“We’ve got a lot of returning kids from last year and it’s easy for us to make line calls,” said Runge head coach Matt Wright. “The kids know what we’re thinking. Having an experienced offensive line is the key to that.”
The Yellow Jackets drew first blood in the contest on a run by Steven Salas in the first quarter, though the extra point was no good. The Apaches tied the game later in the quarter, with the score standing at 6-6 through the remainder of the first half and the third quarter. The Yellow Jackets scored twice in the fourth quarter, both on runs by Corey Barnes. Both touchdowns were coupled respectively with a 2-point conversion by Jeric Esparza passing to Darren Torres and an extra point by Ryan Saucedo to seal the deal for the Yellow Jackets.
“We felt good about the defense,” said Wright. “We have some things to adjust but we feel good about personnel. We have some new faces just like on offense. We felt like it wasn’t the defenses fault for that touchdown. We fumbled deep and when you give them a short field we don’t hold it on the defense.”
Statistically, the Yellow Jackets had 359 yards of total offense, with all of it coming from their running game over 56 carries. The Gonzales JV gained 157 yards of total offense, with 132 yards rushing over 32 carries and 25 yards passing over four completions. In terms of penalties, the Yellow Jackets were flagged nine times for 75 total yards and the Apaches were flagged twice for five total yards.
“I think the main thing is continuing to run the football,” said Wright about the offense. That’s what we build around.”
This week, the Yellow Jackets will travel to Corpus Christi to take on the London Pirates. The Yellow Jackets won last year’s meeting, but Wright said that the Pirates have improved since then and that defending the spread that London utilizes is what the Runge defense is tailored to do.
Kickoff in Corpus Christi is set for Friday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m.