Tigers cage ‘Dogs

Sealy defense yields single digits, records two interceptions

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The Sealy Tiger defense stood tall on the road once again and allowed only a quarterback sneak in the second quarter to the host Sweeny Bulldogs and moved to 3-0 in district play with a 42-7 win last Friday.

Sealy scored 21 points in each half with the last touchdown coming from senior Callen Rabius who returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown to complete an all-around defensive effort that saw Sweeny gain only 188 total yards.

“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 facing back-to-back, run-heavy offenses from Bellville to 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.”

In four away games, Sealy has allowed no more than 10 points – holding Somerset (6), Royal (8) and Sweeny (7) to single digits – and may have to play for the No. 1 seed in district on the road in La Marque, who will play Bellville this Friday night. Mobley said the Tigers’ mentality heading into the final two weeks of the season is focused on the top spot.

“Tonight was a big win, and in all honesty – as a big Sealy pride deal – we want to win out,” Mobley said. “I was talking to the boys about how if we lose a game in district and Bellville wins out we could have the same record and seeding-wise we might go No. 1, but district championship-wise, we’d be splitting. So we talked about at our meeting yesterday that from now on, all we’re saying is ‘NS,’ not sharing. That’s the goal, we don’t want to share the district title. We want to be outright district champs.”

The winless Wharton Tigers come to town this Friday night, but the head coach said the game planning process will be the same as it has been the last three weeks since district started.

“We’re not going to take them lightly,” Mobley said of Wharton. “We’re taking every one of these games – like I just said a while ago on the radio – as coaches we’re going to game plan like we did for Bellville, like we did for Royal and just like we did for Sweeny because we don’t want to stub our toe whatsoever. I know Coach Butler over at Wharton he’s a great coach and a great man and I have full respect for him.”

Offensive coordinator Chris Carruthers will likely be looking for a better start than the bad snap and missed throw the Tigers started on last week but he said he was pleased to see 21 points go on the board quickly before halftime.

Sealy sophomore quarterback D’vonne Hmielewski connected with Jakobe Davis (22 yards) and Connor Krenek (52 yards) for first-half scores where A’vonte Nunn also crossed the goal line 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.”

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 nine carries), Alvin Nunn (33 yards on seven carries) and Jakobe Davis (five yards on two carries) supplemented the ground attack while Davis added 55 yards receiving on a pair of catches. Parker led the Tigers’ receiving corps with 73 yards on six receptions, Krenek added 56 yards on two catches and Graham Samonte caught two passes for 39 yards.

On defense, Lane Holley led Sealy 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.

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