In their first home game of the season, the Robstown Cotton Pickers were unable to stop the Ray Texans as they were defeated 43-8 on Friday night.
"Before they left after the pep rally, we talked about how you get ready to play a game and we didn't do that," Robstown head coach Doug Wood said. "And it showed, because all the things they did we knew exactly, but we couldn't make a play because mentally we were messing things up."
Ray scored the first three times they had the ball in the game. Their first was on a 30-yard run by with 10:09 left in the first quarter running back Ashton Benavides with a two-point conversion afterwards by tight end Raheem Walton. Ray scored again in the first with 2:47 left on a 21-yard pass from Texan quarterback Rey Rodriguez to receiver David Black.
"The first quarter was tumultuous," Wood said. "I mean it was bad."
The Texans continued to score in the second quarter, first on a 17-yard pass from Rodriquez to receiver Reed Clemens and again on another short-yard run by Benavidez.
Robstown finally scored with 12 seconds left in the first half with a 9-yard run by running back Jovan Villanueva. Villanueva also ran the ball into the end zone for the two-point conversion.
In the second half, Robstown was able to slow down the Texans' offense.
"We did a little better the second half," Wood said. "But they're a good football team. They have a good scheme and if you're not sharp mentally, that's what's going to happen."
Texans player Dominic Rangel intercepted a pass from 'Pickers quarterback Joe Mungia and ran the ball 84 yards for a touchdown in the middle of the third quarter. Rangel had two of the three Texans interceptions on Mungia in the game.
Ray's last score came in the middle of the fourth quarter on a Rodriquez pass to Clemons. Ray finished with 191 yards in both rushