The Mathis Pirates had not been scored on after their first two games. It took the Tuloso-Midway Warriors less than two minutes to break that streak as they beat the Pirates 14-6.
"That team was really tough," Tuloso-Midway coach Joe Sendejar said. "I guarantee that they will make the playoffs. We’re just lucky that we were able to score one more touchdown than they did."
The Warriors finish the non-district season at 3-0 as they prepare to play the Laredo L.B.J. Wolves next Saturday to start district play. Fumbles were a major cause for the Pirates fall, committing six in the first half alone, losing three to the Warriors.
They did take an early 6-0 lead after Tuloso-Midway also had its share of mishaps with seven penalties in the first half. Three of those penalties happened back-to-back-to-back on first down in the first quarter.
"Penalties were killing us in the game," Sendejar said. "Had we had played a little cleaner, we could’ve made it a tougher game for them. We need to have minimal penalties when we play against Calallen, Alice and Flour Bluff, we can‘t commit so many penalties."
Quarterback Erik Alvarez threw for more than 100 yards in the first half, which included a touchdown pass.
He, too, is looking forward to the district season.
"It’s just going to get harder and harder and we’re just going to try to get better and better like we have all year," Alvarez said.
Late in the second quarter, Tuloso-Midway had the ball on the Mathis 45-yard line. After a nine-yard completion from Alvarez to Ryan Wilcox, Alvarez threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Deandre Darrington to increase the lead 14-0 after the two-point conversion.
"I knew that they were going to bring the rush hard, so I knew I had to put up a good passing game," Alvarez said. "I’ve been preparing to work on that all week."
Nearing the end of the game, the Pirates were finally able to score with less than three minutes to go in the game, but the extra point was no good.
Mathis tried the onside kick but they failed to get it back as Ramsey Gonzalez got the ball for the Warriors at their own 49-yard line.
After a successful non-district season, Sendejar is enjoying and soaking in their surprising start.
"From 0-10 last year to 3-0 right now, we are definitely turning the corner."
— Juan Carlos Reyes
Los Fresnos 35
The Calallen Wildcats dropped to 1-2 Friday night with a road-loss to the Los Fresnos Falcons, 35-19.
The Wildcats were doomed by five turnovers, including four fumbles. They had turnovers on their opening drives in both halves of the game. Calallen actually led the Falcons in first downs and total yardage.
Meanwhile, unbeaten Los Fresnos jumped out to a 28-7 lead by halftime.
C.C. Ray 44
The Corpus Christi Ray Texans looked like their old selves Friday night by going to the air to beat the Robstown Cotton Pickers, 44-10.
Robstown (0-3) allowed Ray to pass for 338 yards.
The Cotton Pickers did have some highlights like Jesus Guerrero’s 28-yard field goal and Andrew Tobias’ fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown.
Orange Grove 28
The Bulldogs jumped back into the win column Friday night with a convincing 28-7 victory against longtime rival Banquete.
Orange Grove was stingy defensively and surrendered only 141 yards in the victory over the previously unbeaten Bulldogs.
Jose Martinez put Orange Grove ahead early by scoring on a 27-yard run on the team’s first play.
Martinez led all rushers in the game with nine carries for 57 yards and two touchdowns. Kelton Craven led the Bulldogs’ passing attack by completing three of seven attempts for 58 yards and two touchdowns.
Ben Bolt 14
The Ben Bolt Badgers played with an 18-man roster against a Class 1A football rarity in which the Pettus Eagles did not have any players going both ways.
When it was all over and done with, Pettus had used their larger roster to its advantage and beat the Badgers, 48-14.
Ben Bolt struck first in the first quarter with a 14-yard run by running back Johnathan Lopez.
The Eagles quickly answered back two plays later with a 57-yard run by Eagle running back McKinzie Torres. The extra point was good and with 9:13 left on the clock it was a 6-7 Pettus game.
The Eagles scored again in the second quarter when Eagle running back Justin Duran scored his first of three touchdowns in the game on a 30-yard run. The extra point failed, and with 11:21 left in the second quarter the Eagles extended their lead to 13-6. Badger running back Isaac Garcia punched it in from the one yard line.
Garcia also ran for the two-point conversion to push the Badgers into the lead with 3:13 left in the first half.
The last of the first half scores occurred with 17 seconds left when Eagle running back Duran ran in from thre yards. The two-point conversion was successful on an Eagle pass play to Abraham Escamilla.
The second half was all Pettus.
San Diego 28
John Paul II 0
The San Diego Vaqueros rushed to a 28-0 win over John Paul II in front of a home crowd Friday night.
San Diego improved to 3-1 with the win. They picked up 285 rushing yards and had 18 first downs to John Paul’s five.
The Vaqueros lit up the scoreboard throughout the game, with Michael Perales hitting the end zone first on a two-yard run with 5:27 remaining in the first.
A Perales 16-yard run set the Vaqueros up at the nine, and Mario Madrigal took the team to the one-yard line.
Gonzalez dashed into the end zone to bring the score to 20-0 in the third.
Gonzalez’s two-yard scamper into the end zone capped off a 90-yard drive by the Vaqueros with 4:08 remaining in the third quarter.