Gonzales runs to 56-7 victory
Nov. 30, 2013 at 5:30 a.m.
Updated Dec. 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Alyas Ramirez knew Gonzales was a better team than it showed in its final two District 26-3A games.
The Apaches have proved it by winning three Class 3A, Division I playoff games to move into the quarterfinals for the third time in school history.
"I think we all just realized what we had to do," Ramirez said. "We had to step up and we've done it."
Ramirez rushed for 269 yards and four touchdowns to lead Gonzales to a 56-7 regional win over Rockport-Fulton on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
The Apaches improved to 9-4 and will play district foe La Grange (12-0) in the quarterfinals on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Bastrop Memorial Stadium.
"Our kids played phenomenal," said Gonzales coach Ricky Lock. "We had a game plan in and we executed it from the first quarter to the fourth quarter. The kids played great defense. I think their quarterback got hurt early and that kind of was a factor because he is very good."
The Apaches dominated up front as they have throughout the playoffs. They rushed for 454 yards, limited the Pirates (5-7) to 24 yards rushing, and ran 57 plays to Rockport-Fulton's 40.
The Pirates did not make a first down until 10:18 was left in the second quarter and finished with six.
"They played very well," Lock said of his linemen. "There were a lot of contributors to this and I'm proud of our effort. We've come a long way. We've had ups and downs and peaks and valleys but our kids have fought through injuries and adversity to peak at the right time."
Jordan Johnson had two sacks for the Apaches, including a sack of Rockport-Fulton quarterback Anthony Resendez on the first play from scrimmage that would eventually send him out of the game.
Johnson also helped pave the way for Ramirez and Darrance James, who rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns.
"We're strong up front and if we keep playing the way we're playing we're going to do well," Johnson said. "It's always a good feeling for an offensive lineman for the backs to let them know they're doing well."
Ramirez scored on runs of 69, 15, 5 and 36 yards, and James had touchdown runs of 3 and 64 yards.
"Alyas did well," Lock said. "We move him around a lot. I thought Darrance also ran hard. We have a lot of guys. But Alyas ran well."
Ramirez gave much of the credit to his blockers.
"Those guys are great," he said. "Every play something good can happen."