“I thought we improved on defense,” said Runge head coach Matt Wright. “We made some changes personnel wise and it worked out well. Offensively we did what we do.”
The Yellow Jackets drew first blood just 15 seconds into the ball game as Jeric Esparza scored on a 17-yard run, with Ryan Saucedo kicking the extra point. The Hornets countered later in the first quarter with a running score of their own, though the missed PAT left the score in Runge’s favor at 7-6 after a quarter of play. In the second quarter, both teams scored once, with Runge scoring with 6:15 on the clock on a 6-yard run by Esparza and Saucedo kicking the extra point. Louise scored a rushing touchdown and a two-point conversion in the second quarter, putting the halftime score at an even 14-14.
Runge broke the tie in the fourth quarter, with 4:19 left to play, as Esparza scored his third rushing touchdown of the game, this one from 25 yards out. Saucedo kicked the PAT to put the final tally at 21-14.
Statistically, Runge gained 271 yards of total offense, with 251 yards rushing over 29 carries and 20 yards passing over two completions. By comparison, Louise had 170 yards of total offense, with 127 yards rushing over 20 carries and 43 yards passing over five completions. In terms of penalties, Runge committed five penalties for 50 total yards and Louise was flagged seven times for 35 total yards.
“Our point of emphasis is to get into the playoffs,” said Wright about the team’s focus with three games left. “That’s the only thing that matters.”
This week, the Yellow Jackets will have a non-district contest at home as the Yorktown Wildcats come to town.
“Last year, we didn’t do a good job with our preparation and mindset,” said Wright. “This is a chance in a game setting to prepare for Pettus. We’re going out there to get better and play a quality opponent.”
Kickoff in Runge is set for Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.