The start of the game was delayed for a good half hour as EMT services were slow in arriving. Both teams took a quarter to basically warm to the task at hand.
The Eagles emerged at the end of the contest with a 34-6 victory over the Yellowjackets.
“That’s the kind of effort and execution you hope for in a playoff game. All three phases of our team executed well,” said head coach Steve Marbach.
“On defense, we held them to six points. On offense, we had just under 300 rushing yards and 300 receiving yards, with lots of different guys making plays. On special teams, we were four for four on extra points, two of three on field goals (missed from 50 yards), and the only time we lined up to punt, we executed a fake for a first down.”
The win advances the Pettus boys to the area round against the 9-1 Granger Lions. The game is on Friday night at 7:30 in Fischer, just west of Wimberley.
After the slow start, the Eagles managed to get on the scoreboard first, having to settle for a 38-yard field goal after stalling on an early drive. Ryan Beck made the kick and gave the Eagles a 3-0 leg up.
That lead held up most of the first quarter, but Yellowjacket Jon Moore scampered for a 24-yard rushing TD with a little over two minutes left in the first period to give Sabinal the advantage at 6-3. The extra point try failed for the Yellowjackets.
The second quarter belonged to the Eagles as they dominated the contest over the next 12 minutes. The Pettus boys struck for three touchdowns to take a 24-6 lead into halftime.
Tight end Taylor Yeoman got the first TD, hauling in a 15-yard scoring strike from Beck just six seconds into the period. Beck’s kick for the PAT was good and the Eagles regained the lead at 10-6. The Pettus offense got the ball back and scored again on a 30-yard TD pass from Beck to Hunter Tomlin and with the Beck PAT kick splitting the uprights it was a 17-6 contest.
The third TD in the stanza was a short, three-yard run from QB Beck, who again nailed the extra point kick to make it 24-6 with just 1:09 left in the first half.
The Eagles put the game out of reach in the third period with a 75-yard scoring strike from Beck to receiver Casey Jones. The kick was good and the Pettus boys were on top, 31-6.
A fourth quarter 40-yard field goal by Beck applied the finishing touches and earned the Eagles a 34-6 victory.
The Eagles’ offense was truly balanced with 289 rushing on 37 carries and Beck connected on 10 of 21 passes for 293 yards. Tomlin led the rushing attack with seven carries for 140 yards and one TD. Beck followed with 20 carries for 118 yards and one touchdown. John Constante had six yards on three tries and Dylan Lopez carried once for 12 yards. Alex Lopez picked up eight yards on two attempts and Jones carried once for five yards. Matt Gonzales had two carries for one yard and Jacob Hernandez made one rush for a negative one yard.
Jones caught five of Beck’s passes for a game-high 177 yards and one TD. Tomlin hauled in two passes for 66 yards and one TD. Yeoman made two catches on the night for 36 yards and one score. Eric Montez had one reception that went for 14 yards.
“We have great play-makers at quarterback, running back, tight end and wide receiver, but everything starts up front. Our offensive and defensive lines had excellent games,” Marbach said.
“If they continue to play that well, we could make a deep playoff run.”
The Granger Lions are out of District 13-1A Division II and went 9-1 on the regular season. The Lions like to run over their opponents with a strong and big offensive unit.
“Our defensive front and linebackers are going to have to come up big for us,” Marbach said.