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Apaches defense expects test from Wimberley

By MIKE FORMAN
Nov. 17, 2011 at 5:17 a.m.
Updated Nov. 18, 2011 at 5:18 a.m.


Wimberley Texans vs. Gonzales Apaches

Class 3A, Division II Area

7:30 p.m., Friday

New Braunfels Canyon

Radio: KCTI, 1450 AM

GONZALES - Gonzales' defensive schemes have complicated opponents, but its philosophy is a simple one.

"We want a shutout every game," said defensive back Jon Anthony Casares. "That's what we want."

The Apaches have gotten what they wanted five times this season and three other times they've limited opponents to nine points or less en route to their first 11-win season since 1963.

"It's been a lot of fun, but a lot of hard work while we're having fun," Casares said. "We've got eight or nine seniors and we've all been together since seventh or eighth grade. Knowing it's our senior year and knowing this is the last time most of us are going to play football we're playing with all our heart and everything we've got."

Gonzales (11-0) will face its toughest test this season when it squares off against No. 2 Wimberley (11-0) in a Class 3A, Division II area playoff Friday at 7:30 p.m. at New Braunfels Canyon.

"The big thing about Wimberley is their tradition and also they're so balanced on offense," said Gonzales defensive coordinator Lanny Wilson. "They've been in big games before and they've got really good skill players."

The Texans have scored a total of 410 points, while passing for 1,752 yards and rushing for 1,628 yards.

Brady Lambert has passed for 1,646 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed for 266 yards and five TDs.

"They have tremendous skill kids," said Gonzales head coach Ricky Lock. "I think they're good all away around, but I think their skill kids are better than most 3A school kids."

Gonzales has played defense better than most teams, especially against the run.

The Apaches have yielded a total of 456 yards or less than 50 yards per game.

"Running backs don't like to get hit by us," said linebacker Landon Lock. "We do hitting drills every practice and we get after it 100 percent and it helps us out when we get into the game. Nobody wants to get into a hitting contest with us."

Gonzales has given up 1,076 passing yards, but it's also intercepted 17 passes, including 10 by Casares, who had two in the Apaches' 21-10 bi-district win over Hondo.

"We have some really good players and I think when you start stopping people or getting ahead of them, you make people start taking chances that they otherwise wouldn't take," Wilson said. "When they start running high-risk type of plays, the turnovers come with that."

Wimberley opened the season with a 34-6 win over Cuero, while Gonzales closed out District 28-3A play with a 28-0 win over the Gobblers.

The Texans have been ranked in the state poll all season. Gonzales never got more than seven votes, giving the Apaches all the incentive they need.

"After you play this many games, you're not intimidated," Ricky Lock said. "We've got a pretty mature bunch. We're the underdog and we'll play that role."

NOTES: Gonzales will be the home team ... The Wimberley-Gonzales game is one of three in the state matching undefeated teams ... ... Wimberley running back Trinity Wilson has rushed for 778 yards and 11 touchdowns and has 272 receiving yards and five touchdowns...Lineman Cody Jurek said there's no secret for Gonzales' success. "We're hard working and a good group that knows how to play football."... The Gonzales-Wimberley winner will advance to regional against the winner of Saturday's Sweeny-Rio Hondo game at 6 p.m. in Sinton.

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