The first half saw the game kept close between both teams. The Pride would fire the first salvo as they utilized the wishbone formation to score on a 1-yard run with 1:35 to go in the 1st quarter and go up 6-0. Neither team converted on their extra point attempts during the course of the game. In the 2nd quarter, the Yellow Jackets got on the scoreboard as junior running back Severo Salas scored on a 13-yard run to even things up at 6-6. The tie would be broken with 17 seconds left as the Pride used their passing game to go ahead 12-6 at halftime. The lead would not be the only thing the Yellow Jackets lost on that particular play as senior running back A.J. Mejia was injured on the play and would not return. “We didn’t have him the second half,” said Wallace. “His presence and leadership help us. We tried to go on, but the wheels fell off after that.”
In the second half, the Pride took advantage of the Yellow Jackets’ situation and held them scoreless for the rest of the game. Santa Gertrudis scored twice in the 3rd quarter, the first being at the 6:15 mark on a 33-yard run and the second on a 10-yard run with 3:17 on the clock. The final score of the game came with 5:21 left in the 4th quarter as the Pride scored on an 18-yard pass. Wallace noted that, with Mejia’s absence, the team was spread thin throughout the second half but kept fighting and kept going. “Our kids will show up and go,” said Wallace. “It’s just growing pains and we’re in a learning process. Our depth became a problem and our kids were playing out of their positions. Eventually (Santa Gertrudis) found gaps and holes.”
Next week will prove to be another challenge as the Yellow Jackets will welcome the Kenedy Lions to Runge for a cross-county game in which both teams will prove their worth. “We’re taking these games as they are and we’re trying to improve week after week,” said Wallace. “We hope to continue that growth into district.” Kickoff in Runge is set for Friday, September 9th at 7:30 PM.