Photo provided by Rob Parham.
The PeeWee Seminoles started off the 2016 campaign with a 25-12 victory over the Texas City Bengals on Saturday morning. Hayden LaFrenz got the scoring started with a 70-yard scamper to the end zone on the first play from scrimmage and the ‘Noles never looked back. The offense tallied over 200 yards on the ground behind a strong offensive line that was relentless in the trenches against the Bengals front seven. LaFrenz, Ayden Benavides and Lian Kiefer benefited from the push up front behind Cash Monson, Jaxson Maguire, Gage Trahan, Kason Edwards, Wyatt Nugent, Blake Johnson and Cody Hickman. Benavides, starting fullback for the ‘Noles, ran for two touchdowns on the day and also crossed the goal line on an extra point attempt.
On the other side of the ball, Defensive Coordinator Ryan Hickman had his unit primed and ready as the Bengals only scored on short fields and were never able to get anything going offensively. The ‘Noles stacked the box and were constantly applying pressure in the Bengals backfield which translated to minimal gains the entire contest. Blake Johnson, Cody Hickman, Lian Kiefer, Cameron Gonzalez, Wyatt Nugent, Kason Edwards, and Jackson Bates all had strong showings defensively in the season opener and were key contributors to the great team defense played by the Seminoles.
A very tough Texas City Bengals squad handed the Freshman Seminoles their first loss of the season. The ‘Noles had several opportunities to put the ball across the goal line but penalties and a tough defense stalled the majority of the offensive drives.
The Sophomore Seminoles kicked off the 2016 season with a huge come from behind win over the defending Super Bowl Champion Texas City Bengals. Down 13-0, Seminole running back Caden Hisatake scored on a 45-yard run as time expired to make the score 13-6 to end the first half. Jackson Rorick recovered an onside kick for the Seminoles to start the second half. The Seminole offense went straight to work as Talon Sedtal, Aiden Salcedo, Keanen Kiefer, and Hisatake were able to run freely down field thanks to the offensive line blocking by Maddox Atchley, LJ Delgado, Jackson Gillie, Rylen Votion, and Clayton Mcdonald. Salcedo ended the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run. Seminoles tied the game when Kiefer crossed the goal line on the two-point conversion. To prove the last onside kick was not luck, Sedtal recovered the second onside kick of the game. The offense used the clock wisely eating up the entire third quarter but could not get past the goal line. The Seminole defense started the fourth quarter by forcing the Bengals to a four and out offensive series. The offense kept the momentum going when Hisatake scored on 20-yard run putting the Seminoles ahead 19-13. The Bengals offense had one last chance to tie the game with less than a minute left on the game clock. The Seminole defense held their ground and preserved the win.
The Junior Seminoles almost pulled off the impossible against the two-time defending GCPFL Super Bowl Champion Texas City Bengals. The Junior Bengals squad entered the game with a 23-0 record spanning over the last two years. Bengals struck first by putting six points on the scoreboard to start the game. The Seminoles matched those points quickly when Caleb Espinoza scampered 50 yards on the ‘Noles first offensive play. The Bengals scored again on the next set of series, but the ‘Noles answered quickly again when Dylan Marbury took the ball to the house. Both defenses settled in the remainder of the game, but the Bengals put two more touchdowns on the board late in the game to take the win 27-12.
The senior Seminoles opened their 2016 season with a 49-6 win over the Texas City Bengals. Physical play on both sides of the ball allowed the Seminoles to score at will, and held the offense of the Bengals scoreless. The Seminoles ran for more than 250 yards, and more than 100 yards through the air on the day. The running game saw a whole host of backs find paydirt on the day. Touchdown runs were turned in by Nicholas Buffalo, Zayid Ramos, Esteban Nava, Dino Demetriou, and Malcolm Shannon. Josh Mendoza ran the ball well for the Seminoles, but was stopped at the goalline after a 50-yard burst. Quarterback Jace Martinez hooked up with Ramos, and Hunter Boren through the air to round out the scoring for the Noles. The Noles big offensive line punished the defense of the Bengals all game, creating truck size holes for the backs to run through. Leading the way upfront were, Barrett Lay, Dillon Ford, Xavier Madrigal, Seth Resendez, Steven Resendez, Eli Carrizales, Ryan Webb, and Brandyn Perez. The stingy Noles defense swarmed the Bengals offense all day, allowing very few yards and no offensive scores on the day. The big front line for the defense played havoc for the offensive line of the Bengals early and often. Defensive tackles Luke Webb and Mark Gonzalez led the way upfront. Webb forced two Bengal fumbles, and he and Gonzalez fought through double and triple teams to bring down Bengal ball carriers all day. Other Seminole defenders that contributed to the shut out were, Caleb Shannon, Aiden Martinez, Diego Lopez-Leal, Landon Morman, Nate Pena. The lone score from the Bengals came on a kickoff return for a touchdown.
The Deer Park Seminoles travel to Galveston this week to take on the Hurricanes.