Cowboys coast past Eagles


     Benavides -- The D’Hanis Cowboys won their District 15-AA-II opener last Friday, Oct. 8, in a classic mismatch.

     For the entire game, there were only seven snaps in D’Hanis territory, and none of those belonged to the Benavides offense.

     The Cowboys scored pretty much at will in a 60-0 win over the Eagles. 

     This Saturday, Oct. 16, D’Hanis (4-1) will be back at home for the first time since Sept. 4, when they host the rival Sabinal Yellowjackets in a 7 p.m. game at Butch Woolls Stadium.

     The Jackets (1-5) got into the win column this week, starting district play with a 33-6 win at Charlotte.

     D’Hanis got on the board with a special teams play, when Luke Langfeld returned a punt 47 yards for a touchdown. 

     After Ethan Reyes intercepted an Eagle pass on the next snap, he scored three plays later on a 12-yard quarterback keeper. Ryan Lewis, 6-of-7 on extra point attempts, made it 13-0 with 5:40 left in the opening quarter.

     Starting at the Benavides 30 after a punt, Reyes passed to Langfeld for a score on the next snap, making it 20-0.

Reyes intercepted again, and four plays later, he scored his second TD on a six-yard run.

     Dante Diaz got into the act with a pick near midfield, leading to a 53-yard, eight-play scoring drive, capped with a 24-yard pass from Reyes to Eusebio Tapia. The Cowboys led 34-0 midway through the second quarter.

     Following another punt, Layton Herrmann dashed 47 yards on the Cowboys first snap, making it 41-0.

     Tapia grabbed the Cowboys’ fourth interception of the half, and from there, D’Hanis ran out the clock.

     To open the second half, Reyes passed 48 yards to Colton Dalton, which set up a 12-yard Herrmann scoring run.

Herrmann got it right back, recovering an Eagle fumble at the 17-yard line. After a D’Hanis penalty, Diaz ran 22 yards for a TD and a 54-0 lead with less than three minutes gone in the third. The Cowboys took a knee on their final two extra point tries.

After Diaz’s second interception – the Cowboys’ fifth of the night – D’Hanis added a score in the fourth, when Adam Fore weaved 36 yards through traffic for their ninth TD.

     Harper Santos got the ball back for D’Hanis with a fumble recovery, the team’s seventh takeaway. The Cowboys then ran out the final three minutes.

     In addition to the seven turnovers, D’Hanis dropped Benavides for a loss of yards 11 times. Backfield tackles came from Langfeld,  Herrmann, Santos, Will Schawe, Caiden Zachry, Ian Reyes and Raine Redden. Santos and Dalton both had pass breakups.