Yoakum stuns Edna, wins 21-13
BY WILL BROWN - WBROWN@VICAD.COM
Sept. 16, 2011 at 4:16 a.m.
YOAKUM - There was no way they were going to let down an expectant crowd. The energy inside Bulldog Stadium was too lively, too excited, and too vocal in their support for the Yoakum football team to lose its 2011 Homecoming game.
"We always want to play hard, but the atmosphere we had out here just pumped us up a lot," said senior linebacker Kody Perez. "It made us do amazing things tonight."
Andrew Jimenez's 53-yard touchdown on the first offensive play was a statement of intent that Yoakum had no intention of losing to Edna for a third straight season.
Things got tight in the end, but that supportive crowd was able to watch the Bulldogs line up in victory formation to seal a 21-13 victory over the previously undefeated Cowboys.
"This is good. We played our hearts out and played as a team," said Yoakum quarterback Jeff Harrison. "We fought together when we were down. When they were driving on us we stayed together, we didn't put our heads down."
Harrison completed 70 percent of his passes (7-10) for 116 yards and two touchdowns in his final Homecoming game.
It is a minor detail that Yoakum (3-1) never trailed in the contest. However, there were times Edna threatened to tie the game in the second and fourth quarters.
Edna (3-1) recovered a Yoakum fumble at the Bulldog 30 yard line midway in the second quarter. Four plays later, the Cowboys were marching toward a tying touchdown, when they fumbled the football into the end zone with 5:36 left in the first half.
Yoakum recovered and held onto a 7-0 lead at halftime. Edna fumbled four times in the first half. On the night the Cowboys put the ball on the ground five times and lost possession on three occasions.
"We didn't play as good as we needed to play," said Edna football coach Mike Pierce. "I give all the credit to how Yoakum played tonight. They played well. They executed and they made plays when they needed to make plays and we didn't."
Pierce said his team had too many turnovers and penalties Friday. He emphasized his boys had a lack of execution in their final non-district game of the season.
"Our defense was on the field way too much," Pierce said. "Yoakum did a good job of keeping it out of our hands, but our defense was on the field too long tonight."
The Bulldogs ran the football 33 times for 125 yards. Their physical rushing attack set up the passing game. Harrison's 50 yard touchdown pass to tight end Ryan Kvinta with 7:20 remaining in the third quarter was set up by consistent running between the tackles.
The 14-0 lead was instantly halved. Edna scored on just two plays, the second of which was an 80-yard touchdown pass from DeQuan Cantu to John Hughes 51 seconds after Kvinta's touchdown.
Edna had 355 yards of offense, which was well below their season average of 411 yards per game. Devin Parks ran for 101 yards on 12 carries, and caught two passes for 69 yards; however, he did not score a touchdown.
Frequent procedural and motion penalties from the Cowboys did no favors to what has proven to be a potent offense. Edna finished with 13 penalties for 90 yards, while Yoakum was penalized seven times for 50 yards.
Perez said the win, and strong defensive performance, will give his team confidence when they head to Gonzalez next week for their district opener. After enduring a 2-8 2010, the Bulldogs are confident they can beat whoever it is across from them.
"Our kids are starting to believe," said Yoakum football coach Brent Kornegay. "You have to have some momentum going into district, it's critical. Our district is so tough. We don't have time to take Friday's off because you have to play every (hard) every week."