Rocksprings Angoras outlast Miles Bulldogs in wild shootout

Paul Harris
San Angelo Standard-Times
Cebasstian Viera (8) rushes the ball for Rocksprings during a game against Miles on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.

MILES —They may not be the heavyweights of their district, but the Rocksprings and Miles football teams had a slugfest to remember Friday.

With third place in District 14-2A Division II on the line, the two teams each stepped up and delivered an eye-opening shootout at Gary Krejci Memorial Stadium.

There was a combined 981 yards of offense and not a single punt.

When the dust settled, Rocksprings hung on for a 60-53 win that was finally secure when the Angoras recovered an onside kick with 30 seconds remaining.

Rocksprings head coach Sean Berry said he and his defensive coordinator talked about not wanting to get into a track meet with Miles, but it was off to the races anyway. 

"(Miles) has great receivers, and their quarterback is a heck of an athlete. We were worried it may turn out like this," Berry said. "But we crossed the finish line ahead of them." 

Keagan Riddle (20) tries to make a catch in the end zone for Miles during a game against Rocksprings on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.

Rocksprings had 525 yards of offense — all on the ground — led by sophomore running back Beau Hernandez (17 carries for 213 yards, 4 touchdowns) and junior quarterback Cebasstian Viera (14-162, 2 TDs).

Miles had 456 yards but did most of its damage through the air with 277 passing yards and two touchdowns by sophomore quarterback Hayven Book, who also had 85 rushing yards and four TDs.

Junior receiver Carson Ellison had eight catches for 149 yards and a TD, and he returned a kickoff 70 yards for a score.

Miles jumped out to a 12-0 lead and had a 26-16 advantage before Rocksprings scored late in the second quarter to get within 26-24 at halftime.

Rocksprings was set to receive the second-half kickoff, and Berry told his team it was a crucial moment in the game. 

Beau Hernandez (24) is tackled while rushing the ball for Rocksprings during a game against Miles on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.

"I told the kids, 'If we don't get this drive, it's going to be a tough hill to climb,'" Berry said.

Rocksprings scored a touchdown on that drive and the next four drives after that.

Miles scored every time it touched the ball in the second half, too, except for one.

Trailing 38-32 late in the third quarter, Miles fumbled the ball on Rocksprings' 21-yard line. The Angoras made a gutsy call to go for it on fourth-and-5 from their own 26, and they picked it up on a 9-yard run by Hernandez.

A few plays later, Hernandez broke loose for a 66-yard TD run on third-and-11 to open up a 44-32 lead for Rocksprings.

Beau Hernandez (24) rushes the ball for Rocksprings during a game against Miles on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.

"It was just one of those games. It was a hard-fought game," Miles head coach Jayson Wilhelm said. "We're improving every week offensively, but we've got to find a way to slow teams down. But Rocksprings is good, and they're a tough team to defend." 

Ty Hendley was Rocksprings' third-leading rusher with 94 yards and a TD, while Tucker Shanklin had 67 rushing yards and a TD, along with a pair of two-point conversions.

Miles' offense features numerous playmakers who are underclassmen, including two freshmen — Devin Medina, who rushed for 98 yards and a TD, and Cooper Ellison, who had three catches for 66 yards, including a 53-yard TD.

Friday's performance wasn't out of the ordinary either. The Bulldogs scored 49 and 44 points in their previous two games.

"We were down in the second half last week against Menard and came back. Our kids have showed a lot of grit this year," Wilhelm said. "We know we can strike quick now, and knowing that keeps them playing hard for four quarters."

Despite the loss, Miles is still headed back to the playoffs as the district's fourth and final seed.

Rocksprings improved to 6-3 overall and 2-2 in district. Miles fell to 3-6 and 2-2.

The Angoras will close the regular season at home against Menard next week, while Miles will visit Christoval.

Rocksprings 60, Miles 53

Rocksprings    8    16    14    22 — 60

Miles    12    14    6    21 — 53

First Quarter

M — Hayven Book 11 run (kick failed), 8:12 remaining

M — Book 45 run (kick failed), 3:39

R — Beau Hernandez 7 run (Cebasstian Viera run), :28

Second Quarter

R — Viera 68 run (Tucker Shanklin run), 9:12

M — Cooper Ellison 53 pass from Book (Carson Ellison kick), 7:36

M — Book 11 run (Ca. Ellison kick), 4:45

R — Hernandez 21 run (Ty Hendley run), 1:17

Third Quarter

R — Hendley 28 run (Viera run), 7:42

M — Devin Medina 2 run (pass failed), 5:36

R — Viera 8 run (run failed), 2:36

Fourth Quarter

R — Hernandez 66 run (run failed), 8:57

M — Book 1 run (Ca. Ellison kick), 6:37

R — Shanklin 8 run (Viera run), 2:05

M — Ca. Ellison 70 kickoff return (Ca. Ellison kick), 1:49

R — Hernandez 52 run (Shanklin run), 1:35

M — Ca. Ellison 10 pass from Book (Ca. Ellison kick), :30

                            Rocksprings    Miles

First downs            21                    23

Rushing-yards        50-525            26-179        

Passing                    0                    277

Comp-att-int            0-1-0                17-27-0

Punts-avg                0-0                    0-0

Fumbles-lost            2-1                    2-1

Penalties-yards        9-85                5-53

Individual statistics

RUSHING: Rocksprings — Cebasstian Viera 14-162, Beau Hernandez 17-213, Tucker Shanklin 7-67, Ty Hendley 10-94, TEAM 2-(-11); Miles — Tanner Wood 4-4, Hayven Book 8-85, Carson Ellison 2-1, Devin Medina 11-98, TEAM 1-(-9).

PASSING: Rocksprings — Cebasstian Viera 0-1-0 for 0 yards; Miles — Hayven Book 17-27-0 for 277.

RECEIVING: Rocksprings — None; Miles — Carson Ellison 8-149, Kaden Crocker 2-19, Gunner McAda 1-0, Keagan Riddle 1-(-1), Devin Medina 2-26, Cooper Ellison 3-66.