AGGIES ADVANCE

Poteet rolls past Luling into second round


Poteet Aggies (L-R)Alvino Rodriguez (25), Julian Moya (42), Ernest Davila (12) and Darrin Garcia (4) watch the action on the field during the Aggies 42-10 win over Luling last Thursday night in San Antonio. J GARCIA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Poteet Aggies (L-R)Alvino Rodriguez (25), Julian Moya (42), Ernest Davila (12) and Darrin Garcia (4) watch the action on the field during the Aggies 42-10 win over Luling last Thursday night in San Antonio. J GARCIA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Following their district championship, Poteet added to their historical run with a victory against Luling 42-10 in the bi-district round of the playoffs Thursday night.

With the win, the Aggies became bi-district champions for the first time since 1958 and advanced to the area round of the playoffs. Despite the milestone, Head Coach Darby House feels his team still has more to prove.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” House said. “It’s one of those hurdles you have to get through. But we’re not satisfied. It’s one win and our goal is to keep playing into December. We’re happy and excited that the streak is broken, but we’re not finished.”

The Aggies found success on offense early in the game, scoring on their first two possessions. Known for their run game, Poteet’s offense aired the ball out heavily during the game. Senior Martin Ibarra led the receivers with five receptions for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Ibarra also recorded a rushing touchdown in the victory. Senior Diego Puente caught a 75-yard touchdown pass with just a minute left in the first half. Junior Alexander Lockamy completed 10 of his 14 passes for 315 and three touchdowns. House added that they were prepared to utilize Lockamy more in the matchup.

Ernest Davila runs with the ball during the Aggies bi-district win against Luling in San Antonio last Thursday night. Davila ran for 131 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Below: The Aggies take the field in San Antonio. J GARCIA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Ernest Davila runs with the ball during the Aggies bi-district win against Luling in San Antonio last Thursday night. Davila ran for 131 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Below: The Aggies take the field in San Antonio. J GARCIA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

“Lockamy’s been a great quarterback all year,” House said. “We know that he can do it. We just felt like throughout the year we’ve been able to run the ball against people. It makes it easier to just run the ball sometimes, but we planned on it all week and knew it was coming. He had a great game and did a great job delivering to multiple receivers.”

Coming into the game, senior Ernest Davila needed only 90 rushing yards to surpass 2,500 on the season. The running back finished the game with 131 yards on only 13 carries and a touchdown. Following the victory, Davila said the effort the team has given has carried them throughout the season.

“We work hard everyday,” Davila said. “It shows here on the field. We have a great team and a great group of men. We get after it everyday and that’s just what we do.”

 

 

Poteet went into the half with a 21-3 lead. During the third quarter, they extended their lead to 42-3. Defensively, the Aggies covered all sides of the field. They outgained Luling 557-140. Senior Jonathan Guzman recorded 13 tackles and a sack. Seniors Jose Guerra and Moumen Eltigani followed up with 11 and 10 tackles, respectively.

“It’s just special,” Guzman said. “We made history last week and to do it again this week just motivates us to keep it going and do it the next week.”

In addition to winning their first playoff game since 1958, this was the first time Poteet reached 10 wins in a season since that same season.

Poteet (10-1) will play in the area round this Friday against Vanderbilt Industrial (9-2) at Cabaniss Athletic Complex in Corpus Christi. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Poteet will be the designated home team, which will be the westside stands at Cabaniss Stadium. Tickets are available online only and can be purchased at ccisd. brushfire.com. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students.

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