Stockdale Brahmas beat up on Natalia Mustangs
Brahma junior running back Christian Segura (3) is corralled by a host of Natalia Mustangs during Stockdale’s 40-13 win last Friday night.
STOCKDALE -- Brahma running back Matt Valadez has been getting things done for several years now, but the senior had a spectacular game against Natalia last Friday night, running for more than 400 yards and five touchdowns on the night.
With two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter and another in the third, Valadez did everything he could to lead his team to a win. He also ran for a pair of touchdowns in the second half, while teammate Gage Haley ran in another.
Natalia managed two touchdowns during the second half. One came on the ground, while the other came on a short 4-yard passing play. One extra point was converted, and the Mustangs’ 13 points were far from enough to keep them in the game.
The night belonged to Valadez, though, as his numbers are impossible to ignore -- 19 carries for 420 yards. His longest run of the game was 67 yards, and he averaged 22.11 yards per carry.
Christian Segura had a good night with 60 yards on eight carries, and Haley had 36 paces and a touchdown on his four carries of the night. Joaquin Munoz, Aaron Wallace, Jacob Cardenas, and Darion Bird also had carries for the Brahmas.
With Cardenas and Bird splitting time under center, Stockdale completed 6 of 14 passes for a total of 67 yards. Freshman Joel Marquez had a big 31-yard reception, and sophomore Wallace had two grabs for 21 yards. Senior Jacob Urrabazo reeled one in for 9 yards, and Valadez even had a catch for 5 yards. Haley caught a pass for a yard.
The Brahma defense played well throughout the night, holding the Mustang offense to 154 yards on the ground, and 69 yards through the air. Natalia was forced to punt the ball four times.
The win improves the Brahmas’ record to 2-3 on the season, and Stockdale is now 1-1 in district play. The Brahmas will be back at home this Friday night, as Stockdale welcomes another herd of Mustangs, this time from Nixon-Smiley.
Nixon-Smiley is currently 3-2 on the year, and shares a 1-1 mark in district play. The Mustangs are coming off a tough 21-14 loss to Dilley for Homecoming, and will be looking to get back on track. Like Stockdale, Nixon-Smiley is another run-heavy team, and the rivalry between the schools should help keep fans from both sides on the edge of their seats.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at Bobby Russell Field.