PHOTOS / JEFF BERGER
Luke Langfeld breaks into the clear for a big gainer on the Cowboys’ first offensive play of the night.
Dante Diaz (13) and Jonah Perez (1) converge on a Falls City runner during the second quarter of Friday’s regional playoff game at Jourdanton.
Cowboys’ season ends in third round
By Jeff Berger
Anvil Herald Publisher
Jourdanton -- Falls City scored on four consecutive possessions in the first half to pull away from D’Hanis last Friday, Nov. 27, at Indian Stadium.
The Beavers went on to a 39-0 win over the Cowboys in the teams’ Class 2A-Div. II regional playoff. D’Hanis’ season ends at 8-1, while the 10-2 Beavers will now advance to a state quarterfinal matchup this Friday, Dec. 4, against Christoval in Fredericksburg.
Falls City had trouble holding onto the ball early, fumbling three times during its opening pos session, with the last one being recovered by the Cowboys’ AJ Bridges.
On D’Hanis’ first offensive play, the Cowboys lined up with four wideouts in a diamond formation. Quarterback Jonah Perez fired to Luke Langfeld who took it 40 yards to the FC 27. But after three more plays went nowhere, a reverse pass was picked off at the 5-yard line.
Keeping it all on the ground, the Beavers marched 95 yards in 11 plays, picking up five first downs, and getting the touchdown on a 34-yard burst by Cole Thomas. Doubling as placekicker, quarterback Luke Shaffer connected on the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 1:08 left in the first quarter.
Again, the Cowboys had a big play up their sleeves. A direct snap to Ethan Reyes turned into a 50-yard run to the Falls City 13. But on the next play, Grant Jendrusch stepped in front of a Perez pass and returned the interception 82 yards to the D’Hanis 12. After a penalty, Thomas went 16 yards for his second TD of the night as the second quarter began. Shaffer’s PAT attempted clanked off the left upright, leaving the score at 13-0.
After three plays, the Cowboys were forced to punt into a stiff breeze and the ball went out of bounds at the D’Hanis 45.
The Beavers drove to the endzone in eight plays, with Jendrusch scoring from five yards out with 6:30 left in the half. The Cowboys snuffed out the two-point try.
Facing a 3rd-and-17 after a sack, FC got its third pick, with Wesley Molina returning the ball to the D’Hanis 20. On first down, Thomas took it straight up the middle for the Beavers’ fourth TD. Shaffer’s kick made it 26-0.
D’Hanis put together its most productive drive of the night following the kickoff. Perez kept for 14 yards, then passed to Langfeld for another first down at the FC 42. Another run by Perez, this one for 15 yards set up a first down inside the 30, but a pass to the endzone was the Beavers’ fourth INT of the night, drawing the first half to a close.
Falls City got its fifth and final interception of the night early in the third period. The Beavers ran 11 offensive plays, melting away five minutes off the clock, before a pair of penalties backed them into a punting situation.
D’Hanis had to punt it right back from deep its in own end of the field, but Eusebio Tapia took advantage of the wind to boot it into FC territory.
Facing a 3rd-and-10, FC completed its only pass of the night, but Shaffer’s strike to Cody Arrisola went for 51 yards and a TD, giving the Beavers a 33-0 lead with 1:50 left in the third.
The Cowboys had no penalty yardage on Friday – at least no penalties which were accepted. They were flagged twice on one play, as the fourth quarter started, but with result of the play, an accidental completion from Langfeld to lineman Will Schawe for a loss of yards on an already long-yardage situation, FC declined both.
The Cowboys punted to the Falls City 42, and on third down, Arrisola broke loose for a 44-yard gain to the 11. Jendrusch scored on the next play to bring it to 39-0 with 8:57 left to play. Lining up as if to go for two, Shaffer took a knee on the conversion try.
The Cowboys picked up one more first down on a pass from Perez to Tapia, but punted three plays later.
Falls City’s backups milked the clock, picking up two first downs and draining the game’s final six minutes.
Quarterback Jonah Perez will cap off his career at D’Hanis with his participation in the San Antonio All-Star Game on Jan. 30.