Unlike the offensive firework shows we’ve grown used to in Vandegrift football this year, the JV Silver Viper’s road game against the Cibolo Steele Knights was a defensive scrum. No offensive touchdowns were scored until the fourth quarter.
The Knights received the opening kickoff, but soon fumbled into the alert hands of Viper linebacker Rhett Litzau #18 who, not missing a step, ran the return 40-yards for the Viper touchdown. Kicker Alvaro Barbosa #70 tacked on the 1-point conversion kick. The Vipers were up 7-0.
The score would be the same entering the fourth quarter, as neither team could mount a scoring offensive drive for most of this defensive standoff of a game.
In the third quarter, running back Cayden Bourque #28 found a crease off left tackle and raced 60-yards to the Knight 20-yard line. Then quarterback Tyler Hubbard #11 hit receiver Slater Swartwood #9 near the goal line. But the Vipers were called for offensive pass interference. The Vipers would not score on the drive. It was one of many penalties both teams would face in a game which featured more yellow flags than points.
Things were tight and tense midway through the fourth quarter, and the game could have gone either way. But Bourque found another left-side opening behind great blocking from linemen and receivers. Even though nursing a sore ankle, he outran the Steele defenders for a 38-yard touchdown.
Bourque’s TD sealed the game. But the real hero was the Viper defense, which held a quality football program to zero points in a long-distance road game.
Final score, Vipers 13, Knights 0.
Each week the boys get tougher. Next up, Westwood.
Written by Gary Bourque