Yoakum overcomes Goliad to advance to quarterfinals against Hallettsville
Nov. 26, 2016 at 12:57 a.m.
Updated Nov. 26, 2016 at 1 a.m.
CONVERSE - Jordan Moore lines up in several different positions for Yoakum.
Whether it's running back, wide receiver, cornerback or on special teams, Moore feels no pressure when the ball is in his hands.
Moore rushed for 129 yards on nine carries and scored one touchdown as the Bulldogs defeated Goliad 23-21 in the Class 3A, Division I regional playoff game Friday at D.W. Rutledge Stadium.
"I was trying to do too much in the beginning," Moore said. "I just had to settle down because I know my teammates depend on me to make plays. Once I did that, I was able to score and help the team out."
The Bulldogs (9-4) will play Hallettsville in the quarterfinals next week with a time and place to be determined.
"We're ready for them," Moore said. "We had them at the beginning of the year and let that one get away. We're a different team now than what we were at the beginning of the season."
"Hallettsville is a good football team," said Yoakum head coach Bo Robinbson. "We have been wanting them for a while. It's going to be another tough game ahead for us."
The Tigers finished 9-4 in Bobby Nicholson's first year as the head coach.
"I'm extremely proud of these kids," Nicholson said. "People doubted us at the beginning of the year and never gave us a chance. Look how far we have come, and I wouldn't want another team."
Yoakum got on the scoreboard first.
Yoakum quarterback Bryson Hagan threw an 11-yard pass to Josh Moore for the first down. On the very next play, Jordan took the sweep right, then turned back to the left, and scored on a 64-yard touchdown run.
"Coach told us coming into the game that it was going to be a fight," Jordan Moore said. "Goliad is a really good team and they're young, just like us. We worked hard for every yard we got."
Goliad answered right back on its next offensive possession.
Goliad quarterback Rocky Morris connected with Ricky Waer for a 59-yard touchdown as the Tigers took a 7-6 lead on Yoakum to start the second quarter.
The Bulldogs' running game got clicking on its next offensive possession
Running back Tyron Brooks rushed through the the Tigers' defense for 20 yards then Montreal Jones broke loose for a 54-yard gain. Henry Enoch scored on a 3-yard touchdown run to put Yoakum up 12-6 with 10:21 left in the second quarter.
Enoch scored two touchdowns and rushed for 54 yards on nine carries.
"When I get the ball I just think about getting into the end zone," Enoch said.
"Henry is a tough kid," Robinson said. "We started running the ball a lot more lately to give guys rest, and he was able to get in the end zone tonight."
Just before the second quarter ended, Jordan Moore rushed for 29 yards while avoiding seven Goliad defenders. Enoch would score on an 8-yard touchdown run and Yoakum went into the locker room with a 20-7 lead over Goliad.
"I told the kids in the second half to keep fighting," Nicholson said. "We have come back before in games this year, and I just asked them to not let up."
The Tigers' scored on their first offensive possession in the third quarter.
Tigers running back Logan Bland rushed for 10 and 6 yard gains, then Trevor Parr went down the sideline for a 44-yard touchdown run to cut the Bulldogs' lead to six.
Goliad outscored Yoakum 14-3 in the second half, but it wasn't enough to get the win.
Yoakum kicker Jose De Los Santon nailed a 30-yard field goal that gave the Bulldogs a 23-14 lead with 8:11 left in the fourth quarter.
Bland would cut the lead to three when he scored on a 2-yard touchdown run.
Bland led the Tigers with 160 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown.
"We stumbled there for a while," Robinson said. "Give Goliad credit. They played a great game, and coach Nicholson has done a great job in his first year. We got the win and now we have to have another great week of practice to prepare for Hallettsville."