Tidehaven-Rice contest: 2 teams look to rebound

Photo/Jackie Alejo, Tiger Yearbook Staff
Tidehaven senior Alex Hernandez returns a kickoff early in the second quarter with help from blocker Tony Palomares. Refugio defeated the Tigers 43-7 in the opening game of the 2019 season.

   Tidehaven hopes to bounce back from its season-opening loss to Refugio when it hosts Rice Consolidated this Friday, Sept. 6. 
   Tidehaven’s season got off to a rough start last Friday, when it lost to Refugio 43-7 in a game marked by more than 150 yards of penalties. 
   Rice had an equally difficult season opener as it fell to East Bernard 23-6 at home. 
   “The Refugio game didn’t go as we had liked - too many penalties and mistakes,” said Tiger Head Coach David Lucio.   
   “You can’t have those against a team like Refugio,” he added.   
   “Rice has a good team too, so we will need to clean up the mistakes to have a shot at the victory.” 
   In their game with Refugio, the Tigers were penalized 84 yards and Refugio 75 yards. 
   After a scoreless first quarter, Refugio scored 21 unanswered points for a 21-0 halftime lead. 
   The Tigers third-quarter score came from Tidehaven quarterback Blake Garcia’s 27-yard pass to Mason Perales. Perales’ PAT kick was good. 
   All told, Refugio had 18 first downs to Tidehaven’s 7, and the Bobcats had 316 yards of offense to the Tigers’ 164 yards. 
   Garcia was 7-16-1-0 for 108 yards and a touchdown. 
   Perales had five catches for 91 yards and a touchdown and Kylan Sardinea had two receptions for 17 yards. 
   On the ground, Sardinea had 15 carries for 47 yards and Garcia had 15 for 9 yards for 56 yards rushing. 
   There were five fumbles in the game. Refugio had three, losing one, while Tidehaven had two and lost both of them. 
   The Tigers’ Call Davant and Jose Martinez each caused a fumble, with Jerry Johnson recovering one. 
   In addition, Tidehaven’s Davant and Kaden Henry both had interceptions.  
   Tidehaven and Rice had have five games since 1990, in a series with large gaps between contests over the years. Rice holds a 3-2 in the series. 
   The Tidehaven-Rice kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Delvin L. Taska Stadium.    

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