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DILLEY WOLVES FOOTBALL
Rocksprings offense rolls in 30-20 victory over Dilley.
Dilley fell to 0-2 for the year following a high-scoring 30-20 loss to the Rocksprings Angoras on Friday night at Gosch Field.
Cristian Aranda put up a thrilling performance, scoring three touchdowns, including a pair of long runs to keep the Wolves within striking distance but the Angoras scored late to hold off any Dilley rally.
Aranda put Dilley on the board in the first when he broke free on a 68-yard scoring run with 4:29 remaining in the first quarter.
The extra point attempt failed and the Wolves led 6-0.
Rocksprings answered with a lengthy drive to end the first and capped it with a one-yard touchdown run. The team went for two and converted to grab an 8-6 advantage.
The Angoras struck again midway through the second as they capped another drive with a five-yard touchdown run. Another two-point conversion put Rocksprings up 16-6 with 6:45 remaining in the half.
Dilley showed promise on a possession just before the half as they drove the length of the field to the Angoras’ 11-yard line but Aranda’s pass was intercepted in the endzone. Dilley’s shot at cutting into the margin ended with 34 seconds remaining until intermission.
The Wolves went three-and-out to open the third quarter and Rocksprings took advantage. The Angoras extended their lead as Christian Montoya took the handoff and went 65 yards for another score as Rocksprings extended the lead to 24-6.
Dilley countered with a big play of its own as Aranda broke left, then changed direction and went upfield, stiff-arming a defender before sprinting to the endzone on a 58-yard touchdown run.
His second score of the night cut the margin to 24-12 as Dilley tried to keep pace with the Angoras.
The big blow came in the fourth quarter as Rocksprings went on another lengthy drive and capped it with a one-yard touchdown run to open the fourth. Another two-point conversion gave Rocksprings a 30-12 lead.
Dilley pulled within ten points once again in the fourth as Aranda connected with Carlos Gonzales on a 14-yard strike. That play followed a 56-yard run from Jaren Aranda that put the Wolves in scoring position.
Aranda connected with Gonzales on the two-point play as Dilley made it 30-20.
Rocksprings held off the Wolves with their rushing attack, grinding out the clock to secure the win.
The Angoras rushed for 295 yards on 44 attempts and totalled 342 yards of offense.
Aranda led the Wolves’ attack with 219 total yards and three touchdowns. He rushed for 143 yards on 13 carries with two scores and added 76 yards passing, going five of 11 and another touchdown.
Jaren Aranda and Gonzales added 86 yards rushing for the Wolves. Gonzales also had three receptions for 28 yards and a score.
Dilley will travel to Natalia this week as the team opens District 16-3A, Division II play. Natalia is 1-1 this season after coming off a 26-14 win in the Legacy Bowl against long-time rival Lytle. The Mustangs opened up the year with a 49-24 loss to state-ranked Jourdanton.
Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Mustang Stadium.