Despite leading only 13-0 at halftime, the Hutto Hippos poured on the scoring in the second half to take down the Round Rock-McNeil Mavericks 35-7 Friday night in a 6A statement homecoming win.
The Hippos scored on their opening drive just 2 minutes into the game on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Grayson Doggett to Sean Davis. The PAT put the Hippos up 7-0.
Both the Hippos and Mavericks were silent the remainder of the opening quarter, however, at the 10:43 mark in the second Hutto marched down and tacked on three points on a 45-yard field goal from Evan Gutierrez.
With just under 2 minutes to play before the half Gutierrez would add three more points, this time from 40-yards out. It must’ve been at that moment that the Hippos decided, no more field goals. The rest of the game their goal was six.
Heading into the locker room the Hippos held the McNeil with a goose egg leading 13-0.
With just under 8 minutes remaining in the third frame Doggett connected with Jairiez Lambert for a 1- yard touchdown pass to put Hutto up 20-0.
Doggett and Lambert would hook up again in the third with 1:37 remaining on a 30-yard touchdown pass, the PAT was good, and the Hippos were cruising with a 27-0 lead.
The Hippos weren’t done yet as they extended their already massive lead with 7:07 left to play in the game when Doggett connected from 21-yards out with Gary Choice. The snap on the PAT was botched, however, Hutto holder Zane Bolding made something out of nothing connecting with the punter Brody Bujnoch for the 2-point conversion that put the Hippos up 35-0.
At the 5:27 mark in the fourth McNeil would finally crack that goose egg with a 35-yard touchdown pass, however the game was already sealed for the Hippos.
The Hippos had 326 total yards on 78 plays Doggett was 19 for 41 with 190 yards and 4 touchdown passes.
Cyron Miller led the Hippos on rushing with 118 yards on 23 carries. Choice led in receiving with 6 grabs and 95 yards.
On the defensive side for the Hippos, the Mavericks coughed up the ball 6 times on 4 interceptions and 2 fumbles.
The win puts the Hippos at 2-1 on the season and 1-0 in district. Hutto will be back at home next week to take on neighboring Round Rock.