Indians down Ro-Hawks, set to battle Cole



Jourdanton’s Nick Cordova outraces a pair of Randolph defenders for a touchdown on a fake punt play on Nov. 2. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Jourdanton’s Nick Cordova outraces a pair of Randolph defenders for a touchdown on a fake punt play on Nov. 2. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Jourdanton’s football team took another step toward a strong playoff seed by defeating Randolph 36- 26 on Nov. 2.

Early in the game, the Indians (7-2, 4-1 District 15 3A-I) matched the Ro- Hawks with big plays. Cole Andrus threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Jarel Lilly to tie Randolph (4-5, 2-3 District 15 3A-I) at seven.

“On the first play of the game, we wanted to soften up their secondary after we were so run-heavy at Lytle. We set up in a running formation and got vertical,” Jourdanton coach Darrell Andrus said.

Minutes later, Nick Cordova ran 64 yards for a touchdown on a fake punt play to tie it at 14.

“That’s a play that coach [Chuck] Ponton and coach [Truman] Reagan, our special teams coaches, wanted to run and we put it in. Nick did a great job and made a heck of a play,” coach Andrus said.

Jourdanton finished the first quarter with a 21-14 lead as Colin Borth scored a three-yard touchdown run following an interception by Miguel Galindo.

Randolph marched down to score after getting an interception, coming within 21-20, but Sean Biscaino blocked the extra point to maintain the Indians’ lead entering halftime. Biscaino would block another extra point following a Randolph touchdown in the third quarter.

Robert Miranda’s twoyard touchdown run in the third quarter allowed Jourdanton to regain the lead at 29-26 following a Randolph touchdown.

Cole Andrus stretched the lead with another big pass, connecting with Jacob Reyna for a 70-yard touchdown.

“Cole hit Jake on a route and [Reyna] got the yards after the catch. He made a great move to get down the sideline,” coach Andrus said.

Jourdanton reached one of its major goals by achieving 200 yards both rushing and passing.

The victory set up a showdown with San Antonio-Cole for second place in District 15 3A-I. Jourdanton will head to Cole High School for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff in hopes of securing its highest district finish since 2013. That year, Jourdanton beat Cole 23-7 on the road in their last meeting.

Jourdanton’s young, productive offense will be tested against Cole’s stingy defense.

The Indians average 33.5 points per game, having scored at least 30 in six contests. Cole allows 10.3 points per game. The Cougars have held six opponents to seven or fewer points.

“They’re fast and aggressive. They haven’t faced a lot of teams that are balanced offensively like us and throw the ball well,” coach Andrus said.

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