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With a tempered approach to the 2021 season, Dilley AD and Head Football Coach David Silva says his team entered the final week of the regular season with a chance to achieve all of its preseason goals but narrowly missed recording a winning record this year following a 22-19 loss to Nixon-Smiley Friday night.
Silva entered the year looking to end the school’s 19-game losing streak, beat Cotulla, win Homecoming
and have a winning season. At 5-5 overall, the Wolves did not have a losing season but narrowly missed out on a winning record.
“The boys played hard and I’m extremely pleased with their effort,” Silva said. “Again, we go in minus two more starting receivers and then our running back goes down.
“We had to go straight power set and the boys really did a good job with it. We have a lot to build on and I know we’ll be even better next year. One goal next year is to make the playoffs.”
The Wolves played on even terms for much of the night with Nixon-Smiley, but could not catch the Mustangs on the scoreboard. Dilley took a quick 6-0 lead in the first but eventually found themselves down 22-12 in the fourth. Seth Cano led the team as he accounted for two of the three scores for Dilley. He had 124 total yards of offense, rushing for 75 yards on nine carries with a score and going two of five passing for 49 yards and a touchdown and one interception. Michael Rodriguez added 66 yards on 11 carries while Deuce Cano finished with 29 yards and Dorian Aranda added 27 yards.
Josiah Osio hauled in a 35-yard reception and Santi Reyna had a 14-yard touchdown reception.
Aranda went in from four yards out in the first to put Dilley up 6-0. Lytle took the lead in the second on a pair of short scoring runs to go on top 14-6.
After a scoreless third, the Wolves cut into the deficit on Reyna’s 14-yard reception from Cano. Dilley was unsuccessful on its conversion attemps and trailed 14-12. Another short run by the Mustangs made it 22-12 following a successful two-point try. Cano then added his own nine-yard scoring run to once again cut into the deficit at 22-19.
The Wolves would not score again in the contest as Nixon-Smiley held on for the win.
The game stats are indicative of how close the contest was as Dilley totalled 246 yards of offense while the Mustangs had 236 total yards.
Dilley had 13 first downs to the Mustangs’ 14. The Wolves were hampered by two turnovers while Nixon-Smiley did not turn the ball over.
The Wolves finish the season with a 5-5 mark and 1-5 and fifth in District 15-3A, Division II.
Poth won the league title with an 8-1 mark overall and 6-0 district record.
Natalia (7-3, 4-2), Stockdale (5-5, 4-2) and Karnes City (4-6, 3-3) will join the Pirates as playoff representatives from the district.
Nixon-Smiley finished the year 4-6 overall and 2-4 in league play.
In a ‘down’ season for George West, the Longhorns went 1-9 this season and 1-5 in league play and did not make the playoffs for the first time in eight years and only the second time since 2005.