Special to the Progress
GEORGE WEST – The George West Longhorns took on the Jourdanton Indians this past Friday night at Longhorn Field, their final home game of the season.
The Horns kept their perfect district record intact, as they defeated the Indians, 31-13. With the win, George West improved to 7-2 overall, and 5-0 in District 15 play.
In the opening quarter, the Indians received the kickoff and went straight to work, putting together an eight-play drive that covered 60 yards while chewing up half of the first quarter.
Jourdanton quarterback Chase Harrison hit Nick Lopez from 25 yards out to cap the drive. A successful PAT made it 7-0 Indians, with 6 minutes left to play in the first quarter.
The tide changed quickly, however, on the ensuing kickoff, due to special teams play.
George West Senior Bobby Torres received the kickoff, picked up a few key blocks by his teammates, and returned the ball 90 yards for the touchdown. Jessie Haros kicked the extra point to tie the game up at 7-7.
After forcing Jourdanton to punt on their next possession, the Horns found pay dirt again when quarterback Andrew Katzfey dove into the end zone from 2 yards out, putting George West up 13-7 after a missed PAT.
After a few traded punts to start the second quarter, Jourdanton put a nice 75-yard drive together, also eating up a majority of the time left in the first half.
Indian quarterback Harrison connected again through the air, this time hitting Brandon Pacheco on a 25-yard passing strike to make it 13-13, after a missed PAT.
So with just a little more than 2 minutes left to play till halftime, the Horns put their 2-minute offense to work, working both the sidelines and the clock as they marched down the field.
On a big third down conversion attempt, deep in Indian territory, Katzfey hit Joseph Feist in the corner of the end zone from 20 yards out for the score. The Horns’ 2-point conversion failed, however, leaving the score at 19-13, George West at halftime.
The second half of play was a much different story for the Indian offense, as they were unable to muster up anything against the Horns’ defense.
They would find themselves punting the ball away three times, plus turning it over on downs late in the game.
George West, on the other hand, found the end zone two more times to put the game out of reach for the Indians.
The first time saw an 11-yard rushing touchdown by Torres to cap a 60-yard drive to end the third quarter.
The second score was a 70-yard, eight-play drive, capped off by a nice 24-yard blast by Hudson Wallace, making the final score 31-13, George West.
With the win, the Longhorns set up a big District 15 showdown this coming week, as both George West and Luling will be coming into week 10 play with identical 5-0 district records. Gametime will be 7:30 p.m. Friday in Luling.