Rattlers Bite Buffs 31-7
The Navasota Rattlers let everyone know they were the best team in 23-AAA with a 31-7 win over Giddings. The Buffs played even with the district champs until just before halftime. Navasota scored first on a big 54-yard pass play. Giddings answered with a five-yard run by Deon Hickey and Michael Rangel’s kick to tie the game in the second quarter. From there on the scoreboard belonged to the Rattlers. Ten more points in the second quarter put Navasota up 17-7 at the half. Navasota added seven points in the third and seven in the fourth to reach the final total of 31-7.
The Buffs suffered some injuries in the first half and some other starters were held out of the game in order to heal for the playoffs. Joseph Glenn was injured in the first half which brought out the man that had rushed for over 200 yards the last two games. He was limited to six carries for 40-yards against the Rattlers. Eric Rimes the tailback that is the first ball carrier across the ball did not play. He has been doing this for three years. Some of the starting linemen were not in the game due to various reasons.
Navasota did a good job of stopping the usual potent Giddings rushing offense. The Buffs were only able to generate 154-yards rushing and nine-yards passing were their totals. There have been several games the Buffs had two or more rushers with more yardage than 154. Deon Hutchinson was the Buffs leading ground gainer with 59-yards. Glenn had 40-yards, Spencer Fitzhenry had 36-yards, and Hickey had 19 on 12 carries.
The Buff defense allowed the Rattlers 252-yards passing and 143 rushing, their highest total of the year.
Fortunately the loss did not hurt the Buffs’ playoff hopes.