Jourdanton steamrolls Karnes City in district opener



Jourdanton’s Payton Gonzales returns a punt against Karnes City. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Jourdanton’s Payton Gonzales returns a punt against Karnes City. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

KARNES CITY — The Jourdanton Indians took to the air to dominate District 15-3A Division I foe Karnes City 55-7 on Friday.

Of the high-powered Indians’ 519 yards of total offense, 363 of them came through the air. Junior quarterback Cole Andrus finished the day 22-of-27 passing for 353 yards and five touchdowns.

All five touchdown passes came in the first half with 35- yard scores to Jarel Lilly and Jacob Reyna, a 65-yard strike to Brett Berg, a 5-yarder to Berg and a 34-yarder to Reyna.

The only possession the Indians didn’t score on was their final one after converting a fourth-and-one with a little over a minute left to seal the game.

“It was important. That’s this offense’s capability, being fast,” head coach Darrell Andrus said. “Tonight, I felt like [Karnes City] was keeping eight or nine, even, in the box. So we had to do a good job passing and I think we did. We had four or five touchdown passes in the first half and really took advantage of how the defense aligned to us.”

Jourdanton’s Brett Berg (5) catches a pass that would eventually go for a touchdown. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Jourdanton’s Brett Berg (5) catches a pass that would eventually go for a touchdown. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Indians took a 42-7 lead thanks to touchdown runs by Aidan and Colin Borth. Aidan finished the day with five carries for 46 yards and a score, while his brother finished with two carries for 20 yards and a touchdown.

With the game at hand, starting corner back Payton Gonzales slotted into his secondary position at running back. He would finish the day with two carries for 15 yards and a touchdown, a 7-yard run up the middle.

It was the first touchdown Gonzales had scored since their 2018 meeting with Lytle. For the longtime running back, it felt good to get back on offense.

“I’m just thankful for my coach allowing me the opportunity to run the ball,” Gonzales said. “The [offensive] line blocked really well for me to cut back and find the open hole.”

Coach Andrus was quick to make sure his guys in the trenches got credit for the work they did in what he said was their best game of the season.

“Our O-Line blocked phenomenal. Best game our line has blocked, hands down as a group,” Andrus said.

But the offense’s success could have been for naught, had it not been for continued stout play by the Jourdanton defense.

The Indians held Karnes City to 122 yards of total offense. The Badgers were just 1-of-7 on third down conversions.

“The offense is doing really well, but I was really proud of our defense,”Andrus said. “That team has scored some points this season. They had some guys out last week that came back. We came out and hit them in the mouth. We played fast, physical football on defense and really didn’t give them any life.”

“Really, the only reason we’re so dominant is because we do our job, we do what the coaches tell us to do,” Gonzales added. “We line up, run to the ball and execute everything we need to do to stop them every single game.”

Jourdanton (5-0, 1-0) will welcome Marion to Jourdanton next week. Marion beat the Indians by 10 points in 2018.

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