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Floresville Tigers clinch post-season berth spot
SAN ANTONIO -- Revenge was on the minds of the Floresville Tigers as they took the field last Friday and stomped the Kennedy Rockets 38-14.
The Tigers would make the Rockets bear the brunt of their frustration due to their Oct. 26 heart-wrenching loss to Medina Valley, as Floresville’s offense racked up 21 points in the first quarter alone.
As usual, the dynamic duo of Hector Villegas and Ruben Benavides punished the opposing defense with a blistering rushing attack.
Villegas drew first blood with a 39-yard run at 8:09 in the first quarter. An Esteban Mireles kick put the Tigers up 7-0.
As the quarter began to wind down, Villegas would again break through the defense, taking off for a 24-yard scamper for another touchdown.
Cainan Payne pounded in a 3-yard run with 21 seconds left in the first quarter to bring the score to 21-0.
The Tiger defense, led by John Handowski, seemed to dominate the Rocket offense, holding them to only 166 yards of total offense the entire game.
The Tigers put 3 more points on the board in the middle of the second quarter as Esteban Mireles easily completed a 39-yard field goal, which brought the score to 24-0.
Not to be outdone, the Rocket offense finally put points on the board with 2:41 left in the first half. A touchdown and 2-point conversion would bring the score to 24-8.
The ground-and-pound technique came roaring back in the second half as Benavides and Villegas punished the Rockets for taking the field.
Benavides scored with 6:39 left in the third quarter to bring the score to 31-8.
As the Tiger defense continued to shut down the Rocket offense, Payne tacked on another touchdown in the fourth quarter to increase the Tiger lead to 38-8.
The Rockets could only score in the final seconds of the fourth quarter, which brought the score to 38-14.
After an unsuccessful onside kick attempt, the Tigers regained control of the ball and took a knee to end the game.
Colby Shodrock went 4 of 8 for 41 yards, but it was the rushing attack of the Tiger offense which brought them to victory.
The Tigers rushed for 350 total yards on the ground.
Benavides was the leading rusher, gaining 154 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.
Villegas was right behind, but an injury in the second half cut his play short. Villegas rushed for 97 yards on 9 carries for 2 touchdowns.
Payne had 12 touches for 59 yards and went into the end zone twice.
Xavier Lara, Jonathon Huber, and Travis Tieken also carried the ball, totaling 19 yards.
Coach Jeff Luna said his team performed well.
“This was a game that we worked real hard to win,” Luna said. “The kids came out and did what they had to do. They executed well and played hard. Next week, we will be playing for a shot at the district title. We have Southside next week and they just beat Harlandale, so it’s going to be a tough game but we’ll be ready. We clinched a spot in the playoffs with this win tonight, so it was a good win.”
The Tigers, now 7-2 on the season and 5-1 in district, will play their final game of the regular season this Friday, Nov. 9, at home against the Southside Cardinals, with the kickoff set for 7 p.m.
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