Seguin junior Anthony Gonzalez tossed three second-half touchdown passes in Friday night's road loss to Marble Falls. Photo by Andie Rangel.
Matadors stunned in 35-21 road loss to Marble Falls
(Marble Falls) - Seguin's pulse is fluttering in the District 26-5A playoff race after a listless first half and eventual 35-21 road loss to an inspired Marble Falls team Friday night at Mustang Stadium.
With a 1-4 district record, the best the Matadors (2-6) can hope for is a three-way tie for fourth place with Alamo Heights (3-2) and Boerne-Champion (2-3), which would require Seguin winning out against Kerrville-Tivy (4-1) and Champion, Alamo Heights losing out to Champion and Medina Valley (4-1), and Marble Falls (1-4) losing one of its remaining games against Lockhart (0-5) and Dripping Springs (5-0). In that scenario, each team tied for fourth would be 1-1 against the other two, so a tiebreak procedure other than head-to-head would apply.
Dripping Springs, Tivy, and Medina Valley have already clinched playoff berths.
Seguin fans who made the long drive to Marble Falls and endured the cold, windy conditions sat stunned as the Matadors failed to pick up a first down until their fourth possession, while Marble Falls looked sharp and determined in building a 21-0 halftime lead with touchdown drives that covered 77, 72, and 79 yards.
The Mats trailed 28-0 before finally breaking up the shutout on a six-yard touchdown pass from Anthony Gonzalez to Brian Cash with 7:17 to play in the third quarter.
The Mustangs went back in front by 28 points, 35-7, on Andrew Stripling's third touchdown pass of the night to Keegan Deering with 2:11 left in the third period. Seguin used a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes from Gonzalez to Hayden Haas to cut the final deficit to 14.
"They were executing, we did not play very well on the defensive side of the ball, we did not play very well offensively in the first half, and give them credit - they looked like they wanted to win a football game a lot more than we did today," Seguin head coach Travis Bush said in the wake of his team's disappointing performance.
Seguin had opportunities to make the game more competitive in the first half, but their fourth drive stalled on a failed fourth down attempt deep in Marble Falls territory in the second quarter, and Gonzalez was sacked on the final play of the half with the clock winding down and no timeouts left after the Mats had moved it inside the 10-yard line.
Gonzalez replaced sophomore starter Jhaelen Mickles at quarterback on Seguin's fourth drive, and the offensive production picked up from that poing.
"We kind of sputtered early, and Jhaelen kind of got his bell run there, so just out of precaution - I don't think it's bad - but just out of precaution, wanted to give him a break, and then Anthony stepped in and did a great job for us," Bush said.
Seguin's run defense improved in the second half, but Stripling and his receivers repeatedly extended drives with long third-down conversions to put two more touchdowns on the board in the third quarter and keep the Mats at arm's length.
Third down defense and untimely penalties are only two things on a laundry list of issues Bush, the coaching staff, and the players will look to correct on the practice field before a 6-2 Tivy team visits Matador Stadium this Friday.
"We've got to do a better job teaching, we've got to do a better job of coaching, and getting in those situations," Bush said. "We're a very emotional team, and sometimes we let our emotions get to us out there, and that's part of growing up - it's a young football team - and part of understanding that it is an emotional game, youv'e got to channel that emotion, and you can't let it get the best of you and get penalties after the play."
Senior receiver Michael Mickles breaks a tackle after a reception Friday night during Seguin's setback at Marble Falls. Photo by Andie Rangel.
This Friday's matchup with Kerrville-Tivy is Seguin's final home game of the season. Kickoff at Matador Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m., with broadcast coverage beginning at 6:30 on KWED 1580 AM and Seguintoday.com.
Wimberley hands Navarro first district loss since 2013
(Wimberley) - The Navarro football program's streak of 30 straight regular season wins and 15 consecutive district wins ended Friday night in a 49-35 road loss to Wimberley, and as a result, the Panthers can finish with no better than the No. 2 playoff seed in District 13-4A-Division II.
The Panthers (7-1, 1-1) hadn't dropped a district game since 2013 or a regular season game since 2014 before Friday. The Texans (8-1, 3-0) clinched the No. 1 playoff seed in the district. Even if Navarro wins out and Wimberley drops its final game to generate a shared district title, the Texans own the head-to-head tiebreak.
Wimberley led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter, 20-14 at halftime, and 34-21 heading into the fourth quarter. Navarro used a six-yard touchdown run from Tyler Law and a 53-yard dash to the end zone from Will Eveld to twice make it a one-score game in the final period, but the Texans established the final 14-point cushion on a six-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Weeks to Cade Stoever.
Eveld finished with 98 rushing yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and also threw a scoring pass to Chris Gomez. Will Reyna led the Panthers on the ground with 107 yards and a score on 16 attempts, and Law ran for two scores. Gomez totaled 67 yards on 16 carries, and Brady Butler coralled two receptions for 21 yards.
Navarro plays its final home game of the season at Erwin-Lee Field this Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Hondo.
Marion dominates Luling, stays unbeaten in district play
(Marion) - The playoff bound Marion Bulldogs are 3-0 in District 13-3A-Division I after steamrolling Luling 45-18 Friday evening at Veterans Stadium.
The Bulldogs started off slowly, only scoring 14 points in the first half, but then turned it on after halftime with a 24-point third quarter to pull away.
Tayler Mills led Marion offensively with 210 passing yards and three total touchdowns. Jacob Berry ran for 81 yards and a touchdown, while Kage Armstrong totaled 71 rushing yards and a score. Nathan Newman led the receivers with 120 yards and a score, and Joshua Rodriguez also coralled a touchdown reception.
The Bulldogs dominated defensively as well, holding the Eagles scoreless through the first three quarters.
Marion is 6-2 overall and tied for the district lead with Lago Vista, who moved to 3-0 in 13-3A-Division I with a 25-18 win over Randolph on Friday.
The Bulldogs and Vikings face each other at Veterans Stadium this Friday at 7:30 p.m., with the winner claiming at least a share of the district title and the No. 1 playoff seed.