High School Football

Iraan rallies to beat Alpine 18-7


For the third road game this season, the Iraan Braves overcame rain and lightning delays to post a win, ruining the Alpine Bucks' homecoming game with an 18-7 win.

The victory in their final non-district game sends the Braves into an open week with a perfect 7-0 record. Alpine (3-4) has found Pecos County to be a rude visitor as Fort Stockton also knocked off the Bucks, 28-21, in Week 2.

Game summary:

Alpine took the opening kick off and need just three plays and 39 seconds to score as Travis Ruckman broke loose for a 56-yard scoring run.

Iraan responded by driving to midfield, but an incomplete pass and a fumble forced the Braves to punt.

The punt was downed at the Alpine 12. The Bucks fought through two illegal procedure penalties in the span of three plays to have a third-and-two at the 20.

But linebacker David Kent sacked Tyler Estrada and forced a fumble that was recovered by the Braves at the Alpine 15.

The Braves wasted no time, with Kyler Miller hitting Jermaine Bernal crossing the goal line to make it 7-6 with 6:50 left. Nick Wright's PAT sailed wide right.

Heavy rain started to fall soon after. But Alpine, with Derek Rojo taking over a quarterback, quickly used runs to move from their own 36 to set up a first-and-goal at the Iraan 7.

The Braves defense rose to the challenge, however, denying Alpine a score. Rojo was stopped at the two-yard run on fourth down.

The referees called a delay due to the weather. The dealy last 45 minutes before play resumed.

After play resumed neither team could find the end zone for the rest of the half.

Alpine reached the Iraan 36, its own 22 and midfield before punting. Twice Iraan got to the Alpine two-man quarterback rotation for drive-killing sacks. The defense held Alpine to no yards on the other drive.

After punting on its first drive after play resumed and forcing Alpine into a terrible 5-yard punt on the next series, Iraan mounted a 14-play, 53-yard drive that chewed six minutes off the clock.

But the Braves turned the ball over on downs seven yards short of the 1st down.

Iraan got to midfield, only to punt after four downs.

Rain and lightning flared up again during halftime. The second half did not resume until after 9 p.m.

Iraan pulled ahead for good witha touchdown in the third quarter and another in the fourth. Each time, Angel Petralba capped the drives with 1-yard scoring runs.

Miller finished with 112 yards rushing while Dylan Kent added 98



• A: Travis Ruckman 56-yard run,. PAT good. 7-0 11:21

• I: Kyler Miller 15-yard pass to Jermaine Bernal. PAT missed. 7-6 6:50


I: Angel Petralba 1-yard run. 2-pt PAT failed. 12-7 7:33


I: Angel Petralba 1-yard run. 2-pt PAT failed. 18-7 6:05