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Tigers end season
Wilson County NewsNovember 9, 2011 | 1,015 views | 1 comment
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FLORESVILLE -- After falling 48-21 to the unbeaten District 30-4A champs last Friday, the 2011 football season has officially ended for the Floresville Tigers.
The Port Lavaca Calhoun Sandcrabs rolled into town with a perfect 9-0 season record. The team had the district title already wrapped up, and Floresville was hoping for an upset.
The scoring began with Floresville in possession of the ball, but as the Tigers went to kick it away, the Sandcrabs got a hand on the punt. The blocked kick was recovered by Port Lavaca, and returned into the end zone for a Sandcrab touchdown.
The Port Lavaca offense added two more touchdowns in the first quarter of play, as Jeremy Loya ran in from 19 yards out, and Brandon Griffith scored from the 35-yard line. The Tigers blocked the latter extra-point attempt, but the Sandcrabs held a 20-0 lead with 3:27 to play in the first.
In the final minute of the first quarter, Floresville’s defense put points on the board for the Tigers. The Sandcrabs fumbled the ball deep in their own territory, and Floresville’s Rafael Arellano recovered it in the end zone for a Tiger touchdown. Estaban Mireles kicked the extra point, and the score stood at 20-7 as the teams moved into the second quarter.
Port Lavaca resumed its scoring ways in the second quarter, adding touchdowns by Joseph Bargas and Griffith. Both were runs of 8 yards. Victor Rodriguez kicked the extra points, and the Sandcrabs took a 34-7 lead into the locker room.
Loya scored his second touchdown of the game for Port Lavaca early in the third quarter, as he ran in from 9 yards out.
Down, but not out, Floresville’s offense went back to work and finally scored at the 5:11 mark of the third quarter as junior quarterback Colby Shodrock ran it in from a yard out to cap off the Tiger scoring drive. Mireles booted the extra point, and the score stood at 41-14.
Port Lavaca’s defense scored the first Sandcrab touchdown of the game, and went on to score the last. With just under eight minutes remaining in the game, Dustin Snider came up with a Floresville fumble, and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown.
The Tigers were able to score once more in the closing seconds of the game, as Ruben Benavides ran the ball in from 7 yards out. Mireles kicked the extra point, and the game ended with the final score of 48-21.
Sophomore running back Hector Villegas led the Floresville offense with 127 yards on 24 carries, followed by Benavides with 68 yards on 16 carries. Shodrock had five carries resulting in a net loss of 9 yards. Shodrock threw the ball just twice during the game, and connected with Dominique DeWalt once for 29 yards.
The loss drops the Tigers’ overall season record to 4-6, and Floresville was 1-4 in district play.
While the Tigers will once again miss postseason play, Floresville High School will host several playoff games beginning Thursday, Nov. 10, as Kenedy and Shiner meet in a Class 1A battle. Victoria East and Jefferson will meet on Nov. 11, and Marion and Hallettsville will face each other at Eschenburg Stadium Saturday, Nov. 12.
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