AUBREY — Raghib Ismail threw an interception on his first play from scrimmage Friday night.
That was about the only time Aubrey managed to stop the Carrollton Ranchview quarterback in the teams’ District 10-3A battle. Ismail single-handily abused the Chaparrals’ defense, outgaining Aubrey’s offense by 13 yards himself, helping the Wolves score 19 unanswered points before halftime.
Aubrey never solved Ismail or the Wolves’ potent rushing attack as Ranchview went on to score the game’s final 29 pointsand cruised to a 29-8 victory at Chaparral Stadium.
“I think I just had to get that [turnover] out of my system early,” joked Ismail. “Coach [Terry] Smith told us before the game that bad things happen over the course of game and you’ve just got to fight through them. I knew once we got it going, we’d be hard to stop.”
The Chaps (3-7, 1-3 district) got off to an excellent start, gaining 42 yards before back-to-back drops on Brylen Williams pass attempts ended a promising opening drive at the Ranchview 37-yard line. Aubrey then capitalized on Ismail’s interception, churning out a five-play, 71-yard drive that Matt Davis capped with a 10-yard touchdown run.
But it was all Ismail from there.
Breaking off moves reminiscent of his father, Raghib “Rocket” Ismail, during his heyday with Notre Dame and the Dallas Cowboys, Ismail repeatedly torched Aubrey’s defense with back-breaking runs in open space or through defenders. The Ranchview sophomore accounted for all but 29 of the Wolves’ (2-8, 1-3) 179 yards of offense in the first half, averaging almost 10 yards per touch.
Ismail broke off a 33-yard touchdown run on a designed quarterback draw at the start of the second quarter to give Ranchview a 10-8 lead early in the second quarter. He later added an 18-yard dazzler, making a handful of Aubrey defenders miss on his way to the end zone, to give the Wolves a 16-8 lead with 54 seconds left to play in the half.
Aubrey fumbled two plays later on its ensuing possession, allowing Ranchview’s Gibbran Perez to nail a 43-yard field goal at the halftime buzzer.
The Wolves maintained that momentum the rest of the night, gashing Aubrey’s defense for 232 yards on 39 carries. Dominique Carter punctuated the end to Ranchview’s eight-game losing streak with a 25-yard touchdown run straight through the middle of the Aubrey defense for the final points of the night.
“Rocket Ismail’s son looked just like his dad and just pretty much took over the ballgame,” said Aubrey coach Mike Segleski. “We couldn’t stop him. They got going on offense and we never could get much of anything going.”
Led behind Davis’ 72 rushing yards, Aubrey managed 265 yards of offense and 15 first downs. But the Chaps never managed to get back into the red zone following Davis’ opening touchdown to end the season on a three-game skid.
Carrollton Ranchview 29, Aubrey 8
A — Matt Davis 10 run (Brylen Williams run), 7:10
R — Gibbran Perez 29-FG, 11:45
R — Raghib Ismail 33 run (Perez kick), 9:46
R — Ismail 18 run (kick failed), 0:54
R — Perez 43 FG, :00
R — Perez 22 FG, 3:37
R — Dominique Carter 25 run (Perez kick), 2:02
Rushing — R: Raghib Ismail 14-120, Osh Derrick 16-56, Dominique Carter 6-52, Davian Carter 3-4; A: Matt Davis 9-72, Robert DeLaTorre 4-33, Brylen Williams 11-22, Clay Kelly 4-34, David Holiger 1-1, Anthony Alford 1-3
Passing — R: Raghib Ismail 6-11-1 65; A: Brylen Williams 7-21-1 95
Receiving — R: Nick Burns 3-37, Osh Derrick 1-12, Steven Houcks 2-16; A: Clay Kelly 1-34, Collin Scribner 1-6, Jack VerHoef 1-18, Robert DeLaTorre 2-15, Josh Giles 1-8, Tanner Buxton 1-14.