“I think it was good for us to approach the game like we’re preparing for Pettus,” said Runge head coach Matt Wright. “They played some good football this year. For them being a 1A Division I team, it was a good game for us to prepare for Pettus.”
The lone score of the first quarter came on the legs of Jeric Esparza as he scored on a running play, though the failed PAT left Runge’s lead at 6-0. Runge scored twice in the second quarter to extend their lead. Scoring for the Yellow Jackets in that span were Steven Salas and Aaron Charles. Ryan Saucedo contributed two extra points to put Runge’s lead at 20-0 at the end of the first half.
In the third quarter, Runge scored twice more, both times by Esparza running it in. Saucedo converted one extra point attempt and another was blocked in that span. The Wildcats also broke the shutout in the third quarter with a rushing touchdown and a two-point conversion. The score stood at 33-8 after three quarters of play.
Both teams scored once in the fourth quarter, with Runge’s score coming once more from a run by Esparza and a PAT by Saucedo. Yorktown scored a passing touchdown but failed to convert the two-point conversion in that span, leaving the final tally at 41-14.
Statistically, Runge gained 381 yards of total offense, with 355 yards rushing over 60 carries and 26 yards passing over two completions. Yorktown was held to 111 yards of total offense, with 88 yards rushing over 21 carries and 23 yards passing over three completions. In terms of penalties, the Yellow Jackets committed 10 penalties for 70 total yards and the Wildcats were flagged five times for 35 total yards.
Despite the victory, Wright knows the stakes are high in order to get to the playoffs.
“We’re going into the Pettus game like we did with Louise,” said Wright. “It’s do or die for us. If we beat Pettus, we feel like we’re in and we’ll let everything else fall like it has to. We’re going in to beat Pettus and get a playoff spot and go from there.”
This week, the Yellow Jackets will go on the road and have their long-anticipated showdown with the Pettus Eagles. Pettus is coming off a win over Louise.
“It’s going to be us staying the course and doing what we do,” said Wright. “We’re going to get Pettus’ best game. We’re going to make sure our kids are ready to play football.”
Kickoff in Pettus is set for Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.