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DILLEY WOLVES FOOTBALL
Dilley’s playoff hopes took a hit last week as the team dropped a 38-19 decision to Nixon-Smiley, surrendering a 19-6 lead as the Mustangs scored 32 unanswered points in the loss on Friday, October 7.
The Wolves scored 19 points in the second quarter to break open what was a 7-6 contest and appeared on the verge of a blowout win.
Momentum shifted however, and Dilley never recovered.
“The boys came out and played well,” DHS Athletic Director and Head Football Coach David Silva said. “We had a 19-6 lead with 3:30 left in the second quarter then we give up a big run and interception and we go in (to halftime) down 22-19. We never recovered from that momentum swing.”
Leading 19-6, the Wolves allowed a long run that led to a nine-yard Nixon-Smiley touchdown run and the Mustangs then returned an interception for a score to grab a 22-19 lead at intermission.
Nixon-Smiley added a pair of short scoring runs in the second half and converted twice for two points as they pulled away for the win.
The Wolves cracked the scoreboard in the second as Johnny Rodriguez tossed a 33-yard scoring strike to Oscar Villarreal to put Dilley up 7-0. Nixon-Smiley answered with a one-yard run to make it 7-6.
Jonavyn Gonzales then broke off a 25-yard touchdown run for the Wolves followed by a 62-yard fumble return for a score by Jacob Lopez.
The Mustangs then turned the tide late in the second and pulled away to drop the Wolves to 1-2 in District 15-3A, Division II.
“Our goal doesn’t change,” Silva said of the Wolves playoff chances going forward. “We either have to win all three remaining games to get in or two out of three, which would include ‘what if’ scenarios.”
Nixon-Smiley sits atop the standings at 3-0 while Poth and Natalia are a game behind at 2-0 apiece. Karnes City are currently tied for the fourth place spot at 1-2 and will face off on October 28.
In the loss to the Mustangs, Dilley continued to struggle on offense, accounting for only 136 total yards and six first downs. Nixon-Smiley ran almost twice as many plays but were held to a modest 303 yards and 14 first downs as the Wolves’ defense hung tough.
Turnovers and penalties were about even, however Dilley could not convert on third down, succeeding on only two of eight attempts.
Seth Cano went five of 11 passing for Dilley for 48 yards and an interception. Rodriguez went one for one for 48 yards and a score. Gonzales led the ground game with 31 yards on three carries with a touchdown. Esai Lozano hauled in three receptions for 48 yards while Villarreal had the 33-yard touchdown reception.
Defensively, Juan Garcia led the squad with 12 tackles while Charles Morales added ten tackles and one for a loss. Lozano also added ten tackles while Villarreal, Aiden Gonzalez and Roman Martel all tallied seven tackles apiece.
Dilley has a shot to secure its playoff spot over the course of the next couple weeks as they take on Natalia this Friday and host Comfort the following week. The Mustangs are 3-3 this season but 2-0 in district as they have won their last three games. Natalia opened the year 0-3 with losses to Jourdanton (48-20), Marion (35-17) and Devine (48-3). They’ve since won three straight, toppling Lytle in the Legacy Bowl (47-3), Comfort (42-27) and Karnes City (24-19).
Natalia is not as formidable as in years past but have momentum. Comfort is 0-6 this season, has been shutout twice and is averaging just over 17 points a game. Karnes City is 3-4 this season and 1-2 in district but have lost two straight going into this week’s matchup with Comfort.
The Wolves have dropped three straight contests to Natalia in their series, losing by a margin of 184-8. The three wins, however, mark only six for
the Mustangs over the last
Game time on Friday is set for 7:30 p.m. at the new Mustang Stadium.