Strong defensive play leading to four total turnovers and two scores helped the Dripping Springs Tigers in a 43-21 win over the McCallum Knights (1-4) on homecoming Friday at Tiger Stadium.
Dripping Springs got off to a fast start by scoring 20 unanswered points in the first quarter. Following a fumble recovery on a muffed punt by the Knights, Tigers Preston Alford marched the offense into the end-zone with a 3-yard touchdown run on a quarterback keeper.
On the next possession, Tigers defensive tackle Colby Collins recovered a botched snap, setting up a one play drive capped off with a 15-yard touchdown run by receiver Austin Hulon on a reverse. Dripping Springs then closed the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Curtis Cox.
In the third frame, Dripping Springs defense took over with a pair of touchdowns in the first few possessions. Hulon scored his second touchdown of the game, this time on defense, with a 13-yard interception return for a score. Two possession later, Tigers defensive back Scotty Crosby scooped and scored a 4-yard fumble recovery and walked in for a touchdown.
Cox added another rushing touchdown for the Tigers with a 15-yard dash up the middle to take a commanding 40-0 lead in the third frame.
McCallum went on to score three touchdowns late in the game, including two scores on passes of 14 and 12 yards from Jaxon Rosales to Takai Satberry, and a 30-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Alvino Carbajal.
A 37-yard field goal by Tigers kicker Desi De La Cruz closed the scoring for Dripping Springs.