After getting blown out by the Frisco Thunder last week, the Corpus Christi Hammerheads survived a scare against the San Angelo Stampede Express. The Hammerheads escaped a huge upset beating them 60-53 at Angelo State University.
Quarterback Dustin Almond excelled for the Hammerheads completing 21 of 36 passes for 237 yards and six touchdowns with one interception.
Corpus Christi receiver Reuben Flowers stood out with one his best performances this year catching six receptions for 107 yards and three touchdowns.
The difficult part for the Hammerheads was not scoring. Their problems were with keeping San Angelo from the end zone.
Every time Corpus Christi put up a touchdown, the Stampede struck back.
The Hammerheads had their largest lead of the game near the end of the second quarter. Quarterback Dustin Almond and the rest of the team decide to go for it on fourth and goal from their own 9-yard line.
Almond completed a 41-yard touchdown pass to receiver Ed Giddings putting Corpus Christi well ahead of San Angelo 30-14
But the Stampede scored just 16 seconds later as Quarterback David Vinson found receiver Chris Murray on a 20-yard touchdown pass keeping the game close. After successfully getting the two-point conversion, San Angelo was now down, 30-22 as the first half came to a close.
The Stampede wasted no time in scoring as the second half began. San Angelo returned the kickoff to the Hammerhead 12-yard line.
Vinson threw his second straight touchdown pass to Murray tying the game 30-30.
The Hammerheads were able to pull away and had a commanding 60-46 lead with 3:46 left after an Almond touchdown pass to Flowers.
After grabbing an interception from the Stampede, the Hammerheads looked to have the game on lock, but an interception thrown by Almond to San Angelo's Terrale Bush gave them some hope.
Bush ran it back to the endzone narrowing Corpus Christi's lead, 60-53 with 1:25 left in the game.
The Hammerheads held on for the close victory moving them to 4-1 on the season. The Stampede remain winless at 0-5.
Corpus Christi is back home at the Citgo Pavillion Arena Saturday night to face the Fairbanks Grizzlies.
Faribanks is currently 1-5 and have yet to win a road game this season.
Kickoff for the game is 6:05 p.m.