PHOTO / LISA ROTHE
Modesto Rodriguez powers ahead for a few of his 168 rushing yards in the win over Runge.
PHOTO / LISA ROTHE
Jonah Perez eyes a receiver in Saturday’s game. The Cowboys will face Agua Dulce in bi-district action Saturday at Pettus.
Cowboys pound Runge; to face Agua Dulce at bi-district
With playoff seeding on the line Saturday night, Nov. 9, the D’Hanis Cowboys defended their home turf, beating Runge 34-14, in the regular season and District 15-AA-II finale.
The win at Butch Woolls Stadium lifts D’Hanis to 6-4 on the year, heading into the postseason. The Cowboys will play Agua Dulce at bi-district this Saturday night, Nov. 16, in a 7 p.m. game at Pettus’ Beauchamp Stadium.
AD comes into the game at 9-1, but with a loss in the last game of district play to Bruni, the Longhorns slipped to the #2 seed in District 16-AA-II. D’Hanis is the #3 seed in its district, behind Falls City and La Pryor, while Runge, after the loss to the Cowboys on Saturday, is the #4 seed.
D’Hanis took the lead on its first possession of the night, getting a 13-yard touchdown run from Jonah Perez with less than three minutes gone from the clock.
The Cowboys got two more scores in the second quarter via a 16-yard from Modesto Rodriguez – who also added the two-point conversion – and with 12 ticks left in the half, on a 12-yard Perez keeper. Rodriguez passed to Layton Herrmann for the two-pointer and a 22-0 lead at the break.
Late in the third, Rodriguez added the second of his three TDs, on a 13-yard run to make it 28-0.
Runge returned the kickoff 79 yards for a score, but D’Hanis regrouped and put the game out of reach on its ensuing drive, getting a Rodriguez TD from a yard out as the fourth quarter opened.
Runge got on the board once more in the game’s final minute, scoring on a 14-yard pass, followed by a two-point conversion, to bring the final count to 34-14.
Runge (2-8) will be facing Bruni (4-6) this week at bi-district.
Saturday night, the D’Hanis home crowd paid tribute to the Cowboys’ 1969 Class B Regional Champion football team, on the 50th anniversary of their milestone.
This week in Pettus, the Cowboys will be the home team. Admission price is $5 for adults, $3 for students.