Converse Judson racked up 450 yards of total offense in a 36-24 win over O’Connor last week. They now look to carry their momentum into the second round.

The Judson Rockets used their defense to help spark a win over the O’Connor Panthers in a game that went back and forth. But the Rockets would strike first.

From the second play from scrimmage, the O’Connor Panthers had a miscue between their center and quarterback as the snap sailed over Roel Sanchez. That would leave Shae Calvin in the endzone to recover and put the Rockets up early 24 seconds into the game.

That would be the start of the suffocating Judson defense that was in the face of Sanchez all night. The Rockets defense would pick off the Panthers’ quarterback three times, one of which sealed the game late in the fourth quarter.

As much help as the defense was, you can’t overlook what the offense did. Julon Williams helped rack up 450 yards of total offense.

Williams threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns. He was a man on a mission as he did not just torch the Panthers through the air but on the ground as well. He rushed 17 times for 123 yards and two scores.

Mi’Kel Jackson also reached the century mark rushing for 107 yards on 20 carries.

Photo: Ron Cortes, Freelance / For The San Antonio Express-News / Ronald Cortes
Photo: Ron Cortes, Freelance / For The San Antonio Express-News / Ronald Cortes

Kevin Luster was Williams main target as he hauled in three catches for 139 yards and two scores.

The Rockets battled through it all and ended with a 36-24 win. They now head to Austin to take on the Westlake Chaparrals.

The Chaparrals (9-2) are coming off of a lopsided 48-3 win over the Reagan Rattlers last week. In that game, junior running back Nakia Watson ran wild over the Rattlers. He rushed 21 times for 192 yards and three scores.

Games are going to start getting tougher for the Rockets but this team seems to find another level once the playoffs hit.

In three matchups, Westlake holds a 2-1 series lead. Their last meeting was back in 2009 when the Chaps defeated the Rockets 43-17.

Here are my keys to victory for the Rockets:

  • Control the game. Be the one to set the pace.
  • Keep the Chaps defense guessing.
  • Offensively, do not be one sided. Mix plays.
  • Defensive pressure up front. Make the Chaps quarterbacks feel rushed.
  • Key in on Watson. You cannot let him get going. Gang tackle. More than one Rocket tackler will need to be on him every play when the ball is in his hands.
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