The Poteet Aggies are going back to the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since 2015-2016.
Thanks to four touchdowns from junior running back Ernest Davila, the Aggies (7-2, 4-1) downed the Cotulla Cowboys 41-19 on Tuesday night to get back to the big dance.
“It means a lot. The Poteet Aggies deserve this,” Davila said. “We work hard and do everything we possibly can to get wins, so we deserve this.”
Poteet scored early and often in the first half. They scored on each of their first three possessions, with Davila recording the touchdown on each of those drives. That was exactly what Poteet wanted to happen for their game plan.
“We’ve planned for that since last week,” Davila said. “We wanted to beat them in the first half so we could get some of our younger players in.”
Poteet finished the game with 359 yards of total offense in the win. Davila would go for 222 yards on 22 carries in addition to his quartet of touchdowns. The shifty RB even took the first play of the second half 75 yards for his fourth touchdown of the game.
“It was a great feeling,” Davila said. “The [offensive] line did what they were supposed to do. They blocked, they executed. They did all the work they needed to and it was a great play.”
Sophomore quarterback Alex Lockamy called his own number for a two-yard touchdown run with 3:37 left in the second quarter to put the Aggies up 28-0. Lockamy would later find Noel Peña for a 28-yard score and Poteet’s lone passing touchdown to give them a 35-0 advantage in the third quarter.
But Poteet’s defense, regarded as one of the strongest facets of the game by Head Coach Darby House, stepped up to make life difficult for the Cowboys. Cotulla had just 275 yards of total offense, most of which came in the second half, and only managed to drive into Aggie territory twice in the first half. The second time Cotulla was in the Aggie end of the field, Poteet’s defense bowed their necks in the red zone to force a turnover on downs just before halftime and preserve their 28-0 lead.
“They’ve been a big part of our game all year,” House said. “They’ve played well across the board from Julian [Moya] to Diego [Garza]. Joey [Davila] had a good game, Rafael [Garza] had a good game. Cutter [Blagg] always has a good game. We’re pretty happy with the way they’re playing.”
House, happy about the win, still acknowledged his team could improve after the playoff-clinching win. Poteet surrendered 19 points in the second half, including 13 in the fourth quarter.
“The big thing is, our expectations have risen,” House said. “It’s not good enough just to win here in Poteet anymore. We have to put four solid quarters together with whoever is on the field. That’s what our expectations are. We played great for three quarters and then we put some younger guys in, not that they played bad. We’ve just gotta keep that intensity for all four quarters.”
Now, the Aggies have a 10-day layoff before hosting Randolph for homecoming and the regular season finale. Poteet doesn’t want to wait that long to get back on the field.
“I’m not excited about it,” Davila joked. “I just love the game. I’m ready to play Randolph and get into the playoffs.”
Poteet and Randolph will face off on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m.