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COTULLA COWBOYS FOOTBALL
COTULLA OVERCOMES SLOW START TO RUN PAST CRYSTAL CITY IN DISTRICT 14-3A, DII
Cotulla pitched a shutout for most of four quarters but struggled on offense in recording a 19-6 win over Crystal City last Friday in the District 14-3A, Division I opener for both teams.
The Cowboys lost quarterback Joseph Salazar in the second quarter but had only managed a single score prior to that in a sluggish start.
“We didn’t play very well but we found a way to pull it out,” CHS Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Marcus Booker said. “We came out very flat but got bailed out in the first half with a great run-after-the catch by Thallon Olivarri as he took a screen 90 yards for a touchdown.
“But we then came out in the second half with a ten minute drive for a touchdown. We played a lot harder in the second half but it didn’t help that we lost our quarterback and one of our running backs in the second quarter but we found a way to win, which I am very proud of them for that.”
Duran Garcia connected with Olivarri late in the first quarter on a short pass that the wide receiver then took 80 yards for a touchdown. The points were all that the Cowboys could muster in the first half, however, as the team turned the ball over twice and could not get its running game going.
Things turned in the third as Alex Medina found Elpidio Rodriguez on a six-yard scoring strike late in the quarter to increase the lead to 12-0.
Olivarri increased the lead to 19-0 in the fourth as he took a handoff and raced 90 yards to the endzone to ice the game.
Crystal City would add a late score to make the final margin 19-8.
Cotulla improved to 5-1 for the season and 1-0 in district in a three-way tie for first with Poteet and Jourdanton. The Indians blasted Hondo 39-21 while Poteet crushed Lytle 27-7 last week.
The Cowboys will take on Poteet this week in a key outing to determine the district front-runner. Jourdanton was the preseason favorite to take the district crown with Poteet battling them for the top spot.
The Aggies are 4-2 this season but have lost two of their last three outings. The team opened 3-0 notching wins over Bandera (38-13), Goliad (16-13) and Uvalde (21-12). Poteet lost to Pearsall (30-29) and Pleasanton (28-13) before bouncing back last week with a win over the Pirates.
Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Aggie Field.