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PEARSALL MAVERICKS FOOTBALL
SHOT AT CO-DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE LINE AS PEARSALL PLAYS HOST TO STATE-RANKED WARHORSES
Pearsall Head Football Coach Ruben DeLeon downplayed the importance of Friday’s matchup with state-ranked Devine but also noted that the Mavericks still have a shot at sharing the district crown if they can win their final two district games of the season.
“It’s another game on the schedule for us,” he said of this week’s outing. “It comes at a good time with us coming off of the bye and us being able to prepare these two weeks for them.
“Devine is a good ball club. A well coached team on both sides of the ball and it shows on how they have been beating their opponents.”
The Warhorses are 8-1 this season with their only loss coming in a 63-48 shootout with 7-1 San Antonio Davenport. Devine is currently 16th in the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football state Class 4A, Division II rankings.
Aside from Davenport, the Warhorses have seen little resistance from their opponents, outscoring them by an average margin of 44-6 in the eight victories. Devine has turned that up in district play, outscoring its league opponents at a clip of 50-6 in three 14-4A, Division II outings.
Regardless of Friday’s outcome, Pearsall must win one of its final two games of the season in order to secure a playoff spot. The Mavericks close out the season on November 4 at San Antonio YMLA.
The YMLA Lions topped Carrizo Springs last week, winning a 27-26 decision to keep pace with Pearsall and Bandera at 1-1 in league play.
Carrizo Springs has an outside shot of still sneaking in as the fourth seed but would need several things to break their way in order to make the postseason.
“We control our own destiny,” Coach DeLeon said. “If we can win out, we have a shot to share the district title. If we lose this week, we need to win next week in San Antonio to get the third seed in the district.”
Game time for Pearsall’s matchup with Devine is set for 7:30 p.m. at Mack Laxson Field.