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DILLEY vs. CHARLOTTE @ GOSCH FIELD
Aranda rushes for 228 yards and three touchdowns as Wolves rout Trojans 39-0.
Although they led throughout, Dilley overcame three straight turnovers with a chance to put the game away in the second quarter en route to a 39-0 drubbing of Charlotte last Friday in the home opener at Gosch Field.
Sophomore Dorian Aranda scored on three consecutive possessions in the third and fourth quarters and ran for a team-high 228 yards as the Wolves finally put the Trojans away in the second half.
Deuce Cano ran for 52 yards and scored twice in the first half to put Dilley on top going into the half.
He went in from three yards out in the first as the Wolves went up 7-0 and then scored on a ten-yard run to open the second.
Much to the dismay of DHS AD and Head Football Coach David Silva, the Wolves then turned the ball over three times in the second on deep drives into Charlotte territory.
A pair of fumbles and an interception killed three scoring opportunites by Dilley and a chance to put the game away at the half.
Charlotte changed field position with the interception as they returned it to the Dilley eight with time winding down in the half. The Wolves’ defense turned away the Trojans on repeated attempts inside the five-yard line, however, to maintain their lead.
A big defensive stop keyed the Dilley scoring run in the third quarter. Clay Tom Hurt took down the Charlotte quarterback for a 20-yard loss on fourth down and the Wolves took possession at the Charlotte 23-yard line.
Aranda went in from 14 yards out for the first of his three scores. He added a ten-yard run with 1:41 remaining in the third and broke off a 75-yard scamper early in the fourth as the Dilley lead quickly jumped to 34-0.
Daniel Benavides capped the scoring with a 17-yard scamper.
Dilley finished with 459 yards of offense and 23 first downs while limiting Charlotte to a mere 76 yards and only two first downs.
Aranda accounted for 249 yards of total offense and three scores on only 15 touches.
Michael Rodriguez added 75 yards on 12 carries while Seth Cano tallied 55 yards on seven totes.
Dilley turned the ball over five times in the win while Charlotte only coughed it up once.
Defensively, Roman Martel had 16 total tackles while Santi Reyna had 11 tackles. Vicente Correa had nine tackles and Aiden Gonzalez had eight, including two for a loss and a fumble recovery. Hurt added seven tackles and a pair of sacks for the Wolves.
Sitting at 2-0, the Wolves will now take on rival Cotulla for the first time since 2018. COVID-19 nixed last year’s matchup and the Cowboys won the 2019 contest 13-6. Dilley won three straight prior to that and lead the overall series 40-28-3.