Aggies capitalize on turnovers against Lytle


Ernest Davila hauls in a contested touchdown pass against Lytle on Friday, Sept. 25. GABRIEL ROMERO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Poteet Aggies sank the Lytle Pirates and are now eyeing a big-time showdown against the rival Jourdanton Indians.

Poteet defeated Lytle 26-14 in the first district game of the season.

“I’m just proud of the way we played. We are proud of the way we executed,” said Poteet Head Coach Darby House.

With just under six minutes left in the first quarter, quarterback Alex Lockamy found running back Earnest Davila for a 20-yard touchdown.

Lytle wouldn’t go away easily, blocking the extra point attempt.

The score was 6-0. Lytle took the kickoff into Poteet territory. The Aggies kept the Pirates out of the end zone at the end of the first quarter.

Poteet’s defense came up big when Lytle quarterback Carson Aldridge was flushed out of the pocket by Poteet’s defensive front and threw the ball over the head of his receiver and right into the waiting Aggie’s hands.

Aldridge hit his receiver 50 yard pass to the 27 yard line.

Lytle moved the ball down the field well, but couldn’t turn the big plays into points. 

Poteet’s run game behind Davila was moving down the field, Poteet was at the one yard line and with under 10 seconds left in the half.

After a big third down stop, which saw two seconds left on the clock, Davila got his second score of the game this time on the ground with the one yard touchdown.

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“We were driving the ball really well the whole game. It’s just the penalties killed us and stupid self inflicted penalties,” House said. 

After halftime, Lytle received the ball to start the half.

After a three and out, Lytle recovered the muffed punt by Davila and the Pirates got the ball at the 38-yard line.

Davila was quick to put that mistake away the very next play, he intercepted the ball from Carson.

“We have to execute across the field. You know driving to the 30-yard line is not good for us,” House said. “We got to score every drive, that’s our goal.”

Davila had two more touchdowns for Poteet his first was on a 50-yard punt return to go up 19-0 and his fourth touchdown of the night saw him score from the one yard line.

“We were preparing for Lytle this whole week and our offensive line did a great job of executing,” Davila said.

Davila said the team is a second half team and they run away from teams.

“It was our first district win,” Davila said. “Jourdanton is a great team, but so are we. As long as we execute we’ll do awesome.”

Lytle was scoreless in the third quarter, but came back in the fourth. Rylan Wagner pulled in a 10-yard touchdown with under five minutes to go.

Mark Cantu also had a 17-yard touchdown pass with under a minute left in the game.

The two scores were too little too late for the Pirates, Poteet ran out the clock to win 26-14.

“Turnovers, we’ve got a lot of fight. We showed it late in the game, but we can’t keep giving good teams opportunities,” said head coach Robert McConathy.

McConathy said they turned the ball over too much to Poteet to win the game. The Pirates gave up two interceptions and three fumbles in the game.

“It’s the little bitty things in our offense, we weren’t executing,” McConathy said. “Turning the ball over that much, it will be hard to beat anyone.”

After winning their last two games, Poteet handed them their third loss to put the Pirates at 2-3 on the season.

“We just got to keep our head up. We got five more district games, five more opportunities that we are looking forward to playing,” McConathy said.

The Pirates (2-3, 0-1) will play Marion (2-3, 0-1) at home next Friday with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Poteet (4-1, 1-0) will head to Jourdanton (4-1, 1-0) to face the Indians with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.

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