The Dripping Springs Tigers proved Friday it’s not always how you start, but how you finish.
Scoring 47 unanswered points to close the game lifted the Tigers (7-0, 3-0) to a come-from-behind 60-21 win over the Boerne Champion Chargers (3-4, 1-3). The victory keeps Dripping Springs unbeaten with three games left in the season.
At the center of Dripping Springs’ success was the one-two combination of senior quarterback Trevor Greenman and junior wide receiver Johnny Hoyle.
Greenman scored seven total touchdowns and amassed 478 total yards of offense on the night. Four of Greenman’s scores went to Hoyle, who broke his own school record for most touchdown receptions in a game.
Early on, Dripping Springs found success on the defensive side, as it forced two turnovers on Champion’s first two drives. Dripping Springs’ defense secured four turnovers in the contest.
However, Champion, guided by the play of quarterback Davis Brin, closed the first quarter with a 14-13 advantage.
The Chargers expanded its lead to 21-13 in the second frame with an 8-yard touchdown run from senior Nick De Los Santos.
From there, Dripping Springs’ offense slammed on the accelerator and never looked back.
Greenman responded by finding Hoyle for a 30-yard touchdown pass. A successful two-point conversion tied the game at 21-21.
The Tigers tallied 21 additional points to close the first half, which was aided by a pair of Champion turnovers.
Greenman notched a trio of touchdown passes to Hoyle, wide receiver Parker Alford and wide receiver Curtis Raymond during the ensuing barrage.
Greenman, who threw for 294 yards and six scores in the first half, lauded the plethora of weapons around him as the catalyst for success.
“It felt good, but I can’t take all the credit. I’ve got a lot of weapons out there. I couldn’t have done it by myself,” Greenman said.
Galen Zimmerman, Dripping Springs head football coach, was not surprised by his quarterback’s play.
“He has been good for us all year. He did a great job of taking his time and delivering the ball to those guys,” Zimmerman said. “We are fortunate to have him.”
Dripping Springs continued its onslaught in the second half. A short touchdown run by Jake Cox pushed the Tiger lead to 49-21. A 38-yard field goal by junior Nathan Koch gave Dripping Springs a 52-21 advantage.
Greenman saved his best play for last. During the final drive of the game, Greenman chased down an errant snap and maneuvered away from Champion defenders before lofting a throw to Hoyle for a touchdown.
“I ran back, got it (the ball), picked it up, and me and Johnny have this thing where I am always looking for him,” Greenman said. “We’ve connected like that probably two or three times this year, so we have a little connection there.”
Zimmerman lauded his players for maintaining the intensity to keep their record unblemished.
“We feel very fortunate. Anytime you win on Friday night, it’s a great feeling,” Zimmerman said. “We want to make sure that it doesn’t get old, and be excited to win, especially against such a good opponent.”
Cox finished the game with 58 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown. Hoyle caught five total catches for 1t83 yards and four scores. Alford had four receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown.
On the defensive end, senior linebacker Will Masters recorded a team-high ten tackles. Senior Ricardo Montoya finished with a fumble recovery, while Brittan Howeth and Reed Beverly each secured an interception.
Dripping Springs travels to play at Alamo Heights Friday at 7:30 p.m.