FOOTBALL: Belton rallies from 35-7 deficit, but blocked field goal preserves 35-33 Round Rock win
ROUND ROCK -- Belton charged back from deficits of 28-0 and 35-7 to cut Round Rock's lead to 35-33, but the Tigers' bid for a game-winning short field goal with 2 seconds remaining was blocked and the Dragons held on for a 35-33 victory Friday night at Dragon Stadium.
Belton (0-2) will shoot for its first win with first-year head coach Brett Sniffin when the Tigers travel to play at Midland Lee next Friday night. Round Rock won its season opener.
Senior quarterback Ruben Jimenez had a big game for Belton, passing for 288 yards -- 114 to junior tight end Bryan "Itty" Henry -- and three touchdowns and rushing for 123 yards. Maurice Reed carried 29 times for 114 yards, made a 54-yard TD reception and returned a kickoff 85 yards for Belton's first touchdown of the game after it fell behind 28-0.
After trailing 35-7, the Tigers scored 26 consecutive points to slice the Dragons' once-commanding lead to two points. But with Belton trailing 35-33 with 2 seconds left after a length-of-the-field drive moved the Tigers into position for a comeback win, Zach White's 22-yard field goal attempt was blocked.
Round Rock, coached by former Salado coach Jeff Cheatham, got 192 passing yards and two touchdowns from Seth Ford and 122 rushing yards and two TDs plus a receiving TD from Israel Morgan.