George West was able to sustain long drives and keep the ball away from a Cougar offense that could score quickly if given the chance. To start the game, the Horns offense would set the tone for the night by going 68 yards in 14 plays for their first score of the night, a three yard run by junior RB Bobby Torres. The PAT by Jessie Haros would put the Horns up 7-0 with 2:23 left to play in the first quarter. Great blocking up front by Joseph Moore, Robert Rutledge, Jessie Haros, Brian Chesser, Eli Garcia, and Andrew Katzfey would give the Horn backfield great opportunities to gain positive yardage all night. They would lead the way for a big night on the ground that would produce three 100 plus yard rushers for the Horns, and a total of 376 yards on the ground. Torres would end the night with 128 yards on 18 carries, QB Brady Jones would add 116 yards on 13 carries, and RB Enrique Nieto would contribute 111 yards on 18 carries.
After the Horns first score of the night, an attempted on-sides kick would fail, giving the Cougars great field possession at midfield. This is when the Cougar offense would attack, going 50 yards in just two plays. They would score on a naked boot by Cole QB Bryce King who would go 20 yards for the touchdown. A successful PAT would tie the game up at seven a piece with two minutes left to play in the first. On the ensuing kickoff, the Longhorn offense would march down the field again, going 70 yards in seven plays. Horn QB Jones would cap the drive with an eight yard run into the end zone. The PAT by Haros would put the Horns up 14-7 with 10 minutes to play in the second quarter. The Horns defense would then force Cole to punt, getting the ball back at their own 20 yard line. They would manage to score in just three plays this time around after a 65 yard run by Torres would set them up at the Cole eight yard line. Senior RB Jeffrey Hardwick would punch it in on the next play from 8 yards out for another Horns TD. The PAT by Haros would make it 21-7 GW with 6:45 left to play till the half.
On the Cougars next possession, they would attack the Horns secondary by going to the air. Cole QB King would hit his WR Wykeyhe Walker down the right sideline who would race 54 yards to the end zone, making it 21-14 GW with five minutes till the half. The Horns offense would mange to put a drive together that would give them a 40 yard FG attempt before the half would expire. However, Cole’s speedy corners were able to get around the left end for the block. Leaving the score at 21-14 in favor of the Horns.
The third quarter would start off exciting, as GW would receive the ball to begin play. Junior Hudson Wallace would take the kickoff at the Horns 15 yard line and would get a great wall set up that would allow him to race down the right sideline for an 85 yard return for the TD. Another successful PAT by Haros would make the score 28-14 with 11:44 left to play in the third. Later in the quarter, after GW would force another Cole punt, the Horns would receive the ball on their own 36 yard line. However, a turnover on the first play of the drive would give the Cougars excellent field position to work with. Cole would take advantage of the short field, by scoring in just two plays. Cole QB King would run the play action to perfection, drawing the Horns linebackers and secondary in, and then hitting a wide open Walker in stride for a 32 yard pass for the TD. The PAT would make it 28-21 GW with eight minutes left to play in the third. On the ensuing kickoff, the Cole kicker would blast a line drive right into the Horns front line, bouncing back towards the Cougars. Cole would recover at their own 45 yard line, giving them yet great field position again. However, the Horns defense would clamp down to force Cole to punt the ball away. That great defense would lead to another time consuming drive by the Horns, who would go 80 yards on 11 plays, chewing up the clock and picking up first downs along the way. Torres would cap the drive with a 3 yard plunge into the end zone for his second TD of the night to end the third quarter. The PAT by Haros would make it 35-21 George West.
To start the fourth frame, Cole would give GW a little taste of their own medicine. Putting together a long, successful 10 play drive that would end with Cougar QB King getting into the endzone on the 3 yard run. Making the score 35-28 GW with 5:45 left to play in the game. Coach Holt then elected to put the “hands” team out for the kickoff, expecting Cole to go for the on-side kick. It would pay off, as junior Robert Rutledge would pounce on the ball to give the Horns possession at midfield. GW would then use the remaining time on the clock, and would go 52 yards in 11 plays for their final score of the night to put the game out of reach. Horns QB Jones would surge into the end zone from one yard out for his second TD of the night, putting the Horns up 41-28 with under a minute left to play in the game and securing the win for George West.
Defensively, the Horns were led by junior linebackers Anderson Daniels and Jacob Almaguer, both picking up 10 tackles a piece in the win.
This week, the Horns will travel to Natalia to take on the Mustangs in another D15 match-up. Game time will be 7:30 p.m.