Rock­ets blast past Buf­faloes, fin­ish un­de­feated

San Antonio Express-News - - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL - By Jeff B. Flinn jflinn@ex­

The Jud­son Rock­ets put a stamp on an un­de­feated sea­son, spot­ting the Cle­mens Buf­faloes an early touch­down be­fore roar­ing back with seven unan­swered scores for a 49-7 blowout win Fri­day at D.W. Rut­ledge Sta­dium.

The Rock­ets used a smoth­er­ing de­fense and a pair of elu­sive run­ners to turn a 7-7 first-quar­ter tie into a com­fort­able 28-7 half­time lead. The Rock­ets held Cle­mens to 2 yards in the sec­ond quar­ter while its of­fense went for 207 yards with scor­ing drives of 66, 57 and 62 yards.

“(De­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor) Thomas Sit­ton is the best in the busi­ness,” Jud­son coach Sean McAuliffe said. “We were for­tu­nate enough to get him a cou­ple years ago, the guy’s won a state cham­pi­onship as a head coach.”

Af­ter Cle­mens run­ning back Jaray Pat­ter­son broke a short Max Didomenico pass for a 55-yard touch­down catch-and-run, the Rock­ets (9-0, 7-0 in Dist. 26-6A) pulled even mid­way through the quar­ter when quar­ter­back Mike Chan­dler ran in from 5 yards out for the 7-7 tie. The Rock­ets went 66 yards in seven plays on the first pos­ses­sion of the sec­ond quar­ter. Chan­dler scram­bled 18 yards on a third-and-four from the 49 yard line, set­ting up a 12-yard TD run by Sin­cere Mc­Cormick.

The Rock­ets then made Cle­mens pay for their mis­takes to pull away. Kenyon Mor­gan in­ter­cepted a Didomenico pass near mid­field, and Chan­dler hit Antony Shel­ton on a 48-yard strike that set up Mc­Cormick’s sec­ond TD run, from 7 yards out and the 21-7 lead.

. A Mc­Cormick 22-yard run was fol­lowed by a Chan­dler 23-yard TD pass to a wide open Mc­Cormick at the 10, with no Cle­mens de­fense within 510 yards of him. The Rock­ets scored all three touch­downs in drives of 2:02, 0:58 and 1:05.

Mc­Cormick fin­ished with 141 yards on 16 car­ries and three TDs, two run­ning and one re­ceiv­ing. Chan­dler fin­ished 9-of-15 for 166 yards and two touch­down passes, while run­ning for 124 yards on 18 car­ries and two more TDs.

“De­fen­sively, there are 10 of them that are se­niors .... It’s a spe­cial group of kids, it’s as close a group a kids as we’ve had here,” McAuliffe said. “The sky’s the limit for them, as long as they keep do­ing what they’re do­ing, each and ev­ery week.”

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