Two games into this young 2021 season and the Dripping Springs Tigers are looking great.
Cereal mascot puns aside, the Tigers (2-0) surely must’ve eaten their Wheaties on Friday as they out-slugged the Hays Hawks 70-42 in a game that had 1,193 combined yards and 132 plays ran.
In the spotlight was Tiger junior quarterback Austin Novosad and senior running back Preston Alford. The one-two combination accounted for eight of the Tigers’ ten touchdowns in the game.
Alford made a trio of house calls in the first half, the biggest a 79-yard touchdown run that pushed the Tigers ahead, 21-7, early in the second quarter.
The Hawks (1-1) used a tough ground game to counter right back several minutes later to cut the lead to 21-14.
Each Hays response, though, was met with a furry-ious Tiger flurry. Dripping Springs outscored Hays 21-14 to close the second quarter, with the Tigers ahead 35-21 at the half.
Wash, rinse, repeat for most of the second half.
Dripping Springs’ offense revved its engines and expanded its lead to 56-28 after three quarters, led by a pair of touchdown runs by Alford and running back Luke Hudson and a touchdown pass from Novosad to Kyle Koch.
Novosad went 13-for-22 for 295 yards and four passing touchdowns; Alford ran the ball 13 times for 269 yards and four rushing touchdowns. Kock snagged four receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns.
A fourth quarter touchdown pass from Novosad to wide receiver Austin Walker and the Tigers led 63-28 and looked to put the game out of reach.
No one told the Hawks the game was over.
Two fourth quarter passing touchdowns by a Hawk team that entered the game with only four total passing attempts cut Dripping Springs’ lead to 63-42 and put some late pressure on the Tigers.
Hawk junior running back Chris Bruce ran for 212 yards on 12 carries and had a touchdown. Wide receiver Marcus Taylor caught four passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
Hawk sophomore quarterback Tyler McInvale went 11-for-16 for 184 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
Dripping Springs put the game on ice with a Hudson 13 yard touchdown run.
Dripping Springs accumulated 663 total yards to Hays’ 561.
• The Tigers host Lockhart on Sept. 10 at Tiger Stadium at the Kelley Reeves Athletic Complex on Sept. 10.
• The Hays Hawks will travel to Cedar Ridge to play the Raiders on Sept. 10.