KINGSVILLE?— Leading by a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter things looked good for the H.M. King Brahmas thanks to their defense.
Two big plays later however, the Brahmas were quickly on the opposite end of a victory, losing 14-7 to the Laredo Cigarroa Toros on Homecoming night Friday at Javelina Stadium.
The loss dropped H.M. King to 0-1 in District 31-4A and 1-3 overall. The Toros, who did all their scoring in the final six minutes, improved to 1-0 and 2-2.
"This district is tough and even though it was an ugly game we’ll take the win," Cigarroa head coach Manny Martinez said. "Kingsville came out playing tough…we got lucky with those two big plays."
The Brahmas offensive woes continued but its defense kept them in the game while offensive threat Travis King and the Bulls tried to find the end zone again.
Despite having their chances, the Brahmas couldn’t find the end zone and the Toros did when they needed it.
"Our defense is going to be there every game," Cigarroa’s Martinez said. "Our offense struggles on the road, but to reach our goal of the playoffs, we had to win this game to have a chance."
H.M. King put the Brahmas on top in the first quarter scampering 11 yards for the game’s first points. Luke Waddingham’s point-after-attempt gave H.M. King a 7-0 lead with 4:12 left in the frame.
It remained that way until late in the fourth quarter when the Toros finally found a way to beat the Brahmas’ tough defense.
Cigarroa’s Marcus Gutierrez ripped two touchdown runs, the first on a 60 screen pass and the game-winner on a 40-yard jaunt to spoil the Brahmas’ Homecoming festivities.
Gutierrez’ 60-yard score with 6:17 to play tied the game at 7-7 when the Brahmas defense looked ready to stop the Toros at midfield. His 40-yard run proved to be the game winner with 1:05 left in the game.
King led the Brahmas with 65 yards rushing on 14 carries, Nick Garcia added 54 yards on 13 touches and Omar Castillo had 19 on three rushes.
Marcus Ramirez had two catches for 14 yards for the Brahmas and Garcia and Andrew Rivas had 11 and 10 yards each.
King was 5 of 8 with one interception for 25 yards passing.
H.M. King had 160 total yards of offense, including 135 yards on the ground.
Cigarroa finished with 199 total offensive yards – 132 passing and 67 rushing.
The Brahmas return to action against their long time rivals the Alice Coyotes on Friday night at 7:30 at Alice’s Memorial Stadium. The Brahmas next home game is Friday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. against Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway.
HMK makes it first trip to the border Friday, Oct. 17, when it faces the Laredo Nixon Mustangs at 7:30 p.m. at Shirley Field.