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PEARSALL VS. BURBANK @ SAISD SPORTS COMPLEX
Burbank rallies with 17 second half points to topple Mavericks 17-7 in 2021 debut.
Pearsall scored on the first play of the season but was blanked for the remainder of the night in dropping a 17-7 decision to the San Antonio Burbank Bulldogs in the 2021 football opener last Thursday.
Joey Ramirez took a handoff and went off tackle for 84 yards on the first play from scrimmage as the Mavericks grabbed an early 7-0 lead.
Both defenses played well and some penalty-laden offensive series left the score through the first half. Burbank turned the tide in the third as they scored on their first offensive snap of the half as Andrew Buentello broke free on a 65-yard scamper. Ramiro Salazar then hauled in an acrobatic 27-yard touchdown reception and Arturo Martinez booted a 27-yard field goal as the Bulldogs blanked Pearsall 17-0 in the second half to collect the win.
“We had lots of bright spots, our defense played extremely well and made some key stops and turnovers,” PHS AD and Head Football Coach Edward Bocanegra said. “The interception by Elijah Luna in the end zone put a stop to Burbank’s drive in the first quarter to keep them out. Corbin Norris and Jorge Herrada both had interceptions as well.
“Offensively we did a good job but the center-quarterback exchange out of the gun hurt us a few times, causing timing issues, busted plays and turnovers. Going out of the gun is something our kids are not accustomed to and they will get better with time and be more consistent, but this is something that is fixable.
“Joey Ramirez played a great game with 156 yards rushing on 19 carries and one reception for 16 yards,” the coach said. “Joaquin Harper also did a great job for us in the return game with 55 return yards on three punt returns and 47 return yards on two kickoff returns.”
A lack of in-game action in the preseason also factored in to Pearsall’s effort, according to Bocanegra.
“Missing the first scrimmage did hurt because of the size and speed that Somerset presents, which would have better prepared us for the type of game Burbank presented.”
Somerset cancelled its scheduled August 12 scrimmage with Pearsall due to COVID-19 issues.
Despite everything, the Maverick defense played well, collecting three interceptions and allowing only three points on a pair of redzone possessions. They also limited the Bulldogs to only 201 yards of total offense and eight first downs.
Pearsall’s inability to sustain drives proved problematic as, aside from Ramirez’ 84-yard score, the team accounted for only 101 yards of offense and ten first downs.
Pearsall ran for 169 yards on 44 carries and had 16 passing yards.
Ramirez finished with 156 yards on 19 carries and a score. Joaquin Harper, who had several nice runs on special teams, rushed for 19 yards on five totes. Sebastian Talamantes also added 22 yards on nine carries.
Matthew Hughes went two of nine passing for 15 yards.
Although Pearsall won the turnover margin 3-2, they put the ball on the ground four times, losing two fumbles.
Both teams also combined for 20 penalties and 150 yards in losses.
With construction issues at Mack Laxson Field resulting in half the field being without lights, PISD has rescheduled this week’s contest with San Antonio Lanier. Pearsall will once again travel to the SAISD Sports Complex to take on the Voks this Thursday at 7 p.m. This marks the first-ever meeting between the two schools.