Pleasantons Eagles opened up 15-4A Division I district play with an electrifying effort, stunning the ranked Rockport-Fulton Pirates, 28-24.
It was a game of Eagles playing the pirate role by scoring early and often, gaining what turned out to be an insurmountable lead.
Pleasanton was on the scoreboard with 28 unanswered points before a Pirate TD.
The game was the come back day for their swift, talented starting quarterback, Johnny Zamora, that caught those by surprise who were at the game.
Zamora, a sophomore, injured his wrist in the second quarter of the first game of the season against Edison and, this week, returned to grid action for the first time since. (Back on August 26, midway through the 2nd period, QB Zamora had already passed for 116 yards, with one TD pass, going 10 for 13 in that short period of time he played against Edison.) The Edison game became the only loss of the season for the Eagles when PHS came out on the tail end of the score, 46-49.
In Texas Football Magazine, Rockport-Fulton was figured to be in the third spot in District 15-4A Div. I. Eagles were figured to be 5th.
Game was barely started when Pleasantons nifty quarterback Johnny Zamora dashed 84 yards for a touchdown. That was a minute and 34 seconds into the contest. Victor Gutierrez was good on the extra point and PHS led, 7-0.
After the ensuing kickoff to the Pirates, on a play from scrimmage, Rockport RB Damion Hernandez was spun around by Eagle tacklers and the ball came loose and ended, like a handoff, in the hands of Eagle linebacker, Krys Palmer who carted the pigskin into the end zone from 22 yards out for a score. This happened with 8:48 left in the first period. Gutierrezs kick was good and Pleasanton led, 14-0.
With 3:56 left in the first quarter, Eagle QB Zamora passed to speedy slotback Garrett Bosquez who raced 84 yards to paydirt for the Eagles third score. Again, Gutierrez was good on the point after and the Eagles led, 21-0.
At the beginning of the second period, with 11:28 on the clock, PHS quarterback Zamora passed to wide receiver Jordan Bosquez who sped 18 yards to paydirt. Gutierrez was good on the point after and PHS led 28-0.
With 8:15 remaining in the second period, Rockport quarterback C. J. Frost plunged into the end zone from a yard out for the Pirates first TD. RB Nolan Perry ran for a 2-point conversion and the score was PHS 28, Rockport-Fulton 8.
With 3:11 remaining in the third quarter, Pirate Adrian Gonzalez was successful on a 37-yard field goal attempt and the score was Eagles 28, Pirates 11.
Pirate fullback Chase Resendez scored from 4 yards out with 9:53 remaining in the fourth period and with a successful extra point conversion by Adrian Gonzalez, the score was PHS 28, RFHS 18.
Rockport quarterback C. J. Frost scored the final TD for the Pirates, from 13 yards out, with 5:09 remaining on the clock. Extra point kick was no good and the final score was Pleasanton 28, Rockport-Fulton 24.
This was the fifth win in a row for the achieving Pleasanton Eagles who stand at 5-1. Rockport-Fultons record is at 4-2.
Pleasanton hosts Robstown in its Hall of Fame game Friday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m. Rockport-Fulton travels to Somerset that same night to engage the Bulldogs in its next district contest.
Pleasanton QB Johnny Zamora went 12 for 21 in the passing department, tossing two TD passes and had an interception.
QB Zamora had 61 yards rushing on 4 attempts for a 15.3 yards per carry average. Austin Renner had 9 carries for 35 yards and a 3.9 average. John Lopez had 3 carries for 10 yards and Tristan Pacheco had 3 carries for 1 yard.
Eagle Garrett Bosquez had 3 receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown. Tall freshman Dalton Hobbs had 3 receptions for 77 yards; Jordan Bosquez had 4 receptions for 39 yards and Gabriel Murillo had one catch for 21 yards.
After the Rockport-Fulton game, Eagle Red Carpet honors went to QB Johnny Zamora. MVP for offense was the whole team; MVP on defense, again, was the team; MVP on special teams were Victor Gutierrez and Johnny Criado. Scout team offense went to the junior varsity as did MVP on defense.