Although both teams combined for 25 penalties, the Sinton Pirates overcame their flag issues and beat the Robstown Cottonpickers 25-14 Friday night.
It was the Cottonpickers' fourth straight loss, ending their non-district season at 1-4.
It was also Robstown's first loss this season by more than 10 points.
Before Friday's game, the Pirates were 0-3 heading into Robstown, while averaging only two points per game.
In the first quarter, Sinton's defense helped score the first points in the game after Cottonpicker sophomore quarterback Joe Mungia threw an interception to defensive back Cody Moch, who ran it back 45 yards for a touchdown, giving the Pirates a 6-0 lead.
After the extra point was converted, Sinton was up 7-0, surpassing the most points scored by the Pirates in a game this season.
Robstown answered back later in the first quarter when sophomore running back Jordan Carter avoided two tackles during a 25-yard touchdown run. With the extra point, the game was tied 7-7 after the first quarter.
Right after the second quarter began, Mungia committed his second turnover of the game as he fumbled the ball. It was quickly recovered by Sinton's Nick Harris who returned it to the end zone from 43 yards away, giving the Pirates the lead back, 13-7, after the missed extra point attempt.
During the Cottonpickers' next possession, the crowd was silenced after Mungia was lying on the field after a 14-yard run helped Robstown get the first down on third and one.
Mungia hobbled off the field after injuring himself.
Chris Buentello took over for the rest of the game.
On third and 18 from Sinton's 35-yard line, Buentello threw a pass to receiver Jimmie Zamora, who found the end zone.
After the extra point was converted, the Cottonpickers had a slight 14-13 lead.
During the Pirates' next drive, Sinton was at Robstown's 18-yard line on fourth and nine.
Instead of kicking the field goal, Sinton went for it and succeeded when Josh Harrison found receiver Ram Sanchez in the end zone, giving the Pirates the lead back. It was another first for Sinton as that was the Pirates' first offensive touchdown of the season.
The officials cost Robstown an opportunity for a first down during the Cottonpickers' next possession late in the second half.
On third and 15, the scoreboard read third down, but the down-marker sign on the sidelines read fourth down. Robstown was without a timeout, and a furious Coach Doug Wood stormed onto the field.
The Cottonpickers punted on third down, costing them an opportunity to get the first down.
After a bizarre first half, the Pirates led 19-14.
It got worse for Robstown in the third quarter. On fourth and 15 on their own 8-yard line, the Cottonpickers were forced to punt. Kicker Estuardo Gonzalez fumbled the snap and Sinton had the ball at the Robstown 6-yard line.
The turnover resulted in another touchdown for the Pirates.
It was the third touchdown that resulted from a Cottonpicker turnover.
"It's been the same story every week." Wood said. "We need to stop beating ourselves, and we couldn't have made it any easier for them."
Robstown has the week off as they prepare for district play. First up for Robstown are the Tuloso-Midway Warriors at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct 12, at Cottonpicker Field.