PHOTO / CHARLES CARLSON
Wesley Rogge (8) goes airborne for a first down catch Friday.
Navarro owns first half, coasts to easy victory
By Jeff Berger
Anvil Herald Sports Editor
Things started off not good for the Hondo Owls on Friday night,
Oct. 17. And they didn’t take long to get worse.
Navarro scored on its first five possessions, added another
score right before halftime, then one more with its reserves in
the middle of the fourth period, on the way to a 47-0 rout of the
Owls at Barry Field.
Not exactly how Hondo had hoped to open play in District
The Owls (3-4 season, 0-1 in district) will now hit the road to
go visit Wimberley for another tough task this Friday, Oct. 24, at
“It was a case of not being able to sustain drives on
offense,” said Hondo coach Jeff Rochat. “Three of their first
four scores were a direct result of turnovers.
“Then on defense, you play solid for several plays, making
them work hard for short yardage, and then they bust a big one on
you. You have to back up good plays with more good plays. And
avoid turnovers. That’s the only way you can beat a good
Navarro (6-1, 2-0) took the opening kickoff and got three small
chunks of yardage, before Anthony Grant broke loose for 32 yards.
Then after Willie Keilman sacked Navarro quarterback Ryan Young,
Grant broke another run for 19 yards and a touchdown, giving the
Panthers a 7-0 lead.
Hondo went to work offensively, and looked to be pretty
methodical. The Owls converted third downs on short passes from
Carson Stoner to Andrew DeLeon and to Rogge. Another short toss to
Marquis Martinez had the Owls at the Navarro 42. But the ball was
knocked loose on the next play, and Ty Shelton returned it 55
yards for a Panther TD. Martinez blocked the extra point, but the
momentum had shifted completely in Navarro’s favor, and wouldn’t
be coming back Hondo’s way too often.
A Young interception in Hondo territory led to a 41-yard TD run
two plays later.
Still in the first quarter, another pick, this time by freshman
Will Eveld, was returned to the Hondo 16. Sophomore Jake Wright
scored four plays later, making the score 27-0 just 30 seconds
into the second quarter.
Hondo punted from midfield, and the Panthers took nine plays
and five minutes to drive 80 yards, where Ronnie Goldman scored
from the 1.
After another Hondo punt, the Owls got their first break of the
game, when Eveld, the backup QB, fumbled and Rogge returned it to
the Navarro 33.
On first down, Brandon Richter passed to Keilman for a first
down at the 10. A sweep to Matt DeLeon got the ball to the 3, but
the Owls were flagged for holding, backing them up to the 20. It
was one of only four penalties against Hondo on the night, but it
was easily the most costly.
Hondo ended up unable to move off the 20 and lost the ball on
With 29 seconds still to play in the half, the Panthers ran one
play and called timeout. Eveld rolled right and threw deep, where
Bryce Brumley had broken free up the visitors’ sidelines. The
play went for a 78-yard touchdown with 11 seconds still left on
the clock. Navarro took a 40-0 lead to the locker room.
Hondo drove for two first downs to open the second half, on
runs by Keilman and Javier Alfaro, but again had to punt from
Navarro drove off its goalline, but the Owl defense came up
with a series of stops, including a combined sack for Brad West
and Jacob Rangel, and two other tackles in the backfield for
Richter and Rogge. The drive stalled at the Hondo 32.
Another Panther drive ended with Matt DeLeon grabbed a
deflected pass out of the air for an interception, early in the
But on third down, a backfield mixup resulted in a fumble,
which the Panthers covered at the Hondo 30.
Three plays later, Isaiha Grant scored from three yards out to
complete the scoring.
“We played better in the second half,” said Coach Rochat.
“There was no quit in our guys. We played hard, but we just didn’t
play as well as we needed to. Sometimes it gets away from you.”