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PEARSALL MAVERICKS VS. NAVARRO PANTHERS THURS., NOV. 10 AT FARRIS STADIUM IN SAN ANTONIO
Pearsall snapped a two-game skid and secured the third seed in District 14-4A, Division II last Friday with a 41-14 rout of the YMLA Lions in the regular season finale at the San Antonio ISD Sports Complex.
The Mavericks will now take on the Navarro Panthers in the bi-district round of the playoffs on Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. at Dub Farris Stadium in San Antonio.
“The approach this week is being 1-0 at the end of our game Thursday night and continuing to do what we have done this season each week and that is going out and competing and not back down from the competition,” PHS Head Football Coach Ruben DeLeon said. “Navarro is a good ball club with a rich tradition of being successful every football season in the years past.”
The Panthers are 6-4 this season and finished second in District 13-4A, Division I behind champion Wimberley.
Navarro was a 10-3 regional finalist last season, losing a 35-28 decision to state semifinalist Cuero. The Panthers and their vaunted Slot-T offense overcame a 2-3 start to their season and have turned things up in district, averaging 50 points per game. The Panthers were blown out in three of their four losses, losing to Navasota, Cuero and La Vernia. They then lost 21-14 to Wimberley for the district title.
Navarro notched wins over Smithville and Giddings in their pre-district schedule and routed Lago Vista, Jarrell, Austin Achieve and Austin New Manor in league play.
“We must, as a team, focus on doing our job individually on the field to be able to win and be successful as a team,” DeLeon said of the work his team has this week. “On defense, our boys are going to have to stay on their keys for us to be able and stop the run attack of Navarro. Offensively, it is going to be up to our offensive line to pick up the pressure that Navarro brings with their stunts and blitzes for us to be successful moving the ball.”
Pearsall opened the year 5-0 after an 0-10 2021. The team then dropped a 29-0 loss to Stockdale and suffered through a rash of injuries during the middle part of the season. The Mavericks topped Carrizo Springs in their league opener before losing two straight to Bandera and Devine before routing YMLA Friday night. Pearsall improved to 7-3 for the year with the win over the Lions, a seven-game improvement from last season and are one win shy of eclipsing their win total of the last three years combined.
Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Dub Farris Stadium in San Antonio.