The Tigers, who committed 15 penalties, roared back from a 28-14 halftime deficit to tie the game heading into the fourth quarter. But Edna’s De’Quan Cantu scored his third touchdown of the game with 4:38 remaining to put the Cowboys ahead for good and Deonte Jones’ 33-yard return of an interception secured a 41-28 win over the Tigers.
“Our kids didn’t quit,” Goliad coach John Mares said. “That was a very positive point about that game. We’re very pleased with the way they handled themselves and came back fighting. That tells you what kind of good kids you’ve got and shows you that good things are going to happen.”
Edna broke a 7-7 tie in a first quarter that saw both teams combine for 35 points. After Goliad quarterback Dalton Sturm, who had 155 yards rushing in the game and scored four touchdowns 0, tied the game at 7-all with 48-yard touchdown run, Tyler Kucera returned the ensuing kickoff 87 yards for a score to put the Cowboys back up 13-7.
With 1:30 remaining in the first quarter, Edna’s Austin Kelley scored on a 4-yard run and threw a 2-point conversion pass to Cantu to pad the Cowboys’ lead to 21-7.
Goliad answered with Sturm’s 1-yard touchdown run just before halftime, but Cantu struck again in the second quarter on a 9-yard reception that sent Edna into halftime with a 28-14 lead.
The Tigers (2-1) came back in the third quarter as Sturm scored from 1 yard out and added an 8-yard TD run with 8:53 left in the game to knot the game at 28-all.
But Edna (2-1) scored on its next possession when Cantu, who rushed for 87 yards on nine carries, broke loose again on an 8-yard touchdown run to give the Cowboys a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Edna, which lost its season opener 56-0 to Refugio, utilized its speed advantage over the Tigers to roll up 339 yards of offense.
“That’s why we play people like this because you don’t see speed like that,” Mares said. “We’ll now be better prepared to play somebody like that down the road.”
Edna was flagged 19 times and both teams combined for 34 penalties in the game. Goliad’s miscues occurred at inopportune times to stop potential scoring drives.
“It’s back to the drawing board,” Mares said. We have to eliminate those penalties. Those things tend to kill you, especially when you have drives going and you’re inside the 20. That’s something you work on every day in practice and for some reason Friday night it reached up and grabbed us.”
Goliad travels to Mathis on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. non-district game against the Pirates.