Austin Destroys Irvin 27-7 at Tony Shaw Field
In a game that consisted of eight combined turnovers, the Austin Panthers went into a hostile environment and handily defeated a red hot Irvin Rocket team 27-7 that came into the contest riding a four-game winning streak. The game began with a plethora of turnovers on both sides as Austin's running back Will "Da Beast" Rodriguez coughed it up on the Panther's opening drive, then two plays later Irvin repaid the favor as wide receiver Joel Tarrango gave it right back to Austin with a fumble of his own.
Two more turnovers then occurred, one by each team, meaning that 8:20 into the contest we saw four combined turnovers. Austin was able to capitalize on a muffed Irvin punt at their own 9 and Rodriguez scored to give the Panthers a 7-0 lead with 8:15 remaining in the opening quarter. Irvin tied the game up at 7 on an 8-yard touchdown pass from QB Aguirre to Joel Tarrango with 17 seconds left in the half. The Panthers came out in the second half determined to take care of businesses, and they did just that by outscoring the Rockets 20-0 in the final two quarters.
Irvin shot themselves in the foot on numerous occasions in the second half by committing three more turnovers, that, combined with the Panther's' suffocating defense was way too much to overcome for the Rockets. Austin got two tremendous touchdowns runs of 50 and 75 yards by running back Kameron Walker who finished with 8 carries for 129 yards to accompany his two impressive scores. Will Rodriguez would go on to gain 106 yards on 13 carries, and backup QB Jose Tovar came in for Panther's starter Cesar Mireles and threw a touchdown on his first play from scrimmage to Ethan Villa.
With the win, Austin moves to 7-2, 4-1 in District 2-5A, is idle next week and will conclude their season hosting Burges on November 9. Irvin is now 6-2, 3-1 in 2-5A and will play at Burges next Friday.