By Tony Adams
Who says you can’t have friendly rivalries in the same city?
Belton Middle School traveled down Loop 121 to take on South Belton Middle School Monday night in the Battle of the 121.
In the 7A game, Christian Castillo had two inceptions, including a 70-yard touchdown return and Ismael Jiminez forced two turnovers as Belton defeated the South Belton 19-0.
With 1:38 left in the first quarter, Castillo jumped into a South Belton pass pattern and raced down the sidelines towards the end zone with a convoy of defenders. The point after attempt failed and BMS led 6-0. The quarter ended with that same score.
Jiminez recovered an LBMS fumble with 3:04 remaining in the first half to interrupt an attempt to tie the score. LBMS’ Kaleb Rector broke up a pass with an open field in front of him. BMS held onto the ball until Paul Karnowski busted into the end zone from five yards out to make the score 12-0. Karnowski completed the conversion attempt to Tyler Cook to make the score 13-0 at halftime.
The two squads traded interceptions in the final :13 of the third quarter, as Castillo picked off his second pass of the game. On the next play, LBMS cornerback Matthew Arredondo picked off a Karnowski pass. The quarter ended 13-0 with BMS still in the lead.
Jiminez cashed in for BMS on offense with a 30-yard run with 3:14 remaining in the game. The point after attempt was intercepted by Matthew Tracy.
LBMS was not able to catch BMS at the end, falling 19-0.
Though Castillo had a great day with a touchdown, two interceptions and a successful onside kick, he still believes his best football is in front of him
“I hope I can get better,” said Castillo. “I feel like I am contributing to the team, but I have a lot to work on. Especially my kicking and defense.”
Jiminez feels his team can get better on both sides of the ball.
“I know we can get better as a team,” said Jiminez. “Definitely on both sides of the ball.”
In the second game, TJ Gift and Cooper Cornblum broke out on long runs, while the defense was a stone wall in leading BMS to a 30-3 over SBMS.
Abraham Rodriguez took the opening kickoff 40 yards to set up BMS’ first touchdown, as Jonathon Montgomery busted through the line for a 5-yard score to put BMS up 6-0. The point after failed and the score remained 6-0 after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Gift sprinted around right end for a 54-yard touchdown run to give BMS a 12-0 lead with 5:30 remaining in the first half.
BMS’ Dylan Blomquist smothered a punt attempt by LBMS to set up a second Gift touchdown run, this time of 35 yards to make the score 18-0 to close out the first half.
In the third quarter, LBMS’ Octavious Davis busted through the middle on a 30-yard run to set up a first down and goal on the BMS 2-yard line. Unable to punch the ball across the goal line in three plays, Luis Barrios knocked a 22-yard field goal through the uprights to put LBMS on the board 18-3 with 1:09 left in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Gift set up another BMS score with a 35-yard rush. Conner Carruthers hit Cooper Cornblum on a 25-yard touchdown strike to get BMS a 24-3 lead with 6:00 remaining in the game.
An Isidro Martinez interception set up the final score of the ballgame for BMS, as Cornblum broke open for a 40-yard touchdown to clinch a 30-3 win for Belton Middle School.