Getting to the second round of playoffs is nothing new for the Jourdanton Indians.
Jourdanton (10-1) has now reached the area round of playoffs in each of the last three seasons. The Indians have lost in the previous two, including a 48-6 loss to Edna in 2018.
With a rematch against the Edna Cowboys (6-5) scheduled this year, the Indians are hopeful they can rewrite history and reach the third round for the first time since 1985.
“We were real young the first time [we played Edna],” senior cornerback Payton Gonzales said. “We just kind of took the opportunity for granted since we were young. But now that we’re seniors and know this could be our last game, we’re doing everything we need to do in order to win the game.”
In 2018, Edna’s runoriented offense caused chaos for the young Indians. Though the Cowboys have a new look in 2020 under first-year Head Coach Jimmie Mitchell, Jourdanton isn’t overlooking the perennial playoff team across the sideline, but the Indians aren’t short on confidence either.
“I think [our] confidence level is high. I think there’s a lot of respect for Edna,” Head Coach Darrell Andrus said. “They’ve got a young quarterback [Jaiden Clay] and a young running back [Dreydan Ashford] that are really good athletes. They’re spreading it out now compared to two years ago when we played them. They have a lot of different scheme concepts going.”
Both teams are coming off of physical wins of different sorts in the bi-district round. Edna had to overcome turnovers to kick a game-winning field goal against Corpus Christi London while the Indians eventually cruised past Comfort, picking up bumps and bruises along the way.
The biggest keys to getting a win is which team can dictate the offensive tempo and play disciplined defense.
Jourdanton rattled off four consecutive touchdowns in Saturday’s bi-district playoff after falling behind 10-7 early in the second quarter.
“I think it’s the most important thing,” coach Andrus said. “Like you saw on Saturday, we were down 10-7 and led at halftime 35-10. I think the way we can score in bunches and the ability to press the tempo is the strength of this team.”
The Indian defense held Comfort scoreless for over 20 minutes following that second quarter field goal. In their second meeting with Edna, they know discipline will play a factor in the result.
“Last time we played them, it was the hardest game ever with most of our defense being sophomores,” senior defensive lineman Issac Paredes said. “Seeing them our senior year gives us a lot of confidence. We’ve been playing together since we were little and we like to play fast and physical.”
Because of the players’ familiarity with each other dating back to their days playing pee-wee ball in Jourdanton, the Indians have also found success with complimentary play on both sides of the ball. When the offense is operating at full tilt, so does the defense. When the defense creates takeaways, the offense capitalizes.
“It’s huge. Not all teams can count on each other like we do,” senior quarterback Cole Andrus said. “We have full trust in our defense. That’s something we can count on.”
This story was corrected to reflect that the last time Jourdanton reached the third round was 1985.