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Javier Alfaro found a little room to run on this nine-yard gain in the second half, but for most of the night, Navarro shut down Hondo’s running lanes.



Heath Runnels (42) and Willie Keilman (2) bring down a Navarro runner. The Owls travel to Wimberley this Friday.



The defense had a few bright spots, including a sack of Panther quarterback Ryan Young. Brad West (40), Jacob Rangel (61), Jon Koch (32), Willie Keilman (2) and a flying Ryan Martinez (3) combine on the stop.



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 13-AAAA-II.

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 7:30.

“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 football team.”

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 downs.

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 midfield.

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 final period.

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.”



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