Dripping Springs defeats SA Veterans Memorial

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DRIPPING SPRINGS – Preston Alford has said he was playing 70, maybe 80% when he entered the pitch for the first time in five weeks. Dripping Springs coach Galen Zimmerman, however, was happy to have a percentage from the senior running back.

Alford carried the ball 23 times for 107 yards and five touchdowns on a soft left ankle as the Tigers overcame an unusually slow start and beat the San Antonio Veterans Memorial 47-21 on Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

“His comeback is a big deal,” Zimmerman said of Alford. “It’s always good to find someone who is a good player. It’s a big part of our attack and has been for a few years.

“Now we have two guys – Luke (Hudson) and him – in the backfield who are both pretty good.”

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Alford, who injured his ankle against Hays on September 3, scored on 3, 9, 21, 1 and 3 yard carries but was not as comfortable as he would have liked .

“My cuts are slower, the readings are slower,” he said.

The Tigers (7-0, 4-0 District 12-5A DI) overall were a little slower than usual at the start of the game and actually fell behind in the first quarter. Dripping Springs settled for a 36-yard field goal from Walker Wright on his first possession, and the veterans (3-4, 1-3) took the lead on a 41-yard touchdown run from the running back. James Peoples, who finished with 130 yards. 23 litters.

This 6-3 lead lasted 5 minutes and 16 seconds. Alford’s first touchdown, in the dying minute of the first quarter, gave Dripping Springs a lead they haven’t given up.

“I think it had to do with the (veterans) defense – they’re a good football team,” Zimmerman said of his team’s slow start. “We knew they were going to come out and be quick and physical and we had to perform really well, and I thought we did.

Dripping Springs finished the first half with 21 unanswered points. Junior quarterback Austin Novosad completed 15 of 32 passes for 264 yards, one touchdown and one interception on the night. Ten of those accomplishments went to second-year receiver Kyle Koch, who finished with 180 receiving yards.

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Being undefeated comes with some pressure, which the Tigers have faced this week.

“Pressure can do two things. It can either burst pipes and make you collapse, or it can produce diamonds, ”Zimmerman said. “We don’t want to focus on the outside, we want to focus on our preparation and our teammates. If we are focused on ourselves, this is what produces consistency.

“We knew there was a lot of pressure ahead – we’re undefeated; we are the team to beat, ”said Alford. “But we can’t let that get to us.”

This is usually not a problem, according to Zimmerman.

“It’s a pretty relaxed group,” he said, adding half-jokingly, “Sometimes I wish they were a little more focused.

“I think they agreed: ‘Be prepared, perform with great focus and the wins will take care of themselves.’”

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