Four turnovers converted into touchdowns and a kickoff return for a touchdown eventually propelled the Jourdanton Indians to a lopsided 60-28 win over their rival Poteet Aggies on Friday night to open the season.
It was the first time under sixth-year head coach Darrell Andrus that Jourdanton scored 60 points.
Poteet’s sophomore running back Ernest Davila fumbled on three consecutive drives to open the game.
Jourdanton would convert all three first quarter turnovers into touchdowns. The first on a 5-yard touchdown run by Aidan Borth, the second a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Cole Andrus and the third a 6-yard pass from Andrus to junior receiver Jarel Lilly to put the Indians up 18-0 after nearly 10 minutes of play.
“Those three turnovers, [Poteet] was moving the ball well and our kids were able to come up with those turnovers. We came away with points on all three of them,” Jourdanton head coach Darrell Andrus said. “So, we took advantage of those mistakes and came away with points. They moved the ball well on us. We’ve gotta get a few things fixed.”
To compound things for Poteet, Jourdanton senior defensive linemen Derek Jenschke had a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage in the second quarter to put the Indians up 32-0 following a successful extra point by Lilly.
“I mean, the first three drives we start out with fumbles and two of them were on their side of the field,” Poteet head coach Darby House said. “It’s hard, spotting them 21 points. Then we score and then give up a pick six. There’s 28 points we just gave them.”
“[Derek] did that in a playoff game last year to help us win it. It’s something he’s making a name for himself on,” Andrus said. “He’s just a guy that finds a way to get to the ball. He’s a heck of an athlete and he works his tail off for us. That was a heck of a catch. I had a perfect view of it and that ball was going. I mean, it wasn’t a soft throw. Most times, I would’ve thought it went right through his hands. But he got his paws on it. It was a great play.”
Then, leading 46-14 coming out of halftime, Jourdanton’s Colin Borth took the second half kickoff 85 yards to the end zone to continue to pile on the rout.
“To open the second half we were just lazy down the middle and let a kickoff return for a touchdown,” House lamented. “That’s 35 points. It quickly adds up.”
Scoring in all three phases of the game was a good sign to Jourdanton’s Andrus in the season opener.
“You know what was great? We had a kickoff return for a touchdown, we had a pick six for a touchdown, I think we threw three touchdowns and I think we rushed for four touchdowns,” Andrus said. “So, balanced attack. Defense scoring, special teams scoring. It’s all three phases doing some good things tonight.”
It wasn’t all for naught for the Aggies though. Senior quarterback Eric Treviño and Davila each had 100-yard games rushing. Treviño finished with the team-high 182 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Davila carried the ball 16 times for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns as well. As a team, Poteet out-gained Jourdanton on the ground 381 yards to 226.
One of Davila’s touchdowns, a 17-yard run around the right side, was sprung by the pulling block of senior left tackle Seth Richey. That’s what House hopes to see on a consistent basis throughout the season.
“Truth is, we had that most of the game. We were just angsty,” House said. “On all three of the fumbles, they were 10-, 12-yard runs. It wasn’t like they hit us in the hole. We liked our gameplan, we’ve just gotta hold on to the football.”
Andrus appreciated the work he saw from the opposing offensive line. He feels that’ll go a long way toward developing an Indian defense still looking to mature a few players before district play starts.
“I say it all the time, it helps to play good teams,” Andrus said. “They’ve got some big dudes up front. Roderick [King] blocked great. I saw some unbelievable blocks by him. Their quarterback and running back are very elusive. Several times I thought we had them in the backfield and off they were going. I tip my hat to those guys. I think they’ve got a good ball club that could definitely make a playoff push. I think it was good for our team to go through that. I’m impressed with them. They fell behind and kept plugging. They definitely did some good things.”
But neither coach was pleased with the quality of the game. The two teams were penalized a combined 31 times for a total of 285 yards, with Jourdanton picking up the majority of that tab with their 18 penalties for 155 yards.
