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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Turnovers, miscues plague Pearsall in shutout loss.
Pearsall miscues and turnovers led directly to points for Lanier as the Voks rolled to a 40-0 shutout of the Mavericks in the first meeting between the two schools last Thursday in San Antonio.
An interception for a score and two other fumbles led to 19 points for the Voks in the first half. Defensively, the Mavs forced Lanier into a third and 31 situation on a fourth drive, only to see the Voks convert for a first down. They eventually capped that drive with another score.
Andrew Guerrero stepped in front of a Matthew Hughes pass and raced 36 yards the other way for the game’s first points with 2:30 remaining in the first.
Lanier then pounced on a Pearsall fumble in the second quarter near midfield and turned that into a Mario Torres two-yard touchdown and a 13-0 lead early in the stanza.
After converting on the third and 31, Lanier turned that drive into an eight-yard Nathaniel Burciaga score and a 19-0 advantage.
One of the few bright spots in the first half for Pearsall also turned sour as the team converted on a fake punt only to see the play called back on a penalty. The ensuing punt attempt was fumbled as the ball sailed over the punter’s head. Lanier recovered at the Maverick 19-yard line and would score with six seconds remaining in the half. Xavier Tellez hit Ezequiel Garcia from two yards out to make it 25-0.
The Voks added touchdowns in each of the final two quarters to pull away for the 40-0 win.
Pearsall lost three of five turnovers and was limited to 64 total yards of offense and five first downs. The Mavs were limited to only 53 yards rushing on 32 carries and went one of 11 passing for 11 yards and two interceptions.
Lanier rolled up 246 yards of total offense and 18 first downs.
A week after running for over 150 yards, Joey Ramirez was limited to 35 yards on 18 carries. Joaquin Harper added 27 yards on seven carries and Sebastian Talamantes carried twice for 13 yards.
Hughes was one of seven passing for 11 yards and two picks.
Pearsall will look to rebound this week as they hit the road to take on the winless Beeville Jones Trojans at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Beeville.
Beeville dropped decisions to Corpus Christi Flour Bluff 39-14 and Victoria West 41-22.