PREMONT — It took four full quarters and three overtimes, but when it was finally over, the Premont Cowboys had their first win since bringing back football.
The Cowboys beat Marine Military Academy, 15-13, in three overtime periods Friday night at the newly-built Cowboys Stadium.
Premont and Marine Military Academy were tied after the fourth quarter. They remained scoreless through two overtime possessions, however in the third period, the Cowboys stepped up. Premont scored on a 12-yard run by Trey Davila. They tacked on two points with a two-point conversion when quarterback Jordan Gonzalez ran it in on a keeper.
Marine Military Academy took over for their possession and found their way in the end zone. The Bulldogs lined up for a two-point conversion to tie the game, but the Cowboys were able to foil the attempt by batting down a pass. The play sparked a celebration on the Premont sidelines. It was a victory celebration that was some seven years in the making.
Premont ISD shelved its football program, other sports and extracurricular activities after the 2011 season when the state began threatening to close the district because of poor academic performance, truancy and financial woes. To win Friday night and win in dramatic fashion was a historic moment for Premont High School, coach Ruben Cantu said.
“Man, winning was huge,” Cantu said. “The kids never gave up. Premont never gives up. That pretty much explains it. Premont never quits.”
Davila finished the game with 27 carries for 198 rushing yards and two touchdowns.