“Friday was a good night for our Eagles football team. Agua Dulce brought a tough bunch of hard hitting well coached players,” said Pettus head coach Dan Garza.
The Eagles scored two first quarter TDs as Anthony Mendoza hauled in a 23-yard TD throw from QB Matt Gonzales with 7:16 left in the first quarter. Herrera got his first TD of the night about five minutes later as he broke away from the Horns for a 69-yard scamper that ended in the end zone. Herrera kicked both PAT conversions for a 14-0 Pettus led heading into the second period.
Eagle John Constante got loose for a 75-yard scoring run early in the second quarter, but the PAT kick failed on this TD. The Pettus boys led 20-0.
Herrera added to his TD total with a 16-yard run with just under two minutes left in the half. The two-point conversion run was stopped short by the Longhorns’ defense as the Eagles took a 26-0 advantage.
Agua Dulce finally got on the scoreboard against the Eagle defense. QB Homer Hinojosa fired a scoring strike to receiver Trey Mann that covered 54 yards with 1:18 left in the first half. The score at the break was 26-6 with the Pettus boys on top.
Herrera picked up his third score of the night on a 62-yard jaunt in the third period. Quinton Alsobrook kicked the extra point to put the Eagles in front 33-6 with a little over seven minutes left in that quarter. Mendoza then picked off an errant aerial from Longhorn passer Hinojosa and returned it 13 yards for a “pick six.” The Eagles held a 39-6 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
Herrera saved his longest run of the night for the final period. He went 80 yards on his final TD run to finish off the Eagle scoring with 9:18 left to play. The kick failed, but the Pettus boys held an insurmountable 45-6 advantage.
Neither team reached the end zone the rest of the way, and the Eagles secured their Homecoming victory.
Herrera compiled 298 yards on the night on just 17 carries, a 17.5-yard per carry average. Constante went 100 yards on seven tries for the Eagles. Zach Linzille had three yards on his one carry. QB Matt Gonzales lost 20 yards on nine attempts against the Longhorns.
With the running game working so well, QB Gonzales only passed eight times for 35 yards and the one touchdown. Mendoza had the one catch for 23 yards and a score. Herrera hauled in the other pass which went for 12 yards.
The Pettus defense bent but rarely broke in the contest. Agua Dulce picked up 204 yards rushing on 58 carries on the night, and Hinojosa passed for another 108 yards on four completions. Four other of his passes were interceptions by the Pettus secondary, a big key to stopping the Longhorns from scoring any more TDs.
“A total defensive effort with big plays coming from Matt Gonzales, Matt Constante, Anthony Mendoza and Kyle Camden led the way and kept Agua Dulce from scoring more than six points,” said Garza.
The Eagles are in Falls City on Friday to tangle with the Beavers.
“We meet an always tough Falls City this Friday to open our district play. We again must improve this week and leave all we have on the field with minimal mistakes versus a tough opponent like Falls City to come out successful, and that is certainly the plan,” Garza said.