The Belton Tigers Freshman White football team had the opportunity on Thursday night to do what few Belton teams have done: complete a perfect regular season.
The Copperas Cove Bulldawgs Freshman White team primed and ready to battle Belton at Tiger Field.
The Tigers scored four times and converted all four point-after tries to hold off the Dawgs 28-14.
With the win, Tigers finished at 10-0 on the season. They outscored their opponents 245-40, with an average score of 24.5-4.0 this season. They registered six shutouts, including five consecutive games and had 25-quarter shutout streak.
Both teams played well in the first quarter defensively. Coleman Naegele had an interception at the 4:23 mark for Belton.
Cove took a 6-0 lead on a two-yard touchdown run with 6:58 to play in the first half, but pulled the extra-point wide left.
Richard McGuire’s read-option keeper up the right side for 42 yards set up a 12-yard pass to Bradley Thompson, Jr. and Daylen Thomas’12-yard touchdown. Juan Jimenez-De La Rosa’s extra-point gave Belton a 7-6 lead with 4:41 to play in the half.
Caleb Warne and Trenton Newby contributed in a big ways for the Tigers on the next drive, making a pair of stops at the line of scrimmage. McGuire intercepted a pass, but the Tigers could not convert the turnover into points. Belton led 7-6 at the halftime break.
Thomas came through with a big 20-yard gain, which set up an 11-yard pass for McGuire to Jimenez-De La Rosa and his extra-point with 5:46 left in the third quarter to give the Tigers a 14-6 lead.
Thomas recovered the onside kick at the Copperas Cove 29-yard to Belton another crack at increasing their lead. Four plays later, Thomas scored from eight yards away. Jimenez-De La Rosa hit the point-after to give the Tigers a 21-6 lead with 4:05 left in the third quarter.
After the Belton defense held Cove fruitless on an 11-play drive, the Tigers scored again. McGuire’s 30-yard run and Thomas had 29-yard run to set up McGuire’s 12-yard touchdown run. Jimenez-De La Rosa hit the extra-point to put Belton up by 22 points with 4:26 to play, 28-6.
Cove scored on a late touchdown pass, but the Tigers closed the game with a 14-point victory.