Early score was all Longhorns had

Arty Maldonado, Special to the Alice Echo-News Journal

PETTUS Going into Friday's game the Longhorns (0-3) were already at a disadvantage with five of their starters out with injuries. However, the Agua Dulce offense marched 61 yards down the field on their opening possession, and capped off the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run from senior quarterback Ruben Hernandez.

It would be the Longhorns' first and only touchdown the entire game. The Pettus Eagles (3-0) stellar defensive stands forced Agua Dulce to punt every other possession and went on to win, 52-8.

"We moved the ball very well, but when one of our players gets injured, we lose depth," said Longhorn head coach Don Gronbach.

The Longhorns' defense did not seem to be intimidated by the Eagles size advantage on the first drive, forcing them to go three and out on their first series.

Following the Eagles first and only punt, their offense went on to score 52 unanswered points. Pettus quarterback Jake Stanley was impressive with a completion percentage of over 75 percent. Pettus took advantage of several Longhorn mistakes, by scoring a touchdown on every turnover and every possession. Despite the loss, Gronbach was still very optimistic with the way his team played.

"Pettus couldn't score on any of their two-point conversion attempts, which was a big boost for our defense," he said. "Our guys played with a lot of heart, Pettus is just a good football team with a lot of size and speed. We just have to cut down on our mistakes and we should be fine next week."