The Sealy Tigers scored 21 points in both halves while allowing the host Sweeny Bulldogs to only score on a quarterback sneak in the second quarter to win their third district game, 42-7, and remain atop the District 12-4A-D2 standings with La Marque at 3-0.
Sealy sophomore quarterback D’vonne Hmielewski connected with Jakobe Davis (22 yards) and Connor Krenek (48 yards) in the first half where A’vonte Nunn also scored on the ground from six yards away. In the second half, Hmielewski added a 19-yard rushing score and hit Draper Parker for a 7-yard touchdown although he also threw an interception.
“We still made some mistakes we’ll need to fix but overall, I thought we played a good game,” Hmielewski said. “I’m getting more comfortable every week, getting better every week, practicing hard every week and we just gotta keep it going.”
Parker agreed that things are certainly coming together but there’s still more room for growth.
“We’re finally connecting, we’re piecing the puzzle together. We’re still not quite there but we’re close,” Parker said. “I just want to thank my teammates, mostly the offensive line they’ve picked it up through this whole season and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Callen Rabius provided the exclamation mark for the Tigers’ defensive performance with a 41-yard interception returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to complete the all-around performance that kept Sealy unbeaten in district play.
“I was dropping back and I saw a slant route that (Mason) Klotz was covering so Klotz tackled him and the ball came through, I grabbed it and then I start running and all I see is Connor (Krenek) and he gets a big block for me so shoutout to Connor right there,” Rabius said. “It was crazy because a few series later my buddy Gage (Grigar) got a pick too so we were all going crazy, I thought that was awesome.”
Tiger head football coach Shane Mobley said there were some points of familiarity going from a run-heavy offense in Bellville last week to another run-first option from Sweeny but it was the gang tackling that he said he was most proud of.
“The last couple of weeks we were getting there and building up on it and tonight we had some other guys that got in and different guys at different positions but with that being said, no matter who was in, there was 11 guys going to the ball,” Mobley said. “It’s a pride deal where we’re at the stage where Tyler Hennessey says, ‘Coach we need to do this, we need to make this adjustment,’ and they did come out in some stuff early on that we had to come and make some adjustments at halftime and basically we were just tying a couple of formations together. It didn’t matter who it was, everybody got after it when it was their turn.”
On the other side of the ball, offensive coordinator Chris Carruthers said that despite the botched snap their first play out, it was a good sight to see 21 points go on the board before the first half ended.
“We came out a little unfocused, the first play of the game we snapped the ball early, second play of the game could have been a touchdown but we didn’t make the throw and we kind of got antsy,” Carruthers said. “We just weren’t focused so we took them to the sideline and told them, ‘This is going to be a long night if we play like this,’ so it was good to see we threw 21 points on the board pretty quickly.”
By the end of the night, Hmielewski accounted for 233 passing yards on 14-of-21 passing and 67 yards rushing on 14 carries. A’vonte Nunn (36 yards on 9 carries), Alvin Nunn (33 yards on 7 carries) and Jakobe Davis (5 yards on 2 carries) supplemented the ground attack while Davis added 55 yards receiving on a pair of catches. Draper Parker led the receiving corps with 73 yards on six receptions, Connor Krenek added 56 yards on two catches and Graham Samonte caught two passes for 39 yards.
On the opposite side, Lane Holley led the Sealy defense with six tackles, Jackson Osborne had five tackles and a quartet of Tigers collected four tackles including Brooks Redden, Clayton Prazak, Thomas Clark and Tyler Hennessey. Chris Price and Jonathan Monterroza each added three tackles while Haden Wernecke, Rhys Reichardt and Mason Klotz recorded a pair of tackles.
For Sweeny, quarterback Trace Holmes finished 5-of-20 passing for 52 yards and two interceptions and added two yards rushing on seven carries including the 1-yard sneak. Running back Xavier Woods led the ground attack with 66 yards on 15 carries and Hogan Ashford contributed 38 yards rushing on eight carries. Chris Mack caught a 36-yard pass and Woods caught two passes for 20 yards. Treylan Austin had seven tackles, Tyler Shepard and Blaze Dabelgott had six tackles each and Cody Morris had five.
Sealy moves onto its final home contest of the year next week against the Wharton Tigers who fell, 17-12, to La Marque on Thursday night to drop to 0-3 in district play. In the other District 12 game Friday night, Bellville downed Royal, 67-0.