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PEARSALL MAVERICKS FOOTBALL
Hondo jumps out to quick start, routs Pearsall 52-0 in district opener.
A week after surrendering over 50 points to La Vernia, Pearsall dropped a 52-0 decision to rival Hondo in their District 15-4A, Division II opener last Friday at Barry Field.
The Owls entered the game coming off their only loss of the season and bounced back with a vengeance against the Mavericks.
Hondo scored twice in the first quarter, taking a 10-0 lead on a Brandon R. Garcia 31-yard field goal followed by a 16-yard touchdown pass from Brandon J. Garcia to Trey Dickens.
With a ten-point lead going into the second and Pearsall’s offense unable to gain any traction, the Owls broke the game open with a 35-point barrage.
Garcia scored three touchdowns for the Owls while Dickens added four scores.
Hondo opened the quarter with a 54-yard strike from Garcia to Shelton Luedke to make it 17-0. The Owls then pooch kicked the ensuing kickoff and recovered it. Garcia then brok off a 16-yard touchdown run less than a minute later as the Owls’ lead went to 24-0.
Dickens broke off 16-yard scoring run following another Pearsall punt as the Owls quickly made it 31-0 midway through the second quarter.
Dickens would add an eight-yard touchdown run after another quick Mavs’ possession and the Owls lead surged to 38-0.
Hondo put the icing on the half as Dickens barreled in from a yard out with 17 seconds remaining in the first half. Garcia’s extra point put the Owls in front by a commanding 45-0.
Hondo would add a third quarter touchdown to cap the scoring at 52-0.
Pearsall was held to its lowest offensive total in several years as they accounted for 38 yards and four first downs. The team rushed for only seven yards on 31 carries and had 31 yards passing on four of eight completions. The Mavs turned the ball over twice and punted eight times in the outing.
Hondo finished with 446 yards of offense and 24 first downs. The Owls’ balanced attack saw the team rush for 247 yards on 32 carries and pass for 199 yards on 13 of 15 passing.
Brady Blackburn was four of eight passing for Pearsall for 31 yards and an interception. He carried eight times for 36 yards in losses.
Marcos Rodriguez led the team with 23 yards rushing on eight carries while Joey Ramirez carried seven times for 17 yards. Joaquin Harper added seven yards on two carries.
Harper added 17 yards receiving on one reception while Ramirez hauled in two passes for 13 yards.
Hondo’s Garcia was 12 of 13 passing for 194 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 93 yards on eight carries and two more scores.
Dickens added 134 yards of offense as he rushed for 109 yards on 18 carries and three scores and also hauled in two receptions for 25 yards and a touchdown.
Luedke led Hondo with six receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown.
Pearsall dropped to 0-2 for the year and 0-1 in league play following the loss while Hondo improved to 5-1 for the season and 1-0 in district.
Devine and Crystal City are tied atop the standings with Hondo at 1-0 while Carrizo Springs and Bandera are tied with Pearsall at 0-1.
The Mavericks will be in Crystal City this week to take on the Javelinas in what now becomes a crucial league game for Pearsall. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m.