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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Dilley drums La Pryor 48-8; sets up key district outing this week against 3-1 Natalia.
There’s a loud buzz in Dilley surrounding the Wolves’ 4-0 start this season, especially after the team crushed La Pryor 48-8 before a Homecoming crowd last Friday at Gosch Field.
The Wolves snapped a 19-game skid this year and have turned things around in Athletic Director and Head Football Coach David Silva’s first year.
“Yes, the boys and the community are fired up,” he said. “I’m extremely happy for both and glad to see the excitement back in Dilley.”
The Bulldogs, who had not played a game since a season-opening loss to Cotulla, pushed the Wolves early but a 21-point second quarter put the game away early for Dilley.
Michael Rodriguez scored three of the Wolves first four touchdowns and Derik Garcia hauled in two touchdown passes from Seth Cano as Dilley scored 42 unanswered points after La Pryor took an early 8-6 lead.
Rodriguez broke off a 58-yard scoring run in the first as Dilley went up 6-0. La Pryor countered with a 26-yard touchdown pass and converted for two to go up 8-6 in the first.
Dilley answered as Rodriguez had scoring runs of 15 and 50 yards as the Wolves regained a 20-8 lead.
Garcia then hauled in a 35-yard strike from Cano as the lead went to 27-8 going into the half.
Garcia added a 19-yard touchdown reception in the third and Cano called his own number from a yard out as Dilley cruised to a 41-8 advantage going into the fourth.
Jonavyn Gonzalez added a two-yard score in the fourth to cap the scoring for the Wolves.
The Wolves rolled up 432 yards of offense and 22 first downs while the defense limited La Pryor to only 99 yards of total offense and five first downs.
Dilley has allowed only 14 points all season on the defensive end.
Rodriguez led the team with 128 yards rushing on 12 carries and three touchdowns. Cano was six of seven passing for 83 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 83 yards on ten carries.
Gonzalez tallied 48 yards on four totes with a touchdown while Santi Reyna and Deuce Cano both had 29 yards apiece. Dorian Aranda finished with 28 yards on six carries. Garcia hauled in five passes for 80 yards and two scores.
On the defensive side, Roman Martel led the team with 12 tackles while Charles Morales added 11 tackles and three for a loss. Clay Tom Hurt had seven tackles, a sack, a tackle for a loss and recovered a fumble.
Dilley’s win set up a huge District 15-3A, Division II opener against Natalia this week. The Mustangs are 3-1 this season and coming off an emotional 41-0 Legacy Bowl victory over rival Lytle.
“Natalia is a 19-point favorite and they’ve put it on us last couple of years, both will serve as motivators for the team this Friday night,” Silva said. “We must have no turnovers and limit penalties, they’re by far the best overall team we’ve faced in the regular season.
“We need to limit their big plays and win the special teams battle. Our pass defense will be tested this week. Offensively, we are getting better and still incorporating some of the package, little at a time,” the coach said. “We get a couple of boys back that we were missing last week, so, that will be a big plus for us.”
Natalia has had limited success against the Wolves, winning only five games in their last 32 outings but have combined to outscore Dilley 138-8 in the last two matchups, 71-0 and 67-8 victories.
Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Gosch Field in Dilley.