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Tigers dominate Lanier for Homecoming victory
The Floresville Tigers take the field prior to kickoff against Lanier last Friday. The Tigers dominated the game from its onset, and rolled to an easy 34-12 win over the Voks.
FLORESVILLE -- While the Homecoming activities may have been overshadowed by the threat of inclement weather, the wind and rain didn’t prevent the Tiger football team from taking the field and clearly dominating Lanier last Friday night at Eschenburg Field.
The Tigers kicked off to the Voks to get things started, but a quick three-and-out put the ball in the Tigers’ hands, and set them up with great field position at midfield.
An offside penalty against Lanier gave Floresville a first-and-5 from inside Voks territory, and a quick passing strike from sophomore quarterback Koby Wilkerson to junior receiver Troy Hughey gave the Tigers a new set of downs at the 39-yard line. Floresville went back to the air as Wilkerson connected with sophomore Bradley Bunn, and the offense was rolling at the Lanier 21. Senior running back Gilbert Ortiz put together several nice runs, and eventually capped off the Floresville drive with a 9-yard touchdown run right up the middle of the field. Aaron Balles came on for the extra point, and the Tiger crowd celebrated a 7-0 advantage.
Lanier fielded the ensuing kickoff at its own 32, but managed only to move backwards. Facing a third-and-22 situation, the Voks looked for a first down, but Hughey made a great defensive play to break up the pass, forcing another Lanier punt.
Unfortunately for the Voks, the punt was about as bad as they get, sailing out of bounds at the Lanier 20-yard line. Senior Mark Livesay made a good run to the 9-yard line, and Ortiz moved it to the 2-yard line. Big Nick Wilkerson lined up in the backfield for Floresville and punched it in with little effort, giving the Tigers a 13-0 lead. Balles split the uprights, and the score stood at 14-0 with 5:47 still remaining in the first quarter.
The Voks got a little something going on their next possession. After starting at their own 30, Lanier drove down into Tiger territory, before finding itself with a fourth-and-6 from the Floresville 24-yard line. The Voks elected not to attempt the long field goal and went to the air on fourth down. The pass fell incomplete, however, and the Tigers took over.
Floresville was only able to reach its own 36-yard line, and punted the ball over to Lanier. The Voks returned the favor with a three-and-out, however, and the Tigers started their next possession at their own 20-yard line. Floresville used a healthy mix of runs and passes, and quickly moved into Lanier territory and down to the Voks’ 25-yard line. Koby Wilkerson finished things off with a quarterback keeper for the score, and the extra point made it a 21-0 game with 7:54 to play in the half.
A bit of craziness occurred on the ensuing kickoff as the ball went short but high, caught the breeze, and hung in the air for what appeared to be the perfect amount of time. Lanier seemed a bit confused by the kick, and seemed powerless as a member of the Tiger kicking team ran under the ball and caught it, giving possession right back to Floresville. The Tigers then drove down to the 30 before facing a fourth-and-8 situation. Floresville ran the ball for about 7-1/2 yards, giving the ball back to Lanier at about the 22.
The Voks went three-and-out, but got off a booming punt with a favorable roll. The kick pinned the Tigers down at their own 1-yard line, but the Floresville offense went back to work and put together one of their best drives of the season.
The Tigers used a healthy mix of run and pass to systematically work their way down the field. They consumed nearly the entire clock and eventually found themselves on the 14-yard line. Vernon Marsh made his way down the sideline, and Koby Wilkerson laid in a perfect pass to the corner of the end zone, giving the Tigers their fourth touchdown of the game. The point-after attempt failed, but the 99-yard scoring drive burned up all but 56 seconds off the clock, and left the Voks in a 27-0 hole.
Following the break for halftime, Ortiz scored his second touchdown of the night on a 6-yard run from scrimmage. The extra point was good, and the score stood at 34-0.
In the final seconds of the third quarter, Lanier finally got on the scoreboard with a 6-yard passing play from Nicholas Garcia to Jesus Martinez. The 2-point play failed. The Voks scored again at the 3:10 mark of the fourth quarter on a passing play from Garcia to Steven Horton, and the 2-point play was again unsuccessful. As the final buzzer sounded, it was Floresville with the dominating Homecoming win, 34-12.
Offensively, Ortiz was the Tigers’ workhorse on the night, carrying the ball 17 times for 101 yards. Travis Morales picked up 51 yards on five carries, and Koby Wilkerson ran four times for 40 yards. Koby Wilkerson completed 8 of 9 passing attempts for 123
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