Poteet’s historic season cut short in area round loss

Aggies playoff run is stopped by Vanderbilt Industrial in 14-13 loss


Poteet Head Coach Darby House speaks with the Aggies following their loss to Vanderbilt Industrial last Friday night at Cabannis Stadium in Corpus Christi. J GARCIA| PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Poteet Head Coach Darby House speaks with the Aggies following their loss to Vanderbilt Industrial last Friday night at Cabannis Stadium in Corpus Christi. J GARCIA| PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Behind a few fourth quarter surges, Poteet played Vanderbilt Industrial down to the wire.

The Aggies were one point shy of keeping their season alive as Industrial escaped with a 14-13 victory.

Following some crucial stops on defense, Poteet’s offense had some opportunities to retake the lead in the second half.

Following a sack in the final seconds, the Aggies were forced to burn their final timeout and send their field goal unit on the field. The 44-yard field goal attempt was wide left, ultimately ending Poteet’s season.

Though the outcome did not go in their favor, Poteet Head Coach Darby House reminded his team of the milestones they surpassed following the conclusion of the game.

“They’re family right now,” House said. “I just told them I love them. Be proud of what you accomplished.

That it’s been a long time since anyone’s done what we’ve done and they should be proud of what they’ve done here today. And don’t be ashamed because they left everything out there.”

Alexander Lockamy hands the ball off to Ernest Davila during the Aggies area round game against Vanderbilt Industrial last Friday night in Corpus Christi. Davila finished the night with 257 yards rushing. J GARCIA| PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Alexander Lockamy hands the ball off to Ernest Davila during the Aggies area round game against Vanderbilt Industrial last Friday night in Corpus Christi. Davila finished the night with 257 yards rushing. J GARCIA| PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Poteet finished the season at 10-2 including a perfect 6-0 record in district. The last time an Aggie team had reached 10 wins in a season was in 1958. In addition, that was the last time Poteet had gone undefeated in district and won a playoff game until this season.

Senior Ernest Davila got the Aggies out to a strong start, running for a 99- yard touchdown on their second play from scrimmage.

He added another touchdown on a pass from junior Alexander Lockamy just before halftime to cut the deficit to 14-13.

Like they’ve done throughout the season, Poteet’s defense played at a high level during the second half. They forced four turnovers to keep themselves in the game. Seniors Jack Carrasco and Diego Garza each picked off a pass from Industrial’s quarterback Matthew Davis.

Offensively, the Aggies were able to move the ball down the field, but were unable to capitalize in their final drives of the game. Davila, one of the state’s top rushers, finished the game with 257 yards on 42 carries.

Ahead of the playoff game, Poteet held a pep rally to recognize their football team for their historic run. As bi-district champions, the 2021 Aggies were met by four members of the 1958 Aggie playoff team. Leo Alaniz, Pete Mendez, Wayne Whitley and Morris Cowley were all recognized at the event.

“It’s been 63 years,” Alaniz said. “We waited 63 years for another team to win a playoff game and this team behind me has done it.”

Aggie fans will have another opportunity to see their star running back play. Davila will be representing Team Gold at the San Antonio Sports All Star Football Game on Jan. 8 at 5 p.m. in the Alamodome.

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