Jourdanton senior Jarel Lilly made history during their homecoming on Friday.
In the first half of the Indians’ 51-0 rout of District 14-3A DI foe Cole, Lilly became the first Jourdanton receiver to ever surpass the 3,000- yard mark. He finished the game with six catches for 117 yards and three touchdowns.
But Lilly was not the only Indian to get in on the action. The Indians had 12 players catch passes on Friday night while amassing 336 yards and five touchdowns. Senior quarterback Cole Andrus was 21-of-34 passing for 323 yards and all five touchdowns through the air. In total, 20 Indians got their hands on the ball whether it be running or catching passes.
Being able to spread the ball around was the biggest takeaway Head Coach Darrell Andrus had from Friday’s win.
“That was a big win. We got off to a great start,” Andrus said. “I was really proud of the way we complimented ourselves on offense and defense. I was just pleased to see us playing and executing at a high level with the distractions of homecoming. We distributed the ball well.”
The Indians (6-1, 3-0) scored early and often in the game. They led 37-0 at halftime. Part of that could be attributed to Cole’s late start to the season. Friday was just their third game of the year.
“I have a lot of respect for coach [John] Reyes at Cole. I think they’re a little behind because they haven’t had as many games as everybody else,” Andrus said. “I felt like we were able to take advantage of being in better condition and having a lot more depth.”
The Indians added a defensive score when Brett Berg, Isaac Paredes and Emmanuel Lugo were in the backfield quickly to drop Cole’s quarterback for a safety. It was the fourth consecutive week that the Indians were able to score on defense or special teams. Andrus’ defenders aren’t letting him hear the end of it when it comes to the points they’ve churned out the last four weeks.
“That was a beautiful, beautiful play in the backfield. We had the safety and I let Emmanuel Lugo kick three extra points. They say they scored five defensive points because Emmanuel kicked the extra points,” Andrus joked.
The Indians were able to showcase that depth in the second half. Varsity newcomers Juan Lerma and Tyler Berg picked up their first touchdowns of their varsity career Friday night. Lerma finished the night with five carries for 52 yards. Berg had three carries for 12 yards. Andrus said they rotated more than 20 players in on the defensive side, as well.
That experience is going to be big for Jourdanton moving forward this season.
“I was really pleased with our lack of drop off with our rotations from Friday,” Andrus said. “I’m looking forward to that being valuable experience for the boys moving forward this season.”
Heading into Friday’s road meeting with Randolph (3-2, 1-1), Jourdanton can clinch a playoff berth with a win and a Lytle loss.
Though the Indians are only focused on what they can control, Andrus said the ability to clinch a playoff spot with four weeks left in the season is a testament to his team’s game-to-game mentality.
“I think that’s extremely important,” Andrus said. “As you work through a district season, you look at clinching a playoff spot and then you look at climbing up your seeding as high as you can. And, obviously, you’re trying to win a district championship. If you’re taking it one game at a time to do those things, the first thing you’ve gotta do is clinch [a playoff spot].”