Boys Junior Varsity Football Red · JV Red Tigers score twice in each half as they stop Killeen, 29-14

Donovan Thompson works his way toward a big gain. (Photo credit: Tony Adams, The Belton Journal)

The Belton Tiger JV Red football team completed their three-game homestand on Wednesday night at Tiger Field, as they hosted the Killeen Kangaroos.

Dononvan Thompson scored two rushing touchdowns in the first half, Joe Ramirez found Aidan King on a touchdown pass and Slade LeBlanc capped the scoring with a 40-yard touchdown run as the Tigers got past the Kangaroos, 29-14.

Killeen scored three offensive plays into the contest, as the Roos scored on a 50-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion run was good, which gave the Roos an 8-0 lead just 52 seconds into the game.

A 12-play, 75-yard drive covering 5:24 got the Tigers on the board. Thompson’s 19-yard run highlighted the drive, and he capped the drive with a nine-yard touchdown run. LeBlanc’s extra-point with 3:48 to play in the first quarter cut the deficit to one, 8-7.

Matthew Madsen had a key tackle and Tanner Conroy nearly picked off a pass to stall out the Roos’ next drive. Belton took over at their own five-yard line.

Slade LeBlanc (10) gets a lead block from AJ Baird on his way to a 40-yard touchdown. (Photo credit: Tony Adams, The Belton Journal)

A 40-yard pass from Ramirez to Keyshon Alexander highlighted the 12-play, 95-yard drive that took 4:22 off of the clock. Good lead blocking by Ryder Holman and Jose Rodriguez resulted in Thompson’s four-yard touchdown run. Ramirez’s two-point run gave the Tigers a seven-point lead with 6:47 to play in the first half, 15-8.

On the ensuing drive, Killeen took the ball 79 yards in nine plays, taking 5:07 off of the clock. Killeen’s 15-yard touchdown run made the score 15-14, Tigers. The two-point conversion failed.

A 30-yard kick return by Kade Carmichael set the Tigers up at their own 41 to start the second half. Thompson’s 37-yard run set up Ramirez’s eight-yard pass to a wide-open King in the end zone. LeBlanc’s extra-point made the score 22-14 with 7:32 left in the third quarter.

Three plays into Killeen’s next drive, Carmichael intercepted a pass and returned it 40 yards to the Killeen 46. Three plays later on third down and four at the Roos’ 40, LeBlanc worked the read-pass option to perfection, as he pulled down the ball and raced 40 yards for a touchdown. LeBlanc’s extra-point gave the Tigers a 29-14 lead with 5:13 to play in the third quarter.

The Tigers’ defense worked the Killeen offense into three turnovers on downs, as Belton was able to get the win by 15 points.

Belton will travel to Copperas Cove on Thursday, Oct. 22.

Kage Carmichael’s interception and return help set up Belton’s insurance score in the third quarter. (Photo credit: Tony Adams, The Belton Journal)