Lions drop homecoming bout to Pirates
The Mathis Pirates (3-2, 1-0) spoiled homecoming for the Santa Gertrudis Academy Lions (0-5, 0-2) in a blowout, 46-6.
The Pirates started the game hot on defense after forcing a fumble on the Lions’ first drive of the game.
Seth Gibson capped off a 35-yard scoring drive with a nine-yard rushing touchdown to put the Pirates up 6-0.
Two drives later, Gibson had a 36-yard rushing touchdown, and the Pirates converted the 2-point play to extend their lead, 14-0.
On the ensuing drive, George Santana Jr. threw an interception that set up a 27-yard touchdown catch by Marcos Alvarado.
On the next drive, Ethan Munoz had an interception return for a touchdown for the Pirates to increase the Mathis lead, 28-0.
A few drives later, with under a minute to go in the first half, Pirates running back Thomas Villarreal broke loose for a 39-yard touchdown run to end the half with a score of 34-0.
In the third quarter, Alvarado had another touchdown on the ground and the Lions found themselves down 40-0.
Near the end of the third quarter, Ke'Vonn Grant recovered a fumble to give the Lions possession of the football. Two plays later, the ball was thrown by Santana and was intercepted by A.J. Olivarez of the Pirates to give Mathis the football heading into the fourth.
A few plays later, Brandt Tinsley knocked the ball loose on a big hit to allow Jacob Sanchez to scoop the fumble and score a touchdown to prevent the Pirates shutout.
The Pirates scored one last time on a handoff to Elijah Ybarra for a 20-yard touchdown run, to ice the game 46-6.
The Lions look ahead to facing Falfurrias on the road next Friday. The Jerseys lost to Lyford tonight, 20-14.
Badgers’ offense stuck in the mud, lose to Vaqueros
The Bishop Badgers (0-5, 0-2) dropped a home contest to the San Diego Vaqueros (4-1, 2-0), 37-6.
A muddy field helped the Badgers strike first on offense on the feet of Isaiah Rodriguez, who scored a rushing touchdown in the first quarter of play to take an early lead 6-0.
That score was the only one for the Badgers as the Vaqueros scored 37 unanswered points to take the win.
The Badgers will travel next week to face Mathis off the heels of their win tonight over Santa Gertrudis Academy.
Eagles soar over Brahmas
The H.M. King Brahmas (1-5) fell to the Pleasanton Eagles (6-0) on the road, 22-47.
The Bulls face La Feria next Friday at home in their first District 16-4A, Division I matchup of the season. La Feria beat Rio Hondo Friday night, 49-28.
(Correction: This article initially incorrectly stated that Jesus Rivas recovered a fumble and scored for the Lions. The correct player was Jacob Sanchez.)