Aggies fight falls short against perennial power WimberleyFree Access

Poteet’s Josh Hill hauls in a 35-yard touchdown catch against Wimberley in the bi-district playoff. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

SAN ANTONIO — The Poteet Aggies rallied from a 21-point first half deficit, only to fall to the Wimberley Texans 49-35 in the bi-district round of the UIL football playoffs.

The comeback attempt started in the second quarter when Josh Hill sparked a 21-point run for the Aggies with his 35-yard touchdown catch from an Eric Trevino pass. The senior said his only catch of the night was the best catch he made this season.

“It definitely hyped everyone up,” Hill said, “because, as you can tell, we don’t really pass the ball that much. And the one time we did, I think it was personally my best catch this year. We just needed it, everyone needed it to get that extra level of momentum.”

Following that score, Wimberley was held at bay to close the second half and then held to their only three-and-out on their first drive of the third quarter. The ensuing punt only went 27 yards and set the Aggies up at the Wimberley 43-yard line.

Poteet’s opening drive of the second half was a 14-play, 70-yard drive finished by a 3-yard run by Ernest Davila. The drive took six minutes and 20 seconds off the game clock.

Treviño made the most of the short field with a 38-yard touchdown run on the second play of the next offensive possession. Nathaniel Herrera’s extra point tied the game at 35 apiece.

“We did the same thing we’ve done all year,” House said. “We came out and got after it. We fixed our mistakes. We got them to believe they’re a good football team, they realized they’re a good football team. Our seniors led the way and they did exactly what we asked them to. When you do that, you give yourself a chance.”

Poteet’s Eric Treviño tries to find running room against Wimberley. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Davila would finish the day with 63 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Treviño racked up a team-high 161 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries.

Some of the momentum was generated after going down 28-7 in the second quarter. Following the second of three touchdowns by Wimberley’s Moses Wray, Ernest Davila took the ensuing kickoff 88 yards to Wimberley’s 1-yard line. Treviño punched it in on a QB sneak.

The stats Friday night didn’t tell the full story. Poteet was held to just 275 yards of total offense while Wimberley posted 468. Poteet’s 224 rushing yards and dominant offensive line are what kept them in the game against the likes of Wimberley.

“Myself, personally, I had a lot of fun, especially out there with the boys,” senior offensive tackle Roderick King said. “We knew in the back of our heads that this could be the last time we ever play together.”

It was just tough to stop the likes of Wimberley quarterback Cooper McCollum, running back Moses Wray and receiver Christian Marshall. The trio accounted for 445 yards of total offense and all seven of their touchdowns. All three figure to play Division I football in college.

Poteet’s Martin Ibarra (24) tries to fight off a stiff arm from Wimberley’s Christian Marshall (19). SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

“They have a great quarterback [Cooper McCollum] over there. I know he’s gonna go play somewhere,” House said. “When you have a good quarterback, if you’re playing man [coverage] and someone comes open, he’s gonna find them. If you’re playing zone, he’s gonna find the holes. We tried to mix it up, he’s just a stud back there.”

It could’ve been another moment for a moral victory against a perennial power like Wimberley, but head coach Darby House and the Aggies were having none of that.

“The big thing is, here at Poteet, We’re done with moral victories,” House said. “They don’t mean anything to us anymore. We’re here to win from here on out. What this shows is we competed with Wimberley. Heck, they’re a perennial powerhouse. They’re in the state playoffs, go deep every year and we gave them everything they wanted.”

Friday marked the end of the high school career of 16 Poteet seniors. House and his staff thanked the seniors after the loss for helping to lay the foundation for future success, even after “the ugly” in the first year under coach House.

“Unfortunately, they were here for the ugly part — that 0-10 season,” House said. “I told them to stick with me, believe in me and believe in us, the coaching staff, the town. They did and they worked their butts off. They worked hard. They did everything we asked them to do in the summer, in the offseason. That lays a foundation, when the older guys can believe in you and buy in. This isn’t the end for us. We expect big things and it’s because of those seniors.”

Poteet finishes the season 3-8.

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