Belton blows past Stony Point with 28-point blitz in fourth quarter, 70-35
By Tony Adams
On a Friday night where the Belton Tigers and Round Rock Stony Point Tigers honored the men and women who defend our country’s freedoms, both team’s offenses and defenses showed their fighting spirits.
Belton scored a modern-day school record 70 points, without scoring a single point in the third quarter, in a 70-35 victory over Stony Point to move their record to 2-1 on the season.
The pregame festivities honored parents and relatives of current Belton Tigers’ players and coaching staff members who served or are serving in the United States Armed Forces. Belton wore their digital camouflage uniforms in respect of the armed forces.
It didn’t take but 19 seconds for Belton to ring up a six-spot on the scoreboard. Davion Peoples took a handoff and sprinted 70 yards for a touchdown down the right side. Nyle Tabat’s extra-point put Big Red up 7-0.
John Harvey, Alex Aaron and CJ Jones each had pressures in Stony Point’s opening drive and forced the visitors to punt.
Belton put together a 13-play, 72-yard drive, ending in Peoples’ second touchdown run of the night, this time from four yards out. The drive was highlighted on a fourth down and six conversion on the Stony Point 41, as Mansell’s fake-punt and pass to Cameron Davis covered 32 yards. Tabat’s extra-point try was successful, giving Belton a 14-0 lead with 6:06 to play in the opening quarter.
Tyler Cleveland’s 15-yard run capped a 63-yard drive. Santiago Maya’s extra-point cut the deficit to seven points, 14-7, with 3:57 to play in the first quarter.
Peoples and Peyton Mansell did the work to get Belton into the end zone in an 87-yard drive, with Peoples running for 18 yards and Mansell running for 22 yards. A 34-yard pass from Mansell to Logan Collins capped the drive. Tabat’s extra-point made the score 21-7 with 2:06 remaining in the opening frame.
Tyler O’Bannon’s kickoff return set Stony Point up in good field position on their own 35, with Mansell making the tackle to keep O’Bannon from breaking away. Harvey created havoc up the middle of the line for Belton, making bookend stops and the pass coverage knocked down two passes to help Big Red get the ball back at the Stony Point 37.
However, a fumble on the next play was picked up by Jack Landry and returned for a score. Maya’s extra-point cut Belton’s lead to seven points with 51 seconds to play in the first quarter, 21-14.
Belton came right back at Stony Point on the next drive, as Mansell hit Collins with a 49-yard pass down to the Stony Point 17. Two plays later, Mansell hit Weston Lucas on a bubble screen and he ran the ball in from four yards out. Tabat’s extra-point gave Belton a 14-point with 10:57 to play in the first half, 28-14.
Harvey, Aaron and Bryan Thomas came up with big stops on defense, forcing a three-and-out with Belton getting the rock back at their own 36.
Bryce Julian started to inject his will into the offense and his bruising style of running started to take a toll on the Stony Point defense. Julian’s gains set up Mansell’s 25-yard completion to Remington Lutz, 11-yard completion to Lucas and People’s 21-yard touchdown run of the game, his third of the night. Tabat’s kick was true and Belton led 35-14 with 7:33 left in the half.
Logan Hall, CJ Jones, and Justin Buuck came up huge on the next drive, making critical stops in forcing Stony Point to punt once again.
Julian’s 29-yard run down to the Stony Point 19 set up Mansell’s second touchdown connection to Lucas of the night, this time from 17 yards out. Tabat’s extra-point gave Belton a 42-14 lead with 3:21 to play in the half.
DJ Fisher’s fumble recovery on the Stony Point 44 gave Belton another crack at the end zone with 1:10 to play in the half. Mansell attempted a 56-yard field goal with a brisk wind at his back, but it fell about five yards short of the crossbar. Belton led 42-14 at the half.
Belton was held off of the scoreboard in the third quarter, but Stony Point cut Big Red’s lead in half with a Cleveland 1-yard run and an interception return by Treshon Pickett. Belton took a 42-28 advantage into the fourth quarter.
The game started really rolling for Belton again offensively in the fourth quarter. Mansell hit Lane Holmes for a 4-yard touchdown pass with 10:31 to play and Tabat’s extra-point made the score 49-28 with 10:31 to play.
Fisher and Hall put the clamps on the Stony Point running game, holding them to a three-and-out drive and a shanked punt gave Belton the ball on the Stony Point 32.
Julian shouldered the load on the next Belton drive as he toted the rock for 2, 9, 6 and a touchdown-scoring 15-yard carry. Tabat kicked the extra-point and Belton led 56-28 with 7:49 remaining.
Clayton Blank scooped up a Stony Point fumble on the ensuing kickoff, giving Belton a short field to cover for another score. Davis came off the bench and had a 4-yard carry, setting up Julian’s 22-yard touchdown run. Tabat’s extra-point kick with 7:08 to play extended Belton’s lead to 35, 63-28.
Another Stony Point fumble in their own territory gave Belton the ball on a short field. Julian’s runs of 5, 5 and 8 yards set up an 18-yard end around touchdown run by Chandler Vela to helped to establish a new school standard for points in a game. Tabat’s 10th extra-point of the night made the score 70-28 with 3:38 remaining.
Stony Point scored a touchdown with 28 seconds left to make the score 70-35. Following the next kickoff, Davis knelt to end the ball game, which ended up being a historic night for Belton Tiger Football.
The 70 points was the most scored by a Tigers team in 25 seasons, defeating Leander 65-0 in 1978 and Waco University 65-24 in 1991. The school-record is 102 points, scored against Lampasas in a 102-0 win on Oct. 21, 1921. The second-highest amount was 85 points in an 85-0 win over Thorndale in 1937. It was originally reported that the 70 points was a school-record, but further information and research determined that it was not.
Belton rushed for 344 yards and passed for 230. Peoples had 20 rushes for 162 yards and three touchdowns. Julian had 15 rushes for 118 yards and two scores. Mansell carried the ball 13 times for 46 yards and Vela had one carry for 18 yards and a score.
Mansell was 14-of-16 passing for 230 yards and four touchdowns. Collins led all receivers with 83 yards, while Lucas and Lutz each had 32 yards.
The running lanes were opened up a great deal all night by the Belton offensive line, led by Jaylin Bryant, Aaron Krueger, Colton Cloer, Jerrod Jakson, Miguel Torres, Bailey Peacock, Caleb Smith, Jacob Lovell and tight ends Lutz, Marshall Fish and James Langford.
“It was a big win for us,” Belton head coach Bob Shipley said. “It was a team that we have lost to two years in a row (three going back to 2013’s 56-46 loss at Tiger Field). Two years ago, we lost pretty bad (27-0 at Tiger Field in 2014) and last year, we got out of there falling on a last-second field goal and should have won there. This was a good win for us, but we have a lot to learn here. Our offense cannot give up 14 points. Our starting defense only gave up 14 points tonight, so I am proud of them.”
“We definitely played together as a unit, but we have some things that we need to clean up,” Harvey said. “Nobody’s happy with 35. It’s a bittersweet win. Anytime you hang up 70 on somebody, that’s a pretty big deal. We have got to get back to work, have amnesia and get ready for Round Rock.”
Belton will take on the Round Rock Dragons at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex.