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DILLEY WOLVES FOOTBALL
Dilley’s defense rose to the occasion for much of the night but the team could not finish the job in dropping a 12-6 decision to Natalia last Friday in District 15-3A, Division II action.
The Wolves held a 6-0 lead through three quarters but allowed a pair of fourth quarter scores as the Mustangs rallied to claim the win and drop Dilley to 1-3 in league play.
“The boys played three great quarters,” DHS Athletic Director and Head Football Coach David Silva said. “We had a 6-0 lead and gave up 12 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
“We had our chances, we just showed the young team mistakes (roughing the punter penalty, offsides on fourth and four, a dropped pass late in the game, and allowing two quarterback sacks at crucial times). But we are getting better every week.”
Seth Cano connected with Esai Lozano from 36 yards out for Dilley’s only points of the night in the third quarter. Natalia added a ten-yard run and two-yard run in the fourth as they pulled away late.
In a defensive struggle, neither team was able to mount much offense for the night. The Mustangs were limited to 183 yards of offense and 11 first downs while Dilley tallied 220 yards of offense and 12 first downs.
Cano went eight of 19 passing for 144 yards and a score while Colton Ward led the ground attack with 53 yards on 14 carries. Charles Morales hauled in two receptions for 55 yards while Oscar Villarreal had four receptions for 38 yards.
Dilley is now in a must-win situation with two games remaining in the season.
“We have to win the last two games versus Comfort and Karnes City to have a shot at the last playoff spot,” Silva said. “We have to eliminate crucial mistakes that negate big gains or takes points off the board.”
Dilley will play host to the Comfort Bobcats this week. The Bobcats are 1-6 this season but are coming off their first win of the season, a 38-14 win over Karnes City. Apart from its two losses to Ingram Moore and Blanco where they were shutout by a combined score of 70-0, the Bobcats have put up offensive numbers in their other five games, scoring 28 points per game despite a 1-4 mark in those outings.
Dilley will then face Karnes City in its finale the following week as the Wolves have a bye in the final week of the regular season on November 4.