Palacios runs over Goliad for third win of season
Sept. 29, 2011 at 9:29 a.m.
PALACIOS - Palacios likes to grind down opponents, but the Sharks blew up against Goliad.
The Sharks, who typically chip away at defenses with methodically running, recorded 17 plays of 10 yards or more, including five accounting for over 20 yards, Friday night en route to 413 total yards and a 35-14 home win.
Led by quarterback Anthony Garcia's 183 rushing yards and fullback Seth Garcia's 157 rushing yards, the duo combined to score all five of the team's touchdowns to earn a convincing win heading into next week's match-up with Class 1A No. 1 Ganado.
"We started breaking off some big runs, and I saw their defense put their heads down," Anthony Garcia said. "We just started piling the yardage on them."
The Sharks' defense was equally impressive.
Palacios began its domination from the opening kickoff, holding Goliad to just 52 total yards and one first down on six possessions in the first half. The Tigers were forced to punt five times and saw their other first-half drive end with a turnover.
Despite putting together a better performance in the second half, it was not enough for the Tigers to overcome a second quarter in which they allowed the Sharks to score 21 unanswered points.
"It took a bit of the pressure off," Palacios head coach Mike Treybig said of the scoring outburst. "I don't know if the kids feel it as much as the coaches do, but it lifts a burden off our chest. It gave us some breathing room."
And all they needed was small openings to make the opposition pay.
After alternating punts on the first three possessions of the game, Palacios put together a time-consuming drive lasting from 6:53 in the first quarter until 11:12 remained in the second quarter, when Anthony Garcia punched in an 8-yard touchdown run to complete the 15-play drive. Anthony Garcia also ran for a pair of fourth down conversions on the drive.
One Goliad three-and-out later, the Sharks began another scoring drive, needing just 2:03 to cover 73 yards. Seth Garcia put Palacios up by double-digits with an 11-yard run to give the home team a 14-0 advantage.
The Tigers were stuffed once again on the following possession, setting up Palacios' third-consecutive touchdown as Anthony Garcia recorded his second of the night on a twirling, tackle-breaking 19-yard run.
"I thought I had a good performance, but I wish I threw the ball better," Anthony Garcia said of his 1-of-4 showing for 2 passing yards.
With a 21-0 lead, Palacios' defense finally allowed Goliad to pick up a first down with less than four minutes left on the clock, but it did not translate into points as Dalton Sturm's third-and-15 pass was intercepted.
Led by Anthony Garcia's 132 first-half rushing yards, the Sharks (3-2) posted 232 total yards before halftime and collected 10 first downs. Seth Garcia added 71 rushing yards for Palacios in the half.
"Early, we blew a couple of assignments, and we are just young and can't give [big plays] up," Goliad head coach Mark Cunningham said. "We've got to make them earn everything, and we didn't do that early."
Goliad (1-4) played much better after halftime, accounting for 134 of its 186 total yards of offense.
The Tigers began the second half by forcing and recovering a fumble to start the third period, but could not capitalize as they were forced to punt. Goliad punted eight times in the game.
Palacios need just four plays to find the end zone as Anthony Garcia scored on a 32-yard run with 5:53 left in the quarter to make the score 28-7.
On the ensuing possession, Palacios was forced to kickoff from their own 25-yard line because of a penalty following the touchdown. The Tigers responded with a three-play scoring drive that took less than a minute off the clock as Jeremy Pena scored to snap Palacios' shutout and give Goliad a sliver of hope for a comeback.
The score remained the same into the fourth quarter before Seth Garcia struck for a second time, adding an 18-yard touchdown to put Palacios up 35-7 and virtually seal the victory with 2:45 remaining.
Goliad posted one final score when Sturm broke free for an 8-yard touchdown with 1:16. Sturm completed 8 of 25 passes for 142 and an interception, while Pena added a team-high 26 rushing yards on 10 carries.