Despite a valiant defensive effort, Poteet suffered their first loss of the season Friday night in a showdown against Lake Belton.
The Aggies fell down 14-0 to start the game. Lake Belton used their passing game and quick tempo offense to set the tone early. Along with giving up a couple big plays in the air, the Aggies picked up some costly penalties. An interception by Poteet was wiped away after they were flagged for roughing the passer. After a rough start defensively, Poteet was able to bounce back in the second half, giving up only 7 points. Senior Julian Moya was all over the field for the Aggies, leading the team in tackles. Senior Jonathan Guzman was also stout for the defense with five tackles and two sacks. Moya said this was the first time this season the defense has had to go against a heavy passing team.
“We needed more stops than what we had and the scoreboard would have been different,” Moya said. “I mean we haven’t really played a good passing team, but now we have and now we know what we have to work on. It was eye opening for us; it shows us where we stand with everybody.”
Lake Belton finished with over 400 yards in their first two games. Coming into the game, Head Coach Darby House knew his team was going to face some challenges ahead of the game.
“I mean I thought we did a great job,” House said. “They had a lot of talent and a lot of speed. We kept them in front of us for the most part and I was proud of the way we played. I thought we were physical in the run game. They just had weapons outside and it was hard to keep from getting open space.”
Poteet’s offense found success moving the ball after struggling on their first couple drives. Lake Belton’s Manny Herrera scored off an interception thrown by Junior Alexander Lockamy to go up by two touchdowns. Senior Ernest Davila eventually found the endzone for the Aggies at the 8:12 mark in the second quarter. Davila ran the ball a total of 31 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns. At the start of the fourth quarter, Davila was met at the goaline by Lake Belton’s defense on a fourth and goal with a chance to tie it up.
“They brought a lot of pressure,” Davila said. “I mean, we were right on their toes, we had them and they just pulled through with the win. I give them props, but I’ll give my team props for fighting back. We just have to forget about it, move on and get better from here.”
Poteet made one final push with minutes left in the game. Lockamy found Senior Martin Ibarra late in the fourth to cut the deficit to 28-20. Along with his touchdown, Ibarra finished with three receptions for 52 yards. After failing to recover the onside kick, Lake Belton picked up two first downs to run the clock out and pick up the victory. Coach House praised his team for being competitive throughout the game.
“They’re a great football team,” House said. “That’s what you want when you’re a good football team. You want to play with a good football team and I think we showed that we’re a really good football team tonight.”
Poteet will look to avenge their loss as they’ll travel north for an away matchup at Manor New Tech Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m.