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PLEASANTON 52 – PEARSALL 0
Mavericks blanked for fourth consecutive week.
Turnovers and miscues proved once again to be Pearsall’s worst enemy as the Mavericks dropped a 52-0 non-district decision to Pleasanton last Friday at Eagle Stadium.
Trailing 7-0 in the first, the Mavericks marched down the field and were down to the Eagles’ 18-yard line when a pair of penalties backed them up. The team eventually turned it over on downs after failing to convert on fourth and eight.
Pleasanton went the length of the field on the ensuing possession and capped it with a 15-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter and never looked back.
The Pearsall defense still held up following the second Pleasanton score but a series of turnovers in the final minutes of the half turned the tide for the Eagles.
Pleasanton scored on a fourth down pass and recovered a pair of fumbles to put up 21 points in a span of less than two minutes to close the half.
Things unraveled quickly for the Mavericks after they surrendered a touchdown on a fourth down pass with 3:40 remaining in the second.
Pleasanton would recover a Pearsall fumble 40 seconds later at the Maverick 34. The Eagles needed only 51 seconds to get into the endzone on an eight-yard scoring pass. A 15-yard facemask penalty following a ten-yard pass handed Pleasanton 25 yards on the first play of the drive. Pearsall then fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Eagles recovered the loose ball at the Maverick 10-yard line.
One play later the Eagles turned what had been a 14-0 lead into a 35-0 advantage with a ten-yard scoring pass all within a matter of one minute and 44 seconds.
The Eagles’ Sean Ramos tossed four touchdown passes, all in the second quarter and finished with 131 yards on 12 of 15 passing.
Pleasanton would add a pair of touchdown runs in the second half and a 32-yard field goal to cap the scoring.
Pearsall finished with 155 yards of total offense and eight first downs but turned the ball over three times on fumbles and were penalized nine times for 65 yards in losses.
The Eagles rolled up 397 yards of offense and 25 first downs and rushed for 266 yards. Pleasanton had a single turnover and five penalties for 50 yards.
Joey Ramirez led the Mavericks with 75 yards of total offense, carrying ten times for 42 yards and hauling in a 33-yard reception.
Hector Monroy added 39 yards on ten carries while Orlando Selvera had 19 yards on six totes.
Quarterback Matthew Hughes was one of three passing for 33 yards and carries six times for a single yard.
Pearsall has a much-needed bye this week as they prepare for the District 15-4A, Division II opener against Hondo on October 8.
Preseason favorites to win the district following a 10-2 season a year ago, the Owls have struggled out of the gates in 2021, opening 0-3. Hondo dropped a 33-23 decision to 2-3 San Antonio Memorial in their opener, then had a non-district outing against Lytle cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. The team fell 38-20 to rival 1-4 Uvalde and are coming off a 35-31 loss to 5-0 3A Marion. The Owls take on Comfort this week.