A late game interception sealed the first District 16-4A, Division I win of the season for the H.M. King Brahmas (2-7, 1-2) as they completed the comeback over the Grulla Gators (3-6, 0-3), 28-21 last Friday night.
The Bulls’ combination of rushing attack and defensive play made for a recipe for success for Head Coach Michael Davila and company.
On the offensive side of the ball, 238 rushing yards for the Brahmas was the ground-and-pound offense that Davila said he wanted to see all season.
“I loved how we played,” Davila said. “The best thing about it is, we stayed disciplined and we executed. We didn’t have any penalties in the second half and in the first half, oh my gosh, we went nuts. So it was good to see that execution, and we were good.”
Lupe Cavazos spearheaded the offense with 143 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground.
Cavazos also went 6-of-15 for 73 yards and a passing touchdown, but also threw an interception.
The lone touchdown pass for Cavazos was thrown to Tarance Carter, who had seven receptions for 74 yards in the contest.
Carter also opened the game with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
The defense was also on a tear, holding the Gators to under 240 yards of total offense and forcing three turnovers in the contest, one interception and two fumble recoveries.
Dorian Arredondo led the defense with five tackles and one tackle for loss.
“They played well, we asked them at halftime to line up and play fast, and that’s what they did and they caused turnovers,” Davila said. “And that’s the name of the game. We had to take advantage of them and we did, we put some points on the board, we put pressure on them and came up with a win.”
The Brahmas are now in line for a playoff berth that will depend on the outcomes of this week’s games.
The Bulls will take on the Hidalgo Pirates (7-2, 2-1) on Friday, who are fresh off a 28-12 loss to La Feria.
The Pirates are currently second in district play, and have a high-powered offense that Davila said is a priority to plan against.
“We’re going to go back to work just like we always have,” Davila said about preparing for the season finale. “We’re going to come up with a great game plan for Hidalgo. They’re a good team. And that’s it. We’re going to play Brahma football and really focus on our practice efforts this week to set us up for good show.”
The Bulls take on Hidalgo on the road this week at 7:30 p.m., eyeing a Class 4A Playoff berth.