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Tigers fall to Sandcrabs in bi-district matchup

Tigers fall to Sandcrabs in bi-district matchup
Members of the Floresville Tiger football team gather during a community pep rally Nov. 15. The pep rally was held prior to the playoff game between the Floresville Tigers and the Port Lavaca Calhoun Sandcrabs. Members of the community and student body packed the Wilson County Courthouse square to cheer on their team.

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Wilson County News
November 21, 2012

Floresville 21

Port Lavaca-Calhoun 48

CORPUS CHRISTI -- A late-game rally wasn’t enough to bring the Tigers back from a 14-point deficit, which began in the first quarter, as Floresville’s playoff hopes were dashed last Friday night when they suffered a 48-21 loss to the Port Lavaca Calhoun Sandcrabs.

It would be the Sandcrabs who controlled the tempo of the game with their rushing attack, as 446 of their 496 yards of offense came on the ground.

Throughout the season, the Tigers had been consistent in grinding away clock time, utilizing the dual rushing threat of Hector Villegas and Ruben Benavides. But the Tigers were only able to amass 176 yards on the ground against a Sandcrab defense that is state-ranked.

The Sandcrabs would reach the end zone four times without a Tiger response before Ruben Benavides pounded in a 7-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, which brought the score to 27-7 with 4:04 remaining in the half.

Port Lavaca would again reach the end zone with 11 seconds left before halftime to bring its lead to 34-7.

As the second half opened up, it appeared as if the Sandcrabs were firmly in control of the game, as they dropped a pair of touchdowns on the Tigers in the third quarter, which brought the score to 48-7.

But the Tigers gritted their teeth and fought back as the third quarter came to a close and quarterback Colby Shodrock found John Handowski on a 64-yard pass into the end zone.

The Tigers scored again in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard dash by Hector Villegas to bring the final score to 48-21, ending the Tigers’ 2012 season.

Shodrock went 6 of 10 throwing the ball, for 98 yards and one touchdown. Notable receivers were Handowski with two catches for 72 yards, Benavides with one grab for 7 yards, Cainan Payne with two catches for 14 yards, and Aaron Laskowski with one catch for 5 yards.

T+he Tiger rushing game was led by Villegas, who ran 24 times for 139 yards. Other notable rushers were Benavides, who went 34 yards on 10 carries, and Gilbert Ortiz, who carried the ball once for 3 yards.

The Tigers end their season with an overall record of 8-3, and the team was 6-1 in district play. Floresville earned a share of the District 29-4A title in the process.

The Tigers will be hit hard by graduation in the spring, but do have a number of sophomores and juniors who will return with some valuable playing experience, many of whom play in key skill positions.

Your Opinions and Comments

November 27, 2012 3:12pm
Spec Ops.....Hey coach, you are the one that said the Tiger's play calling was worse than their opponents. There was no qualifications to your statement. The Tiger winning records disprove your statement as regards to 2012 ... More ›

Spec Ops  
November 27, 2012 1:31pm
Grouch of you knew anything about high school football you know when you play memorial, southside, McCollum, Uvalde, Lanier and Kennedy you simply have to show up and win. Check the records on those teams. You won't find one ... More ›

November 27, 2012 12:34pm
Spec Ops.....Yep, just as I suspected, a lower level coach who has an inflated opinion of his coaching abilities. You state that the current coaching staff play calling doesn't match their opponents. If this is true, how ... More ›

Spec Ops  
November 27, 2012 12:05pm
Grouch, Im not degrading kids at all, only wish they had better coaching. You dont live here or see the games, so how can you comment on coaching calls or decisions. Im simply stating, this coaching staff has been here a long ... More ›

November 26, 2012 10:44am
Spec Ops......Playing calling was good enough to have a very respectable winning average. What is your purpose for critical comments about the coach. You downgrade the player's accomplishment by degrading their competition. There ... More ›

Spec Ops  
November 25, 2012 7:50pm
Grouch you obviously have never attended a tiger game. The coaching is mediocre at best. The offense is predictable the defense never makes proper adjustments at halftime and the play calling is horrible. With the district ... More ›

November 25, 2012 11:52am
Spec Ops and wcb..... Coaching change of a 1st year head coach with a co-district championship. Dumb and Dumber.

Spec Ops  
November 24, 2012 7:49pm
The Tigers have to take a look at thier coachIng. This staff has been there over 6 years and haven't had much to cheers about until this year. Let's be honest, if we were in our old district we could have easily been 2-8 ... More ›

Spec Ops  
November 24, 2012 7:39pm
The Tigers have to take a look at thier c

November 24, 2012 12:57pm
The Tigers have played Port Lavaca for the last 5 or 6 years and get their heads kicked in everytime. Luna has been a tiger coach for every single one of those losses. He obviously is not the guy that is going to turn the tide. ... More ›

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