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HOLY CROSS 49 – PEARSALL 0
Mavericks suffer third straight shutout loss in San Antonio.
Turnovers and poor field position proved costly early on for Pearsall as Holy Cross jumped out to a 28-0 first quarter lead en route to a 49-0 non-district win last Friday in San Antonio.
The Knights led 14-0 midway through the first as Xavier Garza returned a Maverick punt 85 yards for a score while Joe Angel Perez capped a second drive with a ten-yard rushing touchdown.
A Pearsall turnover on the Mavs third possession gave Holy Cross the ball at the Maverick 16-yard line. The Knights would capitalize in two plays as Perez went in from 16 yards out with 4:56 remaining in the first.
Gibby Alvarado then found Tye Phillips on a 15-yard strike to end the first quarter and give Holy Cross a 28-0 advantage.
A short kickoff and good return set up the Mavericks near midfield but a false start and fumbled snap moved them back. Back-to-back penalties for roughing the passer and targeting moved the Mavs to the Holy Cross 30 but an interception gave the ball right back to the Knights with 37 seconds remaining in the half.
Holy Cross took advantage, moving the ball down the field and scoring on a 35-yard strike from Alvarado to Phillips as time expired.
“The boys and coaches have a lot of confidence but it’s the inconsistency that hurts us offensively, which puts us in a bind defensively,” PHS AD and Head Football Coach Edward Bocanegra said of his team’s effort. “We know what we are capable of and you can see it in spurts but that’s not enough against the quality teams we’ve been playing, it has to be done consistently.
“We have to do better in taking care of the ball on the center/quarterback exchange in the gun. Once we got into the Slot, we were able to move the ball because the exchange was a lot better. We hadn’t gotten into the Slot since week one, but we were still able to execute, move the ball and take time off the clock.”
Holy Cross added a pair of scores in the third to cap the scoring as Alvarado connected on a 55-yard pass to Garza and Perez went in from seven yards out.
The Knights rolled up 346 yards of total offense and 14 first downs while rushing for 173 yards. They did not turn the ball over. Pearsall, meanwhile, mustered only 79 yards of offense and three first downs. The Mavericks turned the ball over three times.
Joey Ramirez led the team with 51 yards on 12 carries while Matthew Hughes rushed for 23 yards on eight carries and also went two of eight passing for 29 yards and two interceptions.
“We are a young, good and talented team and the goal for this week is to execute and we know we can do it,” he said. “We have to do a better job of being consistent offensively and keep our defense off the field. That’s the focus for this week, maintain and finish drives.”
Pearsall will hit the road for a fifth straight week this Friday as they take on the Pleasanton Eagles. Delays in construction of the new lighting at Mack Laxson Field have forced Pearsall to change venues for a third time this season.
A scrimmage against Dilley and games against San Antonio Lanier and Pleasanton were all played at the opponents’ home fields.
Pleasanton enters their contest against Pearsall with a 3-1 mark and have won two straight following a 19-17 loss at Antonion. The Eagles have reeled off impressive wins over Jourdanton 42-26 and Devine, 35-12 the last two weeks.