Rock clamps down on D’Hanis
Not much went right for D’Hanis on Homecoming Saturday night, Sept. 23.
The Cowboys’ offense struggled all evening, while Rocksprings piled up the yards, the score, and generally played keep-away from D’Hanis in a 30-7 district opener at Butch Woolls Stadium.
D’Hanis (0-5 season, 0-1 in District 15-2A-II) will look for its first win of the year this Friday, Sept. 29, when the Cowboys visit Charlotte (1-4, 0-1) in a 7 p.m. league contest.
While Rocksprings was rushing for 332 yards, and owning the ball for just under 75% of the total game time, D’Hanis was earning just one first down. The Cowboys had four total, but three were via Rocksprings penalties.
The lone first down came on D’Hanis’ most successful play of the evening, a 60-yard touchdown strike from Raine Redden to Gabe Perez to open the fourth quarter. Kade Hendry’s extra point completed the scoring for the Cowboys.
The rest of the night belonged to the Angoras. Rocksprings went 65 yards in eight plays on its first possession of the night, with quarterback Jaden Arispe scoring from a yard out. Bo Hernandez ran in the two-pointer for an 8-0 lead.
The Cowboys’ defense forced a punt on the Angoras’ second possession, and held Rocksprings on downs on the third. But midway through the second quarter, Rocksprings drove 48 yards, scoring with just 13 seconds left in the half on a 24-yard pass from Arispe to Ty Hendley. The two-point run by Arispe made it 16-0 at the half.
An interception by Redden at the D’Hanis 15-yard line stopped the Angoras’ first drive of the second half. But after a loss of yardage on first down, a fumble out the back of the endzone on the next play gave the Angoras a safety and an 18-0 lead.
On the ensuing free kick, Dwayne Rivera returned it straight down the middle of the field for 60 yards, a touchdown, and a 24-0 lead.
The final score of the night for the Angoras came as time expired in the third quarter, when Hernndez sidestepped Cowboy defenders for 46 yards and a TD.
A 20-yard kickoff return by Ayden Nira set up the Cowboys’ TD pass.
Will Schawe had a couple of tackles for loss for the D’Hanis defense.
PHOTO / RICK MENDER
Ruger Cote makes the stick for a D’Hanis tackle Saturday against Rocksprings.