Big plays plagued the H.M. King Brahmas (1-4) in their 21-7 loss to the Raymondville Bearkats (4-1) Friday night.
The first half saw a back-and-forth effort from both teams, but the Bearkats had two touchdowns that totaled 98 yards combined, which HMK Coach Michael Davila said was the difference in the game.
“Well, in the first half, we gave up two big plays for two touchdowns, and that’s kind of the difference in the game,” Davila said. “(The game) would have been 7-7 and we would have probably still been playing. If we don’t give up those two plays, we’re in better shape.”
The Brahmas had a solid offensive outing, with Lupe Cavazos leading the charge by rushing 25 times for 125 yards and passing 6-for-18 for 70 yards.
Jesse Salinas was the leading receiver with three catches for 40 yards, and Tarance Carter had the lone touchdown for the Brahmas on a six-yard carry.
Returning from injury, Gilbert Arriaga led the team in tackles on defense with eight.
Carter also forced the lone turnover of the contest with an interception.
Despite their offensive prowess heading into the red zone, the Brahmas have struggled to finish in situations where they are inside the 25.
Davila said his biggest concern from here on out is capitalizing on those opportunities.
“When we get inside the 20 we just can’t hit the panic button,” Davila said. “We have to execute like we do in-between the 20s and then punch it in. We are hanging our hat on the run game and sprinkling in some passes, and that’s what we have to do. We just need to execute and that’s all in preparation during the week and in practice.”
The Bulls will go up against the undefeated Pleasanton Eagles (5-0) this Friday night.
The Eagles defeated Carrizo Springs last week 49-8, but the Brahmas are no strangers to facing Pleasanton.
Last season, the Eagles started in similar fashion and lost to the Bulls in a one-point contest, 33-32.
This go-around, Davila said he expects a tough game in enemy territory.
“You know, I always tell the guys we’re down by seven when we’re on the road, but all of this is what we’re trying to teach the kids; that it’s preparation for district,” Davila said. “It’s preparation for that. It’s tough. It’s tough to tell 15-, 16-, 17-year-old kids to look at the big picture, because now they live in a microwave world where they want instant results. And that’s not what’s going on right now. We’ve got to live through the process, we’ve got to teach the process and then the production will be there in the end when we get to district.”
The Brahmas face Pleasanton on the road at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night.