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DISTRICT 14-4 A, DIV II FOOTBALL
Late first-half score swings momentum, Hondo cruises to 56-13 win in league opener.
Turnovers fueled a Hondo scoring surge as the Owls broke open what had been a tight game in the first half en route to a 56-13 rout of the Mavericks during Homecoming on Friday night at Mack Laxson Field.
Pearsall fumbled the ball seven times and lost four in the loss to the Owls, the tenth straight defeat in the series between the two schools.
The Mavericks’ first turnover came minutes into the contest as on a fourth down punt attempt, the snap sailed over the punter’s head and into the endzone where Hondo recovered it for a score.
Pearsall would answer later in the first quarter as Matthew Hughes connected with Elijah Luna on a 34-yard scoring pass. The extra point attempt failed and the Mavs trailed 7-6 with 2:30 remaining in the quarter.
The Owls added to their lead early in the second as Carson Winchester capped a drive with a five-yard touchdown run to make it 14-6.
Hondo was then driving deep into Pearsall territory but were stopped on downs. Pearsall took over but fumbled it right back in one play and the Owls recovered at the Maverick 15-yard line. The Owls capitalized two plays later to go up 21-6.
That then kicked off a strange series of events that featured a slew of penalties on both teams.
The Owls were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct following the score and it was enforced on the kickoff, resulting in a big Pearsall return. Hondo was flagged twice on the return for a block in the back and a late hit out of bounds, setting up the Mavs at the 15-yard line.
Pearsall had a holding call that moved it back to the 25 and the team eventually threw incomplete on fourth down. A roughing penalty on the Owls, however, put Pearsall back at the nine-yard line with a first and goal to go.
The Mavericks proceded to go backwards from there as they were called for a late hit, were sacked and then flagged for a delay of game and two false starts, setting up fourth and goal from the 46-yard line. Pearsall fumbled the ball on fourth down and the Owls recovered and were then penalized 15 yards for a late hit. They were called for holding on their next play. The two teams were penalized 11 times in a span of about three minutes.
Hondo would eventually cap the drive with a short touchdown run as time expired in the half extending their lead to 28-6. The Owls then put the game away in the third, outscoring Pearsall 21-7 in the stanza to build a 49-13 lead going into the fourth.
Joey Ramirez accounted for the Mavs’ only other score as he broke off a 75-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Pearsall will take on winless Crystal City this week in a battle of 0-6 teams. The Javelinas are coming off a 21-14 loss to Bandera. Crystal City has allowed 34 or more points in four of their six contests.