The Lytle Pirates defense grounded the Randolph Ro-Hawks from taking the lead in an overtime thriller.
On Friday, Lytle held off the Ro-Hawks 21-20 to pick up their first win in District 14-3A DI.
“My team went into the game very prepared. We learned from our mistakes last year and what we needed to do to win,” said lineman Harold Robey.
Defensively, the team stuck to their game plan and was able to get off the field when it counted, Robey said.
“Offensively, we strayed away from who we were in the first half, but got back to what we do best, running the ball,” Robey said. “The game came down to who wanted it more and it was very apparent who did.”
Robey said the team knew they had to win to get to the playoffs.
Robey and the offensive line’s blocking lead Lytle to 185 rushing yards.
Receiver Logan Wilson said the run game was giving Randolph fits and it allowed the passing game to open up.
“Our line did an amazing job all night. On the defensive end, we played as a group and didn’t try to make plays individually, but do it as a unit,” Wilson said.
The defense held an explosive offense to just 20 points.
Wilson had a 26-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. He ended the night with two catches for 54 yards and one touchdown.
Malakai Castro had 13 rushes for 70 yards and a one yard touchdown.
Carson Aldridge was 5-of-15 passing for 70 yards and one touchdown. He also had a key two point conversion play when he ran for the goal line.
Lytle lost the toss in overtime and started on offense.
Mark Cantu would find the end zone from five yards out and the extra point was good. Cantu ended with 50 yards and a touchdown.
The Ro-Hawks marched down field and scored, but they elected to go for two instead of tying the game.
Jonathan Cantu tackled the running back behind the line of scrimmage to seal the win.
“It was amazing to see these guys celebrate after that play, they have come a long way in a short amount of time,” said Head Coach Robert McConathy. “Really proud of these young men.”
Lytle (3-4, 1-2) travels to Cotulla this Friday and visiting fans are not allowed at the game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.