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DILLEY VS. COTULLA @GOSCH FIELD
Osio nails 24-yard field goal in waning moments to lift Dilley past Cotulla 9-6.
In yet another hotly contested affair, the Wolves edged by Cotulla 9-6 on a last second field goal to claim the annual IH-35 rivalry contest between the two schools last Friday at Gosch Field in Dilley
Josiah Osio booted a 24-yard field goal with 14 seconds remaining to break a 6-6 tie and give the Wolves a three point victory, their first in the series since a 19-12 decision in 2017.
“Josiah has worked daily to get better kicking and it showed, he also did an outstanding job of punting. This was a great win for the program,” DHS AD and Head Football Coach David Silva said. “Dilley-Cotulla is always a battle.
“The boys have worked hard since my arrival back on March 8 and we set four goals: break the streak, beat Cotulla, win Homecoming and have a winning season; we are halfway there.”
Dilley snapped a 19-game losing streak with a 21-0 win over Sabinal in their 2021 season opener and topped Cotulla this week and will host 0-1 La Pryor this week for Homecoming. The Bulldogs opened the year with a 47-12 loss to Cotulla and have had their last two games cancelled.
“Wolf Pride was very evident Friday night,” Silva said. “Linemen and Linebacker Challenges are in the Summer but football games are decided on the field and the Wolves now have bragging rights for one year. I’m extremely proud of the boys and the coaching staff.”
The Cowboys actually struck first in the contest, scoring on a one-yard touchdown run by Hilberto Soto in the second quarter to grab a 6-0 lead. Dilley countered with a one-yard score from Seth Cano to tie things up 6-6.
Both defenses played well as neither offense was able to successfully crack the scoreboard for much of the night. Dilley accounted for 259 yards of total offense and eight first downs while Cotulla tallied 293 yards and 16 first downs.
Seth Cano paced the Wolves as he accounted for 215 yards of total offense and a touchdown. He went eight of 19 for 157 yards passing and rushed for 58 yards on ten carries.
Derik Garcia was on the receiving end with five catches for 10 yards. Dorian Aranda, who rushed for 200 yards a week ago, was limited to 21 yards on five carries.
Hilberto Soto and Joseph Salazar combined to go six of 17 for 120 yards with one interception for Cotulla.
The Cowboys ran for 167 yards as four runners topped 30 yards. Salazar led the way with 39 yards on nine carries. Soto added 38 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown.
Thallan Olivarri hauled in three catches for Cotulla for 101 yards.
Each team had a pair of turnovers while Cotulla was penalized ten times for 67 yards in losses and Dilley was flagged three times for 35 yards.
The loss was the second in as many weeks for the Cowboys following a season-opening win over La Pryor. Both losses were by a combined four points.
Dilley, meanwhile, sits 3-0 and will host a rusty La Pryor team this week anxious to play after sitting out for two weeks. The Wolves will also try to shake off the lingering effects of a big rivalry win.
“La Pryor will come in healthy and rested, they have not played in two weeks and we went to work Monday with the attitude of not letting up and get better in all phases of the game,” Coach Silva said of his team’s attitude this week.
Cotulla will return home to face a hot Carrizo Springs Wildcats squad. The Wildcats were 4-7 a year ago and opened with four straight losses. This year the team is unbeaten and have not allowed a single point all season. They knocked off Uvalde 30-0, topped San Antonio St. Anthony 47-0 and blanked Manor New Tech 54-0.
Game times for both Dilley and Cotulla are at 7:30 p.m.