PHOTO / LISA ROTHE
Tyson Zinsmeyer eludes a Charlotte tackler on a kickoff return.
D’Hanis rips Charlotte up in district win
The D’Hanis Cowboys knew how to do Homecoming up right last
Saturday, Oct. 11.
The Cowboys scored six first half touchdowns, piled up nearly
500 yards of offense and rolled to a 56-20 dismantling of
Charlotte at Butch Woolls Stadium.
The Cowboys are now 4-2 on the year, and more importantly, are
off to a 1-0 start in the District 15-AA-II race. This Friday,
Oct. 17, D’Hanis will travel up to the Hill Country for a 7:30
p.m. contest at Rocksprings. The Angoras (2-4 season) are also
coming off a district-opening win, blanking Leakey last week,
In the win over Charlotte, D’Hanis quarterback Robert Rugh
had what can only be described as a career night. He rushed seven
times, gained 235 yards and scoring three touchdowns, the shortest
of which was 67 yards. He also passed for 77 yards, and, for good
measure, he also returned a kickoff for a score in the second
The Cowboys went right to work, as Rugh scored for the first
time on a 67-yard run, just 33 seconds into the game, giving D’Hanis
a quick 6-0 lead.
On the Cowboys’ second possession, Rugh sprinted 85 yards to
the endzone, then passed to Christian Tapia for the two-point
conversion to make it a 14-0 lead.
The Cowboys’ next two scores both came on short runs by Tapia
-- one in the first quarter and one in the second -- to make it
Minutes later, John Rodriguez got into the scoring column on a
62-yard. Tapia’s kick with 5:19 left in the half made it a 35-0
Just a minute later, Charlotte got on the board as Eric Casares
bolted 52 yards to the endzone for a score.
D’Hanis drove the length of the field for one more score
before the half, with Mitchell Hutto blasting in for a score with
1:36 left, creating a 42-6 halftime lead.
Midway through the third period, Rugh broke loose again, going
69 yards for his third score of the night.
Trojan quarterback David Muñoz closed out the third period
with an eight-yard touchdown run, then passed to James DeLeon for
Starting the fourth quarter with the Charlotte kickoff, Rugh
fielded the short kick and ran it back 60 yards for a Cowboy
touchdown. Homer Rivera closed out D’Hanis’ scoring with the
Charlotte drove quickly downfield to put up the final TD of the
night, a 30-yard pass from Muñoz to Casares with 9:49 left to
Besides Rugh’s average of better than 33 yards per carry,
Rodriguez also had big numbers, with 100 yards on just five
carries. Tapia was the leading receiver with three catches for 49
yards. D’Hanis totaled 472 offensive yards in the win.
Charlotte running back Richard Blankenship also went over the
century mark, with 154 yards rushing on 17 attempts. Casares
rushed for 94 yards and had another 63 yards receiving.