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