After beginning the game with a 70-yard touchdown, the Gonzales Apaches’ offense stalled in their 38-10 loss to La Vernia on Friday, Sept. 2.
The game was tied between the Apaches and the Bears, 10-10, in the first half, but in the second half, La Vernia took control and scored on four of its five possessions.
Gonzales head coach Joey Rivera explained La Vernia established its running game on the Apaches in the second half and took advantage of the size difference between the two teams.
“It took us a little bit to get adjusted back to [La Vernia’s offense]. Pretty much the second half was, defensively, we couldn't stop the run and offensively we couldn't get our run [game] going,” Rivera said.
The Apaches committed multiple penalties against La Vernia, and Rivera talked about the penalties after the game.
“I told them let coach Rivera worry about the officials and they continue to play ball. We had some bad calls [that went against the Apaches], but that happens in high school sports,” Rivera said.
La Vernia is one of seven playoff teams from last season the Apaches were scheduled to face, and Rivera knew they were gonna be a tough team going into last Friday’s match.
The Bears had more than 45 on their JV team and 50 in their freshman team and almost became a 5A school in the district realignment, Rivera stated.
“We've got to be able to play four quarters against really good football teams, so we've got to continue to get in game shape. We lasted a little longer, but we never got out of that low like we did last week,” Rivera said.
The Apaches dropped to 1-1 for the season and they’ll host Marion for homecoming in this Friday’s game. Rivera told his team after the loss that they are still young as a team and staff and will continue to improve the team before district.
“There is still base stuff that we're learning and we've got to learn that base stuff, and we’ve just got to continue focusing on the Apaches and blocking it up against whoever we're going against, but we’ve got to continue to improve the Gonzales Apaches,” Rivera said.
The game against Marion kicks off at 7 p.m. at Apache Field.