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Longhorns drop close game to Indians
by Arnold Guajardo
Oct 20, 2011 | 502 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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The George West Longhorns faced a highly touted Jourdanton Indian squad last Friday night in a huge District 15 showdown. The Horns would fall in the contest by a score of 43-36 in an exciting game that went down to the games final seconds.

The first quarter saw the Horns offense start off a little sluggish, being forced to punt each time on their first 2 possessions. Outstanding play by the Horns defense early would do the same to a powerful Indian offense, which is to force 2 punts. However, on  the third possession by the Indians, they would punch in the first touchdown of the game with a one yard plunge by Indian RB Lopez. The PAT would put the Indians up 7-0 with three minutes left to play in the first quarter.

Going into the second quarter, the Horns needed a big play that would change the momentum. That would come midway through the second when Horns junior safety Brady Jones would force a fumble on a big hit. The Horns would recover on the Jourdanton 25 yard line. George West would take advantage of their opportunity quickly, scoring in just two plays when Horns quarter back Jones would scamper in from 14 yards out for the touchdown. Jones would then hit senior Kendall Hensley in the end zone for the two point conversion to put the Horns up 8-7 with six minutes to play in the second. On the Indians next possession, the Horns defense would clamp down again, forcing a punt by the Indians. However, the momentum would change abruptly again a few plays later. The Indian defense would force a fumble that they would recover at midfield. Just two plays later, Indian RB Lopez would break free for a big 50 yard touchdown run to put Jourdanton up 15-7 with just two minutes remaining till the half. The Horns would get a drive together right before the half, as they crossed midfield into Indian territory. Jones would then heave a long pass down to the end zone that would be batted down by the Indians secondary. Leaving the score at 15-8 Jourdanton at the half.

The Indians would receive the ball to start the third quarter, and they would strike quick. On their second play, Indian RB Lopez would quiet the Horns faithful with another big 50 yard touchdown run. Putting the Indians up 22-8 with 10:25 left in the third. On the ensuing kickoff, George West junior Bobby Torres would break a few tackles and tip toe down the sideline before sprinting away for a 90 yard return for a touchdown, putting the Horns right back into the game. The PAT by Jesse Haros would make the score 22-15 Jourdanton with 10:10 left in the third. The strong running game of the Indians would strike again on their next possession, driving abut 60 yards to pay dirt that would end on a two yard plunge by Lopez. Putting the Indians up 29-15 with 5 minutes to play in the third. The Horns offense would then stall near midfield before being forced to punt the ball away. The Indians would use the remaining time of the third quarter to drive the length of the field down inside the Horns five yard line.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Indian RB Lopez would dive in from two yards out for his fourth touchdown of the night. Putting Jourdanton up 36-15 with 11:55 left to play in the game. At this point, most teams would then fold, being that the game is somewhat out of reach. However, the Horns would dig in and battle all the way down to the final seconds. On the ensuing kickoff, the Horns offense would drive 70 yards in 11 plays to score. The drive would end with a three yard run by senior RB Jeffrey Hardwick. The PAT by Haros would make the score 36-22 Jourdanton with just over seven minutes left to play. For the Horns to have a chance, their defense would have to slow down an Indian offense that had been running wild all night. That’s exactly what they did, clamping down and forcing an Indian punt to get the ball back at their own 28 yard line. The Horns offense would again go 72 yards in 10 plays to get to the end zone. The drive would include big pass connections from Jones to junior WR Joseph Fiest, as well as a nice acrobatic catch by Hardwick on a big third down conversion. Jones would cap the drive with a 10 yard passing strike when he hits Fiest in the end zone for the touch down. The PAT by Haros would make the score 36-28 with only 1:45 left on the clock. The Horns would then go for the on-sides kick, but the Indians would pounce on in to gain possession. The Horns still had a couple time outs to work the clock, all they had to do was stop the Indians. However, on third down, Indian quarterback Hurt would break free for a 30 yard touchdown run to slow down the Horns rally and completely shut down the Horns momentum. The PAT would put the Indians up 43-28 with one minute left to play. On the ensuing kickoff, the Horns had a big return by Torres down to the Horns 40 yard line. With under a minute to go, the Horns would score again in just two plays. Horns RB Torres would have a big 56 yard run down to the Indians four yard line. On the next play, Jones would scamper in for a Horns touchdown. The PAT by Haros would make it 43-36 Jourdanton with 28 seconds left to play. Torres would end the night as the Horns leading rusher with 143 yards on 14 carries.

George West would then have to attempt a second on side kick. Junior kicker Hudson Wallace would lay it down perfectly as it bounced out of the hands of the Indians frontman and the Horns would recover it at the Indian 45 yard line. A personal foul by Jourdanton would put the Horns at the Indians 30 yard line with just 20 seconds remaining in the game. On the ensuing play, Jones would attempt a long pass down the right sideline that would be batted up into the air and intercepted by Jourdanton at the two yard line. The Indians would then take a knee to expire the clock and escape with a big win over George West 43-36. 

The Friday, the Horns will be facing a much improved San Antonio Cole for their Homecoming. Cole will be coming into the game with a 2-0 district record, which includes wins over Universal City Randolph and Natalia. Gametime will be at 7:30 in George West.

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