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High School Football: Premont's season ends with bi-district loss to Three Rivers

Rey Castillo
Alice Echo News Journal

THREE RIVERS –– It wasn’t easy for Premont coach Ruben Cantu to watch another successful season come to a close on Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.

The Cowboys fell short of advancing in the playoffs after a 35-14 loss to Three Rivers in the Class 2A Division I bi-district round. 

Premont concludes its season at 5-4 and ends the year as District 16-2A Division I champions. 

“It was a big deal for our kids and our community to accomplish our goal of winning a district title this year,” Cantu said. “It was huge for us to be able to accomplish that. Making it back to playoffs isn’t easy."

It was Premont's second consecutive playoff appearance in the program's third season returning to football.

It was also the Cowboys' first season in Division I after playing the last two years in Division II. 

“It’s a tough transition," Cantu said. "It's always tough when you're going up, but it said a lot of our program winning district. It says a lot about our kids."

The Bulldogs (4-4) finished with 315 yards of offense to advance to the area round to play Ganado, a 55-14 winner over Johnson City at 7 p.m. Thursday at Victoria Memorial Stadium. 

Freshman quarterback Caden Soliz passed for 123 yards and two touchdowns to lead Three Rivers. Rigoverto Sanchez and Zachary Davis rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Bulldogs' running game. 

“Our kids fought," Cantu said. "We turned the ball over four times which hurt us but at the same time, I’m not going to take anything away form Three Rivers. They are very physical and very fast. We couldn’t catch them and defensively, they were all over us."

NOTE: Premont will graduate 12 seniors in this spring, but plan to return 16 players next season.