“That’s exactly the kind of football we want to play,” said Runge head coach Matt Wright. “Our game plan is to run the ball and not give them a chance to score. It had rained earlier, it was hot and muggy, but that’s what we’re used to.”
The first quarter’s lone score came on the legs of Aaron Charles as he scored on the ground, though the missed extra point left the score at 6-0.
The second quarter saw more scoring. Just 30 seconds into the second quarter, Jeric Esparza scored on a running play, with Ryan Saucedo kicking the PAT to extend the lead to 13-0. On the ensuing London drive, the Pirates responded with a score of their own, though the 2-point conversion attempt failed. The Yellow Jackets countered later in the quarter on a run by Esparza, but the conversion failed. As time expired in the first half, the Yellow Jackets put even more points on the board as Bryan Winters scored after recovering a fumble. With the ensuing extra point, the Yellow Jackets went into halftime with a 26-6 lead.
In the second half, the Yellow Jackets ensured their victory. Runge’s first score of the third quarter came as Steven Salas scored on a running play, though the kick failed. London’s final score of the night came afterward on a running play of their own, but the conversion failed. Before the third quarter was over, Corey Barnes scored with a rushing touchdown, though the failed conversion left the score at 38-6.
The fourth quarter’s lone score and the final score of the game came from Charles scoring his second rushing touchdown of the game. Though the extra point attempt was no good, the Yellow Jackets lead of 44-12 stood as time expired.
By the end of the game, the Yellow Jackets accumulated over 500 rushing yards, with Esparza, Barnes and Charles each having over 100 individual rushing yards.
“We changed a few things on defense,” said Wright. “We didn’t feel they were able to block our kids. Anytime we can stop people from running the ball, we can run the ball on offense.”
Additional statistics for the game were unavailable at press time.
This week, the Yellow Jackets will travel through the Hill Country into Camp Wood as they face the Nueces Canyon Panthers.
“We played in Leakey last year, so it’s kind of the same trip,” said Wright. “Our kids know what to expect. We’re hoping that it’s business as usual.”
Kickoff in Camp Wood is set for Friday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m.