“That’s two weeks in a row that we’ve played good, consistent football. The offense is clicking and is taking care of the ball,” said Pettus head coach Steve Marbach.
“The defense has only given up 13 points in the last month. Even with things going pretty well, we know that we’ve got to keep improving every day.”
Pettus scored twice in the opening quarter as Hunter Tomlin and Casey Jones found the end zone for the home team. Tomlin scored on a 39-yard pass from QB Ryan Beck and Jones picked up a Benavides fumble and returned it from 15 yards out for a 13-0 lead.
Benavides scored its lone TD late in the first period on a 80-yard scamper by Robert Garza. The point after try failed and it was a 13-6 ball game.
The second quarter was all Pettus as the home team’s offense and defense dominated.
Beck opened the second quarter scoring with a 16-yard run. Beck then found receiver Eric Montez on a three-yard pass scoring strike. Joe Benavides picked up another loose ball and returned it for a score from five yards out and then Jones got his second score on a 31-yard run. Beck made the three first PAT kicks and Chase Carr made the two-point conversion on the last TD to give the Eagles a 42-6 lead heading into halftime.
The Pettus defense shut out the visitors the entire second half while the offense came up with TD’s in both the third and fourth quarters.
QB Dylan Lopez found Montez open for a 12-yard TD reception. Chris Metting made the two-point run for the Eagles to put them out front 50-6.
Then, in the fourth quarter, QB Matt Gonzales went to the air to connect with Anthony Mendoza on a scoring strike of four yards for the Eagles’ final score.
The Pettus offense put up 200 yards on the ground on just 22 carries with several runners amassing the yardage. The Eagles passed for another 229 yards on a combined 16 of 28 attempts.
The Eagles will be meeting Sabinal in the playoffs again this year. A time and place are yet to be determined.
“There are some really tough teams out there, and if we hope to beat those teams and advance through the playoffs, our guys are going to have to be playing the best football of their careers,” Marbach said.
But, they meet Agua Dulce in their final regular season contest on Friday in Agua Dulce.
“Agua Dulce uses lots of offensive formations, so our defense will have to be focused on alignment and reading their keys before the snap each play. The Longhorns also have a good defensive front and an excellent linebacker, which will test our offensive line in both pass protection and our running game this week,” Marbach said.