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COTULLA COWBOYS FOOTBALL
Cotulla rolled up nearly 500 yards of offense in a shootout with Marion last Friday in the season and district debut for the Cowboys.
Marion held on for a 41-34 decision, taking advantage of eight Cotulla penalties and three turnovers.
“I’m extremely proud of the effort the kids put out,” CHS Athletic Director and Head Football Coach David Silva said. “Offensively, we executed the game plan perfectly.”
Penalties and turnovers were the keys to the contest. One flag negated a Cowboys’ interception for a score and another penalty negated a second turnover. That one eventually led to a Marion touchdown.
“As I mentioned earlier, we couldn’t have crucial penalties and we had a ‘pick six’ called back on an offsides call,” Silva said. “We had another interception nullified by a roughing the passer call. That one turned into a touchdown for Marion two plays later. But, we’ll get better every week and stay in the playoff chase.”
Cotulla opened the scoring as quarterback Eliahs Jones broke free on a 52-yard touchdown run and a 6-0 lead.
Marion came back to take a 7-6 lead. Cotulla countered with a 76-yard scoring run from Zerrick Benavides and a 12-7 advantage.
The Bulldogs stormed back in the second with a pair of runs and took a 21-15 lead into the half.
The teams then exchanged scores in the fourth as Marion held off the Cowboys for the win.
Jones led the team with 296 yards of offense and four touchdowns. He passed for 202 yards on eight of 11 passing and three touchdowns with an interception. He rushed for 94 yards and a score.
Benavides added 141 yards on only ten carries with a score.
Cotulla finished with 483 yards on 14 first downs.
With little room for error playing an entirely all district schedule, Cotulla will host Lytle this week and Randolph in two weeks before closing their schedule with three road games.
“Our next two games are crucial,” Silva said. “Both are at home (Lytle and Randolph), and then we finish with three in a row on the road.”
Lytle is 3-4 this season and 1-1 in league play. The Pirates fell 27-7 to Marion and edged Randolph 21-20 at home last week.