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Jon Koch makes a flying dive at the feet of Wimberley running back Sam Drew during the third quarter on Friday.



Marquis Martinez (24), getting blocks from Rees Saathoff (57) and Aaron Oefinger (21) finds a little bit of daylight in Friday’s game at Wimberley. Hondo hosts Llano in a Halloween contest.



Willie Keilman hauls in a 36-yard pass from Carson Stoner (6) on the game’s second play last Friday in Wimberley.


Owls fall at Wimberley, season entering home stretch

By Jeff Berger
Anvil Herald Sports Editor

Wimberley -- Signs of improvement were there last Friday, Oct. 24.

Not enough to get back into the win column, but at least it was something for the Hondo Owls to build on as the district football race enters the final two weeks.

The Owls lost to Wimberley, 28-7, dropping them to 3-5 overall and 0-2 in the District 13-AAAA-II race.

Still completely in control of their own destiny, the Owls will host the Llano Yellow Jackets this Friday, Oct. 31, at Barry Field. The final regular season home game of the season for the Owls begins at 7:30 p.m. Hondo will conclude the schedule at Lytle on Nov. 7.

The loss to Wimberley was anything but the result the Owls were looking for, but they did take some positives from it.

“I’m proud of how hard our kids fought,” said Hondo Coach Jeff Rochat. “We came up big on defense several times, especially keeping them from scoring at the end of the first half.

“But we still have some major concerns on both sides of the ball. We’d move the ball well for a few plays, then have a critical turnover. Tackling is also a concern. We’ve been so beat up physically, that we’ve had to back off of contact in practice to avoid additional injuries. Then the tackling suffers during the game. Wimberley’s first two scores were both off of missed tackles.”

The Owls had the first big opportunity of the game when Carson Stoner hit Willie Keilman for a 36-yard gain into Wimberley territory. Another 15 yards was added onto that via a face mask penalty.

But two straight plays went backwards for the Owls, and a fourth down pass to Marquis Martinez gained only half of the needed 18 yards.

Starting at their 22, the Texans picked up one first down, but Jon Koch made a big hit in the backfield on Sam Drew for a five-yard loss. Wimberley was not able to regain the lost yardage and had to punt.

Three plays later, however, a Texan interception at the 50-yard line set up a one-play drive. Colton Cerday threw a swing pass to Drew who shed a couple of early tacklers and took it to the endzone. Jake O’Connor’s first of four extra points made it 7-0.

Keilman returned the ensuing kickoff to the Wimberley 40, but the promising situation didn’t go anywhere, forcing another punt.

Cerday scrambled for 18 yards on second down, then passed in the right flat to Hunter Johnson. Like Drew moments earlier, Johnson broke a couple of tackles and went 68 yards to paydirt with 1:17 left in the first quarter.

Again, the Owls reached Texans’ territory, but fumbled at the 34.

Wimberley gained two first downs, reaching Hondo’s end of the field, but defensive plays by Brad West, Martinez, and Jacob Rangel helped to slow down the drive.

Late in the half, the Texans drove to the red zone, but two big plays by West, including a sack of Cerday, pushed Wimberley back to the 21 with the clock winding down. A hurried field goal attempt fell in the endzone as the half ended.

Down 14-0 at the half, the Owls got another stop, forcing a punt on Wimberley’s first drive of the third quarter.

Hondo, however, was unable to get off its own goalline and had to kick it right back.

This time, Wimberley kept it on the ground, and three runs by Drew of 12, 18 and 14 yards produced a TD with 6:10 left in the period.

Hondo started at its 31 after the kickoff. An 11-yard pass to Martinez resulted in a first down at the 45, and a pass interference penalty moved the ball across midfield. Stoner scrambled for 14 yards to the 26, and on 3rd-and-13, a lateral to Brandon Richter and 29-yard strike to Wesley Rogge accounted for the Owls’ first TD in seven quarters. Garrett Van Damme’s extra point cut the margin to 21-7 with 2:20 left in the quarter.

Wimberley responded with a time-consuming 10-play scoring drive, capped by a 4th-and-9 touchdown pass to Johnson with 9:37 left to play.

A Hondo fumble was answered one play later when Rogge intercepted a Wimberley screen pass, but a false start and a sack for the Texan defense backed the Owls up to midfield, forcing another punt.

The Texans marched to the Hondo 30, where a holding penalty erased a Drew fourth down TD run. On the next play, Koch, Hunter Eitze and Tristan Garza combined on a sack to end the drive.

Hondo punted once more, before Wimberley ran out the clock.


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