NAVASOTA — Robert E. Lee’s defense stopped Monterrey Prepa Tech, but the Red Raiders stymied themselves on offense as the teams settled for one field goal Friday morning in their controlled scrimmage at Rattler Stadium. Monterrey won 3-0.
The team from Mexico provided the only points of the game on a field goal at the close of the first running quarter, thanks to a facemask penalty moving Monterrey into field-goal range.
The Red Raiders drove inside the 10 in the final minutes, but lost a fumble as the teams shook hands and prepared for their respective seasons. Lee head coach Randy Huffstickler said REL also had three separate 30-yard plays brought back on penalties.
“It’s the first time for us to scrimmage live situations against (another opponent), so overall I thought the effort was good,” Huffstickler said. “(The penalties) are the thing we’ve got to cut out. They were all effort penalties, but we have to be smart in those situations.”
The teams began with each starting unit going against one another for 15 plays. After that, the second teams went 15 plays followed once again by the first-team units. When the 15th play was up, regardless where the offense was, the possession was over. Huffstickler said Lee drove deep inside Monterrey territory on both 15-play possessions, but ran out of plays.
Senior quarterback Joseph Seeber completed 9 of 21 passes for 85 yards and an interception with junior tailback LaQuintas Wallace carrying eight times for 92 yards. All told, Lee rushed for 192 yards.
Monterrey managed 88 yards rushing on 31 attempts while completing 14 of 24 passes for 170 yards.
“I thought the part we would need to work on (is our pass defense),” Huffstickler said. “They hit a couple passes that we should’ve knocked down that went through our hands, but our run defense was okay. They were a spread team and gave us a chance to work on that as well.”
The past two seasons saw Lee shellacking San Marcos in scrimmages. With REL’s season opener looming Friday at No. 3 Euless Trinity, Huffstickler believes Monterrey gave his team better preparation than San Marcos’ Wing-T offense.
“They were in four-wide, two-back and ran multiple defenses with three-man and four-man fronts with some good looking kids,” Huffstickler said.