A consummate team effort propelled the Wimberley Texans to a 49-17 victory over the Hondo Owls on senior night at Texan Field.
Two weeks removed from a crushing defeat to their toughest opponent of the season, the bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for the Texans.
“You know, last time we were on the field, we got our butts whipped and that really leaves a bad taste in your mouth,” said Wimberley head coach Doug Warren. “But the kids really got refocused, realizing if we want to reach our goals as a team we’re gonna need to change some things and I think that showed through tonight.”
The Texans offense appeared polished as it began the game with touchdowns on its first two drives to push the score to 14-0 with over five minutes to play in the first quarter.
Wimberley displayed its dominance on the Owls’ ensuing drive.
After sophomore defensive end Trey Manning blocked a Hondo field goal attempt, the Texans responded on the next play with senior Davin Masur recovering a fumble 78 yards for a touchdown.
The Texans offense showed no signs of rust after a week off from play and exemplified the concept of sharing the ball with four different offensive players registering touchdowns.
Key offensive contributors include junior quarterback Jordan Weeks, who went 9/10 for 210 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Thomas Carruthers rushed for 94 yards and two touchdowns and wide receiver Gavin Martinez finished with 75 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. Both Colby Crowder and Guy Kypuros also recorded one touchdown a piece.
“One thing we do stress is that we are getting multiple people the ball,” Warren said. “We feel like we have a lot of guys that can do things when they get the ball in their hands, so we’re always trying. Tonight, it worked out really well for us.”
Immediately following Wimberley’s third score, the Texans were caught off guard after Hondo’s junior kick-returner Jacob Theis returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. This was Hondo’s only time reaching the endzone in the first half.
The Owls started the second half strong, marching 78 yards for their first offensive touchdown of the night. Hondo, however, failed capitalize on the momentum. Neither the Owls nor the Texans scored in the final quarter.
The main offensive contributor for Hondo was junior running back Kevin Gear who rushed the ball 27 times for 114 yards. Gear also caught 4 passes for an additional 50 receiving yards.
For Warren, how the offense moves forward as the playoffs begin will be based on in-game situations. But handing the ball off to Carruthers continues to be one of the team’s strengths.
“It depends on the game and how it’s going,” said Warren. “I’m not very smart, but I’m not stupid. Come playoff time, if we need yards, you can guess who’s probably gonna get the football.”