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Hallettsville rolls in opener over Ganado

By MIKE FORMAN
Aug. 31, 2013 at 3:31 a.m.

Hallettsville's Kaden Hardt runs down field as Ganado's Garrett McCann reaches out to make the tackle.

GANADO - Dalton Herrington didn't make a big play every time he touched the ball; it only seemed like that to Ganado.

Herrington scored on a kickoff return, caught a pass for a touchdown and ran for another to lead Hallettsville to a 43-6 season-opening win Friday night at Indian Stadium.

"One thing we concentrate on is being a balanced team," Herrington said. "Being able to run the football, throw the football and be very solid on special teams."

Herrington provided an example of all three. He returned the second half's opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown. He caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nate Kowalik and ran 24 yards for a touchdown in the Brahmas' 28-point third quarter.

"Coach gets me involved in a lot of different ways," Herrington said. "It was a great game plan, and our offensive line did great tonight. It was an overall team effort. We just played the solid game we game planned for all week."

Herrington caught five passes for 104 yards and gained 22 yards on his two carries.

The senior had plenty of support from his teammates. Kowalik completed 11 of 15 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns.

Trenton McGee had three catches for 99 yards and one touchdown. Brent Motal rushed for 93 yards, and Kaden Hardt had 91 yards and one touchdown, as the Brahmas rushed for 235 yards.

"We kind of mixed it up a little bit," said Hallettsville coach Tommy Psencik. "Nate is very good at reading secondaries and stuff. He takes over and runs it. The offensive line did a good job tonight and the defensive line I thought did a great job."

Hallettsville limited Ganado to 132 total yards. The Indians had only three first downs that were not by penalty.

"Sometimes, things go your way," Psencik said. "Our kids sometimes slipped off of some blocks that normally don't happen. They didn't get the breaks at times.

"We were pleased with their effort overall," he added. "Ganado plays tough ball. They are always very physical. I'm proud of the kids, but we have a long way to go as a team."

Ganado played without running back/defensive back Clay Vesely, who was recovering from a separated shoulder.

The Indians' touchdown came on a 7-yard pass from Ray Salazar to Kameron Smith in the fourth quarter.

"At some point this year, we're still going to be a good team," said Ganado coach Jimmy Thompson. "I don't know if people can see that from tonight. But we will."

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