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DISTRICT 14-4 A, DIVISION II
Carrizo Springs jumped out to a 14-0 lead before its offense had set foot on the field en route to a 60-3 win over Pearsall last Friday at Frank Carter Stadium.
The Mavericks kicked a second quarter field goal to avoid the shut out in the loss to the unbeaten Wildcats.
Pearsall remained winless at 0-8 with the loss.
“It was a tough one, but our boys kept fighting, and that’s one thing no one can take away from our boys is their willingness to keep fighting,” PHS AD and Head Football Coach Edward Bocanegra said. “We went into the Carrizo game pretty banged up on the offense and defensive line, with two starters out on both lines.
“We really need consistency on both lines but the injury bug has really hit us this year,” he said. “Our secondary is really young and they took advantage of it with their senior receivers, but that’s part of learning and our young guys will be able to do it.”
The Wildcats built a 21-0 lead after the first and led 41-3 at the half. A pair of scores in the third made it 54-3 going into the fourth quarter.
Carrizo Springs scored in all facets of the game as they returned a punt 65 yards for a score, had a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown and a 75-yard kickoff return for another touchdown. The Wildcats had three passing touchdowns including a 32-yard touchdown pass with two seconds remaining in the half.
Sitting a game out of fourth in the standings, the Mavericks need to win out their remaining two games and would need help along the way to secure a playoff spot.
The team takes on Devine this Friday. The Warhorses are 2-1 in league play with their only loss coming to Carrizo Springs.
Pearsall’s best bet is to win out and overtake Bandera for the fourth and final playoff spot. Crystal City holds the tiebreaker over Pearsall but close their season against Carrizo Springs and Devine while Bandera takes on Hondo this week and will host the Mavs in the finale.
“Our goal is to win,” Bocanegra said. “We will need to have a great week of practice and be well prepared for Devine Friday night. We need to take it one game at a time. It’s a must win and we know what’s at stake and that’s our team’s mindset, win.”