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2020 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
In a see-saw affair, Cotulla rallied from a 13-0 deficit to grab a 21-10 lead, only to see Lytle come right back and score 19 straight points and hold on for a wild 29-27 win in District 14-3A, Division I action last Friday.
The loss marked the second straight narrow miss for Cotulla as the Cowboys dropped a one score decision a week ago.
“We just learn from our mistakes, correct them and just keep getting better each week,” CHS Athletic Director and Head Football Coach David Silva said. “No excuses.
“I’m so proud of these boys and the effort they give. Again, we are happy to be playing and having some normalcy in our lives.”
The win puts a wrinkle in Cotulla’s playoff plans as the team will now need to win at least three of its remaining four games to have a shot at qualifying. Among the teams in those four games are Poteet (5-2) and Jourdanton (7-1).
“We still have to win three out of four for a shot,” Silva said. “Four in a row and we are definitely in.”
Penalties and turnovers once again plagues Cotulla as the Cowboys lost two fumbles and were flagged nine times for 60 yards in losses. Both are key elements in turning things around.
Cotulla was shut out in the first half as Lytle grabbed a 10-0 lead at the break.
The Cowboys stormed back in the third fourth with three straight scores as they bounced back to grab a 21-10 advantage.
Jesse Sanchez went in from a yard out and Hilberto Soto returned a Lytle fumble for another score. Sanchez then had a five-yard score in the fourth.
The Pirates, however, outscored Cotulla 19-6 down the stretch in the fourth to pull away for the win.
Cotulla had a last-chance effort to pull out the win following Thallan Olivarri’s 23-yard touchdown from Eliahs Jones. The two-point conversion to tie it fell short, however.
Jones finished with 133 yards of total offense and a touchdown. He was six of 16 passing for 65 yards and also rushed for 68 yards.
Zerrick Benavides added 52 yards on 11 carries and Andres Cruz had 50 yards on seven totes.
Cotulla had 258 yards of offense and 12 first downs. The team ran for nearly 200 yards.
Cotulla will host one more district outing this week as they play host to Universal City Randolph. The Ro-Hawks are 3-3 and 1-2 in league play this year and coming off of back-to-back losses. The team dropped a 21-20 decision to Lytle two weeks ago and lost 41-20 to Jourdanton last Friday.