“I was really disappointed in our penalties tonight,” Andrus said. “People can say it’s the first game and all that stuff, but we should’ve been better. We should’ve had better focus there. It was a weird tempo game. It felt kinda slow at times when we were trying to go fast.”
Jourdanton QB Andrus finished the day 15-of-25 passing for 262 yards and three touchdowns against one interception, a ball thrown into double coverage and corralled by Poteet’s Josh Hill midway through the third quarter.
Forcing passes like that is something the quarterback hopes to mend ahead of their week two clash with Dilley. But overall, Andrus feels Friday night was a good foundation to build on throughout the season.
“It feels great, but there’s still a lot work on, obviously,” Andrus said. “I had one interception that was just a dumb mistake and should’ve had another. But we’re improving.”
Junior running back Aidan Borth highlighted Jourdanton’s night on the ground, where they rushed for 226 yards and four touchdowns. Borth picked up 104 of those yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries Friday night.
His signal caller said it all started up front.
“All the [offensive] line. They block great. They blocked their butts off tonight,” Cole said. “People said Poteet has a big defensive line, which they really do. But our line stepped up and played a great game.”
Jourdanton (1-0) will travel to Dilley (0-1) next Friday. Poteet (0-1) hosts San Antonio Cole (0-1) in their home opener next Friday.
1 2 3 4 F
PHS- 0 14 7 7 28
JHS- 25 21 14 0 60
1st-9:04 JHS #24 A. Borth 5-yd run (PAT no good) 6-0
1st-4:36 JHS #7 C. Andrus 1-yd run (2-pt no good) 12-0
1st-2:14 JHS #6 J. Lilly 6-yd pass from #7 C. Andrus (2-pt no good) 18-0
1st-0:19 JHS #24 A. Borth 58-yd run (Jarel Lilly kick) 25-0
2nd-11:51 JHS #44 D. Jenschke 45-yd int. return (Lilly kick) 32-0
2nd-8:48 JHS #2 C. Schuchart 21-yd pass from #7 C. Andrus (Lilly kick) 39-0
2nd-7:18 PHS #2 E. Treviño 55-yd run (Caleb Rangel kick) 39-7
2nd-6:08 JHS #19 I. Hancock 41-yd pass from #7 C. Andrus (Lilly kick) 46-7
2nd-2:19 PHS #2 E. Treviño 7-yd run (Rangel kick) 46-14
3rd-11:48 JHS #11 C. Borth 85-yd kickoff return (Lilly kick) 53-14
3rd- 9:26 PHS #12 E. Davila 2-yd run (Rangel kick) 53-21
3rd-1:27 JHS #24 A. Borth 6-yd run (Lilly kick) 60-21
4th-7:57 PHS #12 E. Davila 17-yd run (Rangel kick) 60-28
Unofficial Team Stats
Total Offense: Poteet- 425; Jourdanton 488
Passing: Poteet- 44; Jourdanton 262
Rushing Poteet- 381; Jourdanton 226
Turnovers: Poteet- 5; Jourdanton 1
Penalties-Yards: Poteet 13-130; Jourdanton 18-155
Time of Possession: Poteet 25:41; Jourdanton 22:19
Unofficial Stat Leaders
Passing: Poteet- E. Treviño 4-13-2, 44 yards, 0 TD; Jourdanton- C. Andrus 15-25-1, 262 yards, 3 TD
Rushing: Poteet- E. Treviño 22-182, 2 TD; E. Davila 16-142, 2 TD; E. Acevedo 11-57, 0 TD; Jourdanton- A. Borth 10-104, 3 TD; C. Borth 6-74, 0 TD; C. Andrus 3-3, 1 TD
Receiving: Poteet- E. Davila 1-41, 0 TD; Jourdanton- J. Lilly 5-89, 1 TD; C. Schuchart 5-75, 1 TD; I. Hancock 1-41, 1 TD