Tuloso-Midway proves too much for East
The Victoria East Titans kickoff return group had it going early.
Jonathan Ortega and Deondric Lofton took a couple of kick return handoffs the distance to spark the home crowd, but unfortunatly the Titans couldn't sustain the momentum.
The Tuloso-Midway Warriors scored 21 points on three turnovers in the second half to pull away from the Titans 49-20 on Friday at Memorial Stadium.
"We had way too many turnovers and they did something to cause those, sometimes," said Titans head coach Roland Gonzalez. "They played a whole lot better than we did tonight."
The loss drops East to 1-4 on the season and 0-1 in District 30-4A play. The Warriors improve to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in district play.
Mark Cavazos led the Titans with 126 yards and a touchdown passing.
It appeared to be a high scoring affair early on thanks to the Tuloso-Midway offensive and the East kick return units.
After the Warriors scored on a seven-play, 74-yard drive, Dallas Franco took the ensuing kickoff, ran back five yards and handed the ball off to Ortega who took the ball 80-yards for a quick answer.
"I just do what I do," Ortega said. "I saw the hole and kept running."
After Tuloso-Midway's second score, Ortega took the ensuing kick, handed it off to Lofton who went 90-yards for the score.
"Our special teams did a heck of a job tonight and that's basically what got us the points," Lofton said.
A missed extra point and a failed two-point conversion were responsible for East's inability to tie the game.
The East offense didn't run a single play until the 4:12 mark of the second quarter, but they had trouble extending drives and giving the defense a break.
East managed just three first downs and had a total of 35 yards in the first half.
Tuloso-Midway running back Tyler Smith scored on a triple-option pitch with 4:14 remaining in the first quarter to give the Warriors a nine-point lead they took into the locker rooms at halftime.
The Titans got the ball to begin the second half and the offense, down by nine points, looked to inch East closer and give the defense a much needed break.
Tuloso-Midway's offense ran 40 plays in the first half compared to just 23 by East. Mistakes in the form of turnovers was East's undoing in the second half.
Senior quarterback Cameron Schultz fumbled on the second play from scrimmage and Warriors running back Maclovio Reyes scored a one-yard touchdown to put Tuloso-Midway ahead 28-12.
The Titans fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Warriors converted four plays later on a Tyler Smith four-yard run.
"When we ran our stuff right, we went places, but we messed up on the little things," Ortega said. "Dropping the ball, fumbling, the little things killed us today."
Cavazos' fumble on a 12-yard run gave the Titans the same number of offensive plays as turnovers in the third quarter.
Reyes added another touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter to give Tuloso-Midway a 42-20 lead.
Four turnovers and 75 penalty yards helped Tuloso-Midway cruise to a district road win.
Schultz led the Titans in receptions with two for 41 yards.
Cavazos had the only other Titans score of the night with a 35-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
The Titans offense had 189 total yards, nine first downs and got inside the Warrior 40 twice.
"We didn't struggle moving the ball, we struggled with mental mistakes," Gonzalez said.
"Being able to put it into the end zone was difficult for us tonight."