Pleasanton senior Dalton Hobbs joined elite company in the world of Texas high school football during the Eagles’ 28-0 shutout of the Pearsall Mavericks on homecoming Friday night.
Hobbs needed just 65 receiving yards to break into the elite 3,000-yard club for receivers. The 6-foot-5 senior finished the night with five catches for 137 yards and became the 72nd player to amass more than 3,000 yards receiving, joining legendary names like former Texas Longhorn Jordan Shipley and current Pittsburgh Steeler James Washington.
“It feels great,” Hobbs said. “It’s something not a lot of people feel. It’s something you can’t explain.”
Even though the humble senior said the feat was unexplainable, Pleasanton head coach Stephen Liska took a shot at explaining what the feat and his senior wide out mean after giving Hobbs the game ball.
“He’s a team player. He’s more excited when his teammate makes a play,” Liska said. “He’s not one of those guys who’s a diva that wants the ball. He’s a weapon every Friday night.”
Hobbs’ historic night came in chunks. Of Pleasanton’s five explosive plays over 25 yards, the senior receiver had three of them. Being able to be explosive against Pearsall’s run-oriented offense that controlled the nearly 37 minutes of game clock was the deciding factor in the game.
“In a game like this when they’re controlling the tempo and we can have explosive plays, that makes the game swing back in our favor,” Liska said. “They’re pounding, pounding, pounding, but they’re not scoring. Then we get the ball and boom, we hit a big play. The crowd feeds off it, the kids feed off it. Obviously, it’s a big thing.”
Pleasanton also began to find traction as a balanced offense. Sophomore running back Joel Arevalo finished with 99 rushing yards and two touchdowns on nine carries along with a 2-yard touchdown reception. Nathan Bosquez also had a 21-yard touchdown catch, his only reception of the night. Quarterback Nathaniel Acevedo finished the day 10-of-14 passing for 212 yards and two touchdowns against one interception.
Seeing the wheels start to hit the pavement with the open playbook looks good to the Eagles.
“It’s week three and you’ve gotta understand, we’ve got 11 sophomores and several juniors that are first-year Friday night football players on varsity. We’ve got a quarterback that hasn’t played quarterback in four years,” Liska said. “So, a lot of good things. We’re building and getting better. We’ve got a bunch of formations and a lot of weapons to get the ball to and that’s exciting. Obviously, if we can get the run and the pass going, it’s kinda hard to stop that.”
However, a large portion of Pleasanton’s success Friday night should be credited to their defense which allowed just 165 yards of total offense. A pair of sacks late in the game by Carlos Garcia and an interception by Ashon Thompson put the finishing touches on the shutout for the defense.
Garcia finished the game with 9 1/2 total tackles and 3 1/2 tackles for a loss to lead the defense.
Pleasanton (3-0) will go on the road to face Devine (1-2) on Sept. 20.