Ferocious defense, mixed with six total offensive touchdowns, lifted the Dripping Springs Tigers (3-1) to a dominating 44-6 district opening victory over the Travis Rebels (0-4) Friday.
Dripping Springs controlled the line of scrimmage and played a physical, attacking brand of defense all night as they held Travis to 92 yards of total offense and six points. Dripping Springs limited Travis to six total yards in the first half.
The Tigers had five total sacks and two interceptions against the Rebels, one by junior defensive back Austin Hulon and the other by senior linebacker Garland Hodges.
Dripping Springs’ offense found rhythm early on as they got the ball into their playmakers’ hands. In the first quarter, junior quarterback Cameron O’Banan hit sophomore receiver Preston Alford for a 24-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-long completion.
In the second quarter, Dripping Springs senior running back Curtis Cox found his way into the end zone with a 2-yard rush up the gut. Cox finished the game with 104 yards rushing on 12 carries. Later in the quarter, O’Banan found Alford again for an 11-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline.
The Tigers’ lead grew to 23-0 right before halftime following a safety on a poor punt snap out of the back of the end zone.
Dripping Springs offense kept their foot on the pedal in the second half with three rushing touchdowns. Running backs Tyler Herron (14-yard) and Kelby Rowe (1-yard) each scored a touchdown in the third quarter, while Hunter Miller bulldozed his way to a 1-yard score in the fourth quarter.
The only score of the game for Travis came in the third quarter on a 3-yard pitch to running back Darian McFerrin.