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UIL STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Pirates top Mavericks 57-8 in bi-district playoff at Floresville.
Pearsall’s turbulent 2020 football season came to an end on Thursday, November 12 with a 57-8 bi-district playoff loss to the Sinton Pirates at Floresville’s Eschenburg Field.
The Pirates rolled out to a 22-0 first half lead and were up 43-0 through three quarters of play.
The Mavericks clinched the school’s 32nd playoff berth following a 2-4 pandemic-shortened season. The team had a delayed start to its year as school officials did not allow extracurricular activities while students were remote learning but finally allowed workouts to begin August 17. The team held one scrimmage on September September 24 and opened the regular season a month late on September 30.
“We are very proud of the boys and their resilience,” PISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Edward Bocanegra said of Pearsall’s season. “All that they have gone through this year with no offseason, no summer workouts, beginning practices in August and continuing that practice for eight weeks without a game.
“We played two really tough teams in Southside (scrimmage) and La Vernia, then straight into district. Not the ideal situation, but we had to do it.”
Pearsall clinched the fourth and final playoff spot with a 24-22 win over Bandera in the season finale and returned to the postseason for the first time since 2018.
“We told them during the week that they get to write their own story,” Bocanegra said of clinching a playoff berth. “We all have stories about athletics, but that they are continuing to write theirs, and they have an unbelievable story to tell and they had to do what it takes during the week to be able to continue writing their story, and they responded.”
With a short week, the Mavs traveled to Floresville Thursday evening and injuries took their toll early in the lopsided loss. Starting safety, punter and backup quarterback Mark Ovalle was hampered by an ankle injury to open the game and the Mavs lost starting running back Joey Ramirez in the second quarter and quarterback Brady Blackburn in the third quarter.
Sophomore wide receiver Matthew Hughes had to step in at quarterback in the third for the Mavericks.
Sinton utilized a strong running game behind quarterback and running back combo Rylan and Rene Galvan.
Rene Galvan opened the scoring with an 11-yard run midway through the first quarter on the Pirates’ opening drive. Sinton would add a safety after a snap went over Blackburn’s head on a punt. Galvan made it 15-0 late in the first after a short, six-yard score.
Rylan Galvan added a three-yard score early in the second as Sinton took a 22-0 halftime lead.
The Pirates fumbled three times in the first half but recovered all three. They then put the game away in the third, scoring three times to make it 43-0.
Pearsall avoided the shutout in the fourth with a touchdown pass to Elijah Hernandez. The two-point play was also successful.
With at least ten underclassmen seeing significant playing time, especially along the offensive and defensive fronts, Bocanegra is excited about his team’s potential for growth.
“The expectation of being in the postseason has started with this group for the program,” the coach said. “We have great kids who have the competitiveness to continue that expectation for years to come, even into the junior high level. These boys understand what it’s going to take to continue that success and they’re hungry. I’m excited for the future of Pearsall Maverick Football.”