GONZALES — Leave no doubt.
The Gonzales Apaches (1-1) had a dominant performance in their home opener, taking down the Austin Crockett Cougars 42-8 at home. The team leaned on their running game and their defense to frustrate and overpower the Cougars for their first win of the season.
The game was won when:
Austin-Crockett punted the ball on their first offensive drive in the second half.
Other than the two penalties in the first half, the Apaches defense didn’t give up a first down until 11:27 left in the fourth quarter. That would also be Austin-Crockett’s lone scoring drive of the night, a seven-yard play-action pass from backup quarterback John Zuniga to Jeremiah Moore.
The kickoff recovery late in the first half was a huge turning point for the Apaches. Already up 21-0 with 4:08 left in the half, Daniel Cruz kicked the ball off, aiming at one of the corners of the end zone as to not allow a big return. Austin Crockett let the ball roll, thinking it would go out of bounds, but the ball would land on their own 4-yard line. In a heads up play, Gonzales’ (14) downed the ball on the four, giving the Apaches a 1st-and-goal. James Martinez would punch it in, giving the team a 28-0 lead. Gonzales would score once more to end the half up 35-0.
Although there are many names you can choose from, whether it’s James Martinez, Elijah Holiday, Dillen Ramos or any of the other running backs who gashed the Cougars’ defense, or a defensive front that pressured quarterback Patrick Ray. Head coach Kodi Crane touted the offensive line as a big reason why the running backs were able to get that open on their runs.
The injury bug took out an offensive line at the half and the Apaches were without star defensive tackle Trent Wilkerson tonight. A 42-8 rout indicates there’s depth on both lines, but head coach Kodi Crane knows that the team still has room for improvement, especially on pre-snap and post-snap penalties.
Gonzales has their final home game before the district season next Friday. Homecoming night will be celebrated at Apache Field when the Apaches host Yoakum (1-1) who tonight beat #4 Cuero 30-20. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. After next week, Gonzales will go on a four-game road trip.