AGUA DULCE - For the old guys in the Agua Dulce High School alumni football game, it all came back to them with a single throw of the ball.
With the game scoreless Saturday night, former Longhorns quarterback and 1996 Agua Dulce High School graduate Jon Hise hooked up with Chris Ranley for a touchdown.
It was the old guys‚ or the maroon team's, first score in the two years that the Longhorns alumni game has been played. It also paved the way for a one-sided 20-8 victory.
"It was fun. They had a stranglehold on us last year. We just couldn't score against them," Hise, a junior high school science teacher and coach in Spring, said of the younger team. "We finally scored and it loosened things up. A couple of guys told me they had to hear all year long from the younger guys how they beat us last year. They won"t have that on us for this next year."
For Hise, the game is bittersweet. The alumni game was organized by Class of 1996 graduate Edward Garcia as a way to honor Hise's parents, longtime Agua Dulce High School principal Don Hise and wife Rita, who died in an airplane crash in 2006.
"I've pretty much moved on," Hise said. "There isn't a day that goes by that I don't remember my parents. I think about them every day. It's a great cause for the memory of my parents and the town, which is what it is for," Hise said. "It's meant to encourage the kids there to strive for their goals and as a way to help them out with money."
After the old guys, made up of 1996 graduates and older and a few younger players, scored early on, they began to pull away. Garcia connected with Kendal Riley for a long town pass and run. In the fourth quarter, Ranley scored on a 60-yard run. Afterwards, Ranley was named the game's offensive most valuable player. Ricky Rosas was the defensive MVP.
The white team, made up of younger former Agua Dulce players, scored on the last play of the game on a Michael Carbajal run.
Proceeds from the weekend will benefit a scholarship fund which as been set up in the name of Don and Rita Hise. Garcia said, while the game and the event's festival held the night before didn't draw the kind of crowd as expected, it was still a success.
"For us, it's just another chance to play, and to play for a good cause. I think we started something really good here," Garcia said. "It seems like everyone is trying to start an alumni game now."
On Jan. 9, longtime Agua Dulce rival Ben Bolt has an alumni game scheduled.
Taft has their first alumni game set for the spring.