie 5 minutes before halftime. The Dragons drove 68 yards on their next possession, culminating in O’Keefe’s keeper from a yard out, to take a 35-28 lead into the locker room.