Whether it's a win or loss, most quarterbacks remember the first game they ever started. Four quarterbacks have had that feeling this year for Robstown. This time, it was Luis Rodriguez making his first start against Miller, after seeing significant action the previous week against West Oso.
With 17 seconds left in the first half, Rodriguez reached the ball over the goal line for a 'Picker touchdown. However, it was the only bright spot for Robstown, as they lost to the Buccaneers, 39-6.
(Luis) started a little bit shaky, Head Coach Rick Gonzalez said. I think he showed some nerves, but he never really got rattled. He did a good job in the second half.
Rodriguez was recently brought up from the junior varsity squad after injuries to quarterbacks Victor Leal and David Molina. Another quarterback for Robstown, Omar Elizondo, did not play due to disciplinary reasons.
The Bucs came out fast on the scoreboard. Tailback Marquis Lewis turned out three short-yardage touchdowns early, giving Miller a 19-0 lead with 10:34 left in the second quarter.
We really just didn't come out with a lot of energy tonight, Gonzalez said. We had some kids we held out due to discipline. I don't know if that affected us psychologically. But, for some reason, we just came out flat.
Miller quarterback Tyrell Clay followed Lewis' early scores with a pair of touchdown passes to Julian Franco to go up, 33-0. Clay was making his second straight start after missing four games due to injury.
After only managing one first down for most of the first half, the 'Pickers put together a solid drive to close out the first half. Running back Rodney Mungia had a 53-yard run, taking the 'Pickers to the Miller 16-yard line. Following a sack for the Bucs, Rodriguez hit Joe Angel Luna, who muscled his way to the one-yard line. Rodriguez would cap the drive off with a draw for Robstown's only score of the night.
Robstown's defense played much better in the second half, with Luna grabbing an interception on Miller's opening drive of the second half.
We tried to tell them that it takes a lot of 'want-to,' Gonzalez said. You have to want to hit hard, especially on defense. It just took us, for whatever reason, a half to put that together.
The Bucs' only score in the second half came on a three-yard run by Lewis, for the final 39-6 score.
Along with numerous injuries, the 'Pickers have