After jumping out to a 7-0 lead, the Tigers’ offense found it difficult to do much against the Eagles as Goliad suffered its first District 15-2A, Division I loss in a 27-10 setback to Luling.
The loss dropped the Tigers to 4-2 on the season and 1-1 in district play. Luling improved to 3-3 and 2-0.
The Tigers, who scored on the game’s last play from scrimmage to beat Jourdanton 21-20 in their district opener on Sept. 28, went up 7-0 on Jermey Pena’s 6-yard touchdown run and Dalton Sturm’s extra point with 2:36 left in the first quarter.
But a fumble deep in its own territory by Goliad set up Brendon Cubit’s 1-yard touchdown run with 1:05 left in the first half. Shawnessy Marshall’s extra point tied the game at 7-all.
That’s how the game stood until Luling’s Josh Alvarez caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Treyden Staton to put the Eagles up 13-7 with 7:40 remaining in the third quarter.
After a 33-yard Sturm field goal pulled the Tigers within 13-10, Luling struck for another touchdown on Staton’s 9-yard run with 10:13 left in the game.
The Eagles added one more score with nine seconds remaining on a 1-yard run by Quinton Grant.
“You have games like that when things kind fall apart,” Goliad head coach John Mares said. “You’re glad to get those out of the way and go on to the next one.”
The Tigers will host Marion on Friday night on Homecoming.
“Our first three ball games in district are pretty tough,” Mares said. “Now we have our backs against the wall and have to get back on the winning side.”