Scrappy Seguin effort falls short in home loss to Dripping Springs
Posted on 10/2/2017 6:52:00 AM.
Jacob Berkley (5) uses a block from Josh Avalos (52) to break loose for Seguin’s only touchdown Friday against Dripping Springs. Photo by Andie Rangel.  
(Seguin) – Seguin put up a fight against the No.9-ranked 5A football team in the state Friday night before eventually falling to Dripping Springs 35-13 at Matador Stadium.

The loss drops Seguin to 1-1 in District 26-5A and 2-3 overall heading into the schedule’s open date. Dripping Springs remains undefeated at 2-0 in district, 5-0 on the season.

The Mats led 10-7 in the second quarter after a 32-yard touchdown pass from Anthony Gonzalez to Jacob Berkley and a 23-yard field goal from Daniel Salamanca, but the visiting Tigers answered with Trevor Greenman’s second and third touchdown throws of the night to take a 21-10 lead into halftime.

Seguin cut the deficit to eight points on Salamanca’s 35-yard field goal after Garrett Luensmann intercepted Greenman early in the third quarter, but the Dripping Springs defense held the Mats scoreless the rest of the way. Greenman threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Hoyle with 8:17 left in the third period, and the senior quarterback ran for a 14-yard score with 4:47 to play in the fourth to build the final 23-point margin.

Luensmann’s interception was the first thrown by Greenman all season. Luensmann and Deryn Taylor each recovered fumbles, and the three Dripping Springs turnovers matched their season total through the first four games. Seguin recorded consecutive sacks in the final minute of the second quarter to stifle what looked like a promising Tiger drive and keep the halftime deficit at 11 points. Defensive linemen Tyler Miller, Keane Davis, and Chance Brewster were regular visitors in the Dripping Springs backfield and pressured Greenman throughout the evening.

“The defense gave us a chance to win tonight, I thought,” Seguin head coach Travis Bush said. “They played their tails off, and hats off to Coach (Nate) Langford – they had a great plan, got them ready to play, and did a great job. That’s what we talked about early in the game – withstanding their punches, and punching them back in the face, and hanging around in there. We knew they were going to be a good team, and we knew they were going to make plays, and we felt like if we could just hang around, hang in there, we’d have a chance there at the end."

Seguin defensive tackle Keane Davis (50) sacks Dripping Springs quarterback Trevor Greenman during Friday’s game at Matador Stadium. Photo by Andie Rangel.  
Gonzalez went 14-31 for 170 yards and a touchdown through the air. Hayden Haas corralled six receptions for 77 yards, and Berkley added 62 yards and a score on four catches. Dripping Springs held the Mats to 53 rushing yards on 28 carries, and the Tigers out-gained Seguin 457 total yards to 223.

“They executed when they needed to execute, and they made plays when they needed to make plays, and we just missed too many plays,” Bush noted. “You can’t miss anything against a great team like that.”

With the open date in the schedule, Seguin has two weeks to prepare for its next district game against Alamo Heights, who lost to Kerrville-Tivy 42-7 on Friday. Bush sees the Matadors showing the type of steady progress needed to factor in the 26-5A playoff race during the second half of the season.

“I think we’re getting better, and I think we still got better this week, and that’s what we’ve talked about, is getting better every week,” the coach said. “Teams that go to the playoffs, and teams that compete for district championships, they get better every week. It’s going to be on us to look at what we’ve done, and to evaluate where we’re at. We talk about, especially with the young guys, that you grow the most by making mistakes, and making mistakes in ballgames like this can help you grow, and that’s going to be the key is to learn from them and not make those same mistakes again moving forward.”

Seguin meets Alamo Heights at Orem Stadium in San Antonio on Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

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