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COTULLA COWBOYS FOOTBALL
Cotulla offense erupts for 27 second quarter points in rout of Robstown.
Cotulla broke open a close game with a 27-point outburst in the second quarter as the Cowboys rolled to a lopsided 61-35 win over Robstown last Friday at Cotton Picker Stadium.
The contest, Cotulla’s final non-district outing prior to league play, comes as the team also enters its off week. Cotulla will have a full week off before prepping for league action the following week against Crystal City.
“We played a very good game from offense to defense to special teams,” CHS Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Marcus Booker said. “It was a very complete win for us and gives us some momentum going into our bye week and hopefully lets us heal up also.
“I’m very encouraged with how we played; we’re starting to figure out that if we don’t beat ourselves with turnovers and penalties, we have a chance to win some games.”
The CHS coach said his players felt slighted going into the contest with the Cottonpickers, as most outlets had Robstown favored to win the contest.
“I think they didn’t respect us alot, but like I tell the kids, respect is earned not given,” Booker said. “So we wanted them to know where Cotulla, Texas is located and I believe they know now.”
The Cowboys relied on their ground game in the win as the unit simply wore down Robstown over the course of the contest.
Cotulla’s core group of skill players were clicking all night as quarterback Joseph Salazar, fullback Jesse Sanchez, tailback Jose Gonzalez and wideout Thallan Olivarri accounted for the bulk of the offensive output.
“I’m just so proud of our effort Friday night,” the coach said of his team. “We always play hard, but not necessarily smart all the time, but the kids play with tremendous effort and I love them for that. We need to use this week wisely to get ready for district.”
Cotulla was in control for much of the night even though the game had the feel of a shootout early on. The Cowboys went up 7-0 but some back-and-forth action saw the game tied at 21-21 in the second. Cotulla was eventually able to build a 34-21 halftime lead.
The Cowboys started to gain momentum in the second half and eventually built a 46-21 lead with four straight unanswered scores.
With a week of rest and recovery ahead, Cotulla will prep for their league opener the following week against the Crystal City Javelinas. Crystal City made the drop to Class 3A following years at the Class 4A level, joining the Hondo Owls in Cotulla’s District 14-3A, Division I. The Javelinas have struggled through a 1-4 campaign this year, posting their only win in the season opener over Class 2A Brackettville. The team has dropped four in a row, by a combined score of 130-22. The team is coming off a 27-2 loss to rival Carrizo Springs.
Game time for the district contest is 7 p.m. at Meyers Memorial Stadium in Cotulla on Friday, October 7.