Bastrop Texas – The Bastrop Tribe Warriors hosted the Allen Academy Rams on Friday, September 2nd and after a close first half the Warriors managed to pull away in the fourth quarter. Both teams entered the contest having won their first games of the year and Tribe the favorite according to Sixmanfootball.com.
The Rams were not intimidated and took the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and put the Warriors on their heels. The teams traded touchdowns for most of the first half with Tribe taking a 32-30 lead as the Rams scored on the last play of the first half.
Having surrendered two TD’s on the first and last plays of the first half, the second half started with the Warriors scoring twice to extend their lead to 18 points. However, Chandler Golemon, the warriors QB and starting LB was ejected from the game early in the the third quarter and the Rams were able to close to within six points by the end of the third quarter.
Tribe was able to rally in the fourth quarter and score three unanswered touchdowns to pull away. On the night, the Warriors threw only one pass which was negated by a penalty, but managed to amass 479 yards of rushing with Junior, Josh McAlister, leading the team with 311 yards on 22 carries and 8 TDs. Chuy Gonzales led the team on defense with 14 tackles (10 solo) and rambled for 153 yards on offense as well.
The secret weapon of the night was Matthew McKnabb who went 10 for 10 on extra points which account for 20 points (extra point kicks are 2 points in sixman). While the Rams struggled with special teams, the Warriors were able to widen their lead on the leg of McKnabb.
The Warriors entered the game ranked 34th in the state according to Sixmanfootball.com and second in TAIAO which has 34 teams.