Cowboys drop second nail-biter in as many weeks in district 32-2A

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

BISHOP In a back-and-forth game at Ed Gorny Stadium in Bishop, the Bishop Badgers outlasted the Premont Cowboys Friday night to earn a victory, 32-35.

Trailing 24-35 with less than four minutes to go in the game, the Premont Cowboys were pushed back to their own 15-yard line, and faced a fourth down with 15 yards to go. Under pressure, Cowboys Quarterback Steven Cavazos rolled to his right and threw a high spiral that was tipped by two defenders near midfield, before falling into the waiting arms of Premont receiver Roel Garcia. Garcia spun toward the endzone, and beat the Bishop secondary in a foot race to the goal line, finally crossing for an 85-yard touchdown return with 3:38 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys tacked on another two points after the touchdown, bringing the score to 32-35.

Premont attempted the onside kick, but the Badgers were able to scoop up the loose ball and retain possession. Bishop then used seven-plays to run out the clock, holding on for the three-point win.

Following the game, Bishop Head Coach Barry Wolf said he was challenging his team to finish the season strong in a muddled District 32-2A.

"We've been telling our kids that we've got to win three games to get into the playoffs, so we had to win here," Wolf said. "If we can go 4-2, we should be in the playoffs."

Bishop started off the scoring early in the first quarter, on a 64-yard run by Josh Alvarado off a shovel pass from Michael Ortega.

The Cowboys answered in the second period, scoring on a reception by Juan Hinojosa, and then by blocking a punt that gave them field position for a 9-yard touchdown run by Cavazos, putting the Cowboys up 16-7 with 6:44 to go in the first half.

Bishop answered before the break, however, when Ortega picked up a fumbled snap and ran 5-yards for a touchdown. The extra point attempt missed wide right, allowing Premont to take a 16-13 into the half.

Bishop scored twice in the third quarter, first on a 57-yard reception by Anthony Perea, followed by a two point conversion, and then a two-yard touchdown run by Victor Caldera.

With 10:44 remaining in the fourth quarter, Cavazos connected with Ruben Gonzalez for a 7-yard touchdown reception, followed by a two-point conversion that brought the score to 24-28.

Cavazos finished the game completing 15 of 35 passes for 162 yards, with two interceptions and three touchdowns. He also rushed 20 times for 80 yards and one touchdown.

The Badgers scored their last touchdown on an 11-yard quarterback keeper by Ortega, and then kicked the extra point for a 35-24 lead the Cowboys would fall just short of matching.

With the win, the Badgers bring their record to 2-6 (2-2), locked with Freer for the fourth spot in the district and just one game behind the number two and three teams, Banquete and Hebbronville. The Cowboys fall to 2-7 (1-4), with Hebbronville on the schedule for Premont's final game of the season next week.