When it mattered most, the Vidor Pirates offense and defense did what needed to be done to get the first win of the season.
With the game tied 20-20, the Pirates defense smothered the Brazosport offense as it attempted a double reverse on the first play of overtime and recovered a fumble to give the Vidor offense a chance for the win.
Vidor quarterback Quinten Root, who led all rushers with 164 yards on 25 carries, powered the Pirates offense toward the end zone. Facing 3rd and goal from the 5-yard line, Root handed the ball to running back Trenton Conn who pushed up the middle of the Brazosport offense for the game winning score.
Vidor struck first with a time consuming 57-yard drive courtesy of a 3-yard scamper by running back Weston Sepulvado and 7-0 lead following the Aaron Guevara extra point.
The Exporters (1-1) used a big kick off return to set up at the Pirates 25-yard line, but the Vidor defense held and got ball back on downs. However, the celebration was short lived as the Pirates offense fumbled on the ensuing play.
Brazosport quarterback Kariyen Goins took charge and marched the ball to the 1-yard line, where he punched it in himself to tie the game on the next play.
The Exporters passing game was on point in the second quarter as Goins connected with receiver Pablo Marin on a 36-yard scoring strike to take the lead 14-7.
The teams traded possessions, but the Pirates defense forced its first big play of the night when the Dayton Whitmire blocked the Exporters punt and set the Vidor offense up in good field position.
As the Exporters defense clamped down on Sepulvado, who had over 30 yards rushing in the first quarter, Root began to find his openings and started picking apart the Brazosport defense. He tied the game with a 5-yard run around the left side to make 14-14 at halftime.
Root added another touchdown, this time from the 6-yard line, in the third quarter and seemed poised to put the Pirates over the top, but the Brazosport defense stiffened yet again and kept the Vidor offense out of the end zone for the remainder of regulation play.
Goins and the Exporters offense tied the game on another 1-yard score, this time on a fourth and goal scramble. The snap sailed passed the kicker on the extra point to leave the game tied at 20-20.
The Pirates (1-0) had an opportunity to pull out the win in regulation, but an untimely fumble with 12 seconds remaining at the Brazosport 12-yard line sent the game to overtime, where the offense redeemed itself minutes later following another big play by the defense.
The Vidor defense held a potentially explosive Exporters offense to just 168 total yards, while blocking a punt, forcing a fumble in overtime and producing four quarterback sacks and multiple tackles for negative yardage.
Vidor will travel to Bay City next Friday to face the Black Cats (3-0) of District 12-4A Division I.
-Tommy Mann, KOGT-
VIDOR PIRATES 26
Brazosport 7 7 0 6 0 20
Vidor 7 7 6 0 6 26
V – Weston Sepulvado 3-yard run, Aaron Guevara kick
B – Kariyen Goins 1-yard run, Zeke Vergara kick
B – Pablo Marin 36-yard pass from Goins, Vergara kick
V – Quinten Root 5-yard run, Guevara kick
V – Root 6-yard run, kick failed
B – Goins 1-yard run, kick failed
V – Trenton Con 5-yard run (no kick attempted)
First Downs 11 24
Rushes-Yards 38-91 64-323
Passing 77 0
Total Yards 168 323
Com-Att-Int 6-10-0 0-1-0
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 2-2
Penalties-Yards 10-65 7-35
Rushing – Braz: Paul Woodard 19-73, Kariyen Goins 17-12, Jamerian Knoxon 1-6, Pablo Marin 1-0; Vid: Quinten Root 25-164, Weston Sepulvado 16-65, Jason Watson 10-51, Trenton Conn 9-32, Kayden Barber 1-15, Jaedon Woodard 1-5, Nathan Bullard 1-2, Team 1-(-11)
Passing – Braz: Kariyen Goins 6-10-0 77; Vid: Quinten Root 0-1-0 00
Receiving – Braz: Pablo Marin 3-57, TiShaun Davis 1-7, Paul Woodard 1-7, Tristan Stowers 1-6; Vid: N/A