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DISTRICT 15-3A, DIV. II FOOTBALL
Natalia routs Dilley for third straight year, claims district football opener 46-0.
Hot on the heels of a 4-0 start, Dilley faced their toughest opponent to date in Natalia in the District 15-3A, Division II opener and lost a 46-0 decision last Friday at Gosch Field.
Natalia has now won three straight contests in their series with Dilley, having won by a margin of 184-8. The win is only the sixth for the Mustangs over the last 33 games.
“They were, by far, the best team we’ve faced,” DHS AD and Head Football Coach David Silva said. “Their offensive execution was unstoppable, but, it just shows, as will this week, the two tenured coaches in this district are Natalia and Poth. Their systems are in and their boys know it.”
Natalia wasted little time jumping on the Wolves as they raced to a 26-0 first quarter lead and led 40-0 at the half.
Mustangs’ quarterback Ryan Rizo accounted for six of the team’s scores as she passed for four touchdowns and rushed for two more. He finished with 162 yards on 11 of 15 passing. He also rushed for 22 yards on seven carries.
Short-handed due to having a number of starters out of the lineup, Dilley struggled offensively against the Mustangs.
“We lost three key starters on Wednesday and we couldn’t overcome it,” Silva said. “But, I take nothing from Natalia, they are a good football team.”
Along with a strong offensive effort, the Mustangs’ defense was equally up to the task as they limited the Wolves offense to 56 yards on 34 plays. Dilley had been averaging nearly 300 yards rushing per game heading into the matchup and were limited to 49 yards last Friday.
The Mustangs, meanwhile, rolled up 372 yards of total offense on 53 plays. The controlled time of possession as well as they rushed for 237 yards. Dilley turned the ball over twice while Natalia played turnover-free.
Dorian Aranda led the Wolves with 20 yards rushing on six carries while Deuce Cano added 13 yards on 12 carries. Quarterback Seth Cano was two of three passing for seven yards. He also added 11 yards on the ground.
Defensively, Derik Garcia paced the team with 11 total tackles while Charles Morales added ten tackles, including one for a loss.
Aiden Gonzalez had nine tackles and Santi Reyna, Aranda and Roman Martel all had six total tackles with Reyna adding one tackle for a loss.
Dilley will have little time to regroup as they hit the road this week to take on the Poth Pirates.
“Poth will be big and physical, we have to keep them off balance and spread the ball around, and let playmakers make something happen in space,” Coach Silva said. “I was extremely happy with the boys never getting their heads down, we are headed in the right direction and will continue to get better with each game.”
The Pirates are 3-1 this season and 1-0 in league play. Poth, Natalia and Stockdale are all 1-0 in the standings while Karnes City and Nixon-Smiley join Dilley at 0-1 in district. George West opens league play this week against Nixon-Smiley.