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Dime Box community upbeat after opening win

Dime Box community upbeat after opening win

From the Brazos Valley football roundup, week 1 series
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HS Football Media Day 2019

Dime Box coach Rick Frey, center front, already has a group of players ready to lead the Longhorns in their first season of football, a core that includes Blake Scott, from left, Dustin Frey, Jer’Perion Gilbert, Masyn Spacek and Ray Gilbert.

Dime Box’s Ray Gilbert had a good night by any standard with 207 all-purpose yards.

What makes it even more impressive is that it came in his first-ever football game.

Dime Box, in its first season of football, beat Bellville Faith Academy 26-23 on Friday night.

Gilbert led the offense with nine carries for 147 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a 60-yard touchdown catch from Blake Scott, ushering in a new era for the Longhorns on a high note.

Defensively, Nick Gilbert recorded 10 tackles, Tyrese Patterson had six, Jer’perion Gilbert had five tackles and an interception and Bradley Lehmann had four tackles and a sack.

Dime Box head coach Rick Frey said before the season that the fledgling program enjoyed plenty of support around school and the wider community, and a close win in Week 1 will only help increase interest in the team.

Dime Box was a 45-point favorite over Bellville Faith and will have a much bigger test this week as the Longhorns face Round Rock Christian Academy, which is favored by 45 points.

Boyd solid in Rams’ win

Week 1 barely is over, and Allen Academy is up to its old tricks.

The Rams, heavy underdogs to Sugar Land Logos Prep, made some noise by shutting out the Lions 50-0 Thursday in the Allen Academy Six-Man Showcase.

Brandon Boyd was stellar, completing all seven of his pass attempts for 166 yards and four TDs. He connected with Luke Meadows, Aaron Boegener and Brent Tucker, who caught a 44-yard touchdown pass.

Defensively, Elias Chapa led the way with eight tackles. He also led the Rams’ rushing attack with 11- and 47-yard TD runs.

Allen Academy likes the underdog role, but Friday the Rams are favored by four points when they face McDade.

Tigers’ upset impressive

Rockdale was a four-point underdog to Giddings, but the Tigers’ passing game was dominant in a 48-24 win. Rockdale lost to Giddings 17-16 in last year’s matchup.

Junior quarterback Jace Robinson threw for 441 yards on 13 of 22 passing and four TDs, targeting four different receivers as Rockdale piled up 570 total yards.

Ross Loth had three catches for 132 yards and an 85-yard TD, Kesean Raven had four grabs for 121 yards with a 70-yard TD and Kobe Mitchell had a 90-yard touchdown reception and finished with three receptions for 111 yards. Running back Cam’ron Valdez had two catches for 68 yards with a 63-yard TD and added 63 rushing yards.

Looking ahead

With the season underway, there are plenty of good games and rivalry matchups on the horizon. Bryan hosts A&M Consolidated in a marquee encounter, but that’s not the only good matchup in the Brazos Valley. Rudder, which is coming off a 28-27 loss to Bastrop, is a one-point underdog to Elgin. The Rangers showed promise in Week 1 and led at halftime.

Hearne, which lost 49-6 at Franklin, has another tough matchup ahead in Groesbeck. Leon, which suffered a 47-43 loss to Mildred on Friday has an exciting home matchup with Anderson-Shiro, which beat Rosebud-Lott 32-0.

In the polls

Consol moved up one spot to No. 6 in Class 5A Division II in the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football weekly rankings.

In 3A Division II Cameron and Franklin each are up one spot to No. 3 and No. 8, respectively.

Burton held at No. 8 in 2A Division II, and Calvert dropped from No. 7 to No. 10 in 1A Division II.

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