The Belton Tigers Freshman Grey football team played their first home game of the season on Thursday evening at Tiger Field.
Belton took a 20-14 lead in the opening moments of the fourth quarter, only to have the lead erased on a 59-yard TD on a reverse to drop their third game of the season. The score of the ballgame was 21-20.
Lake Travis scored on their second offensive possession on an 11-yard touchdown run. The extra-point kick was going, which made the score 7-0.
The Tigers were able to get some solid defensive plays from Luc Dekeratry, TJ Collins, Nickolas Wolfe, Angel Rodriguez and Josiah Kahler to set up the offense in their first scoring drive of the game. Elijah Warner’s one-yard touchdown capped an eight-play, 33-yard, 3:34 drive. The two-point conversion failed, which kept the Tigers behind by a point, 7-6, with 5:58 left in the first half.
The Cavaliers scored on a 12-yard run and kicked the extra point to extend the Lake Travis lead to 14-6.
The Tigers put together an eight-play, 64-yard 2:28 drive, capped by a two-yard touchdown pass from Chris Bittle to Caysen Allison. The two-conversion failed, as Belton trailed at the halftime break, 14-12.
Dekeratry, who was a weapon for the Tigers on special teams as a punter, constantly flipped the field for the Tigers.
A good punt return by Collins set the Tigers up on a go-ahead score. Warner had 45 yards on six carried in the drive and Bittle scored from four yards out. Bittle then found Kain Garza for a two-point conversion to give the Tigers a 20-14 lead.
On the next offensive play from scrimmage, Lake Travis scored on a reverse to the right side for 59 yards by Gavin Schmitz. Julian Zantua’s extra-point gave the Cavaliers a 21-20 lead with 7:22 to go in the ballgame.
The teams traded possessions, but neither team was able to get into the other’s territory.
Freshman Grey will take to the road again on Thursday (September 20), as they take on Leander Glenn at 5:30 p.m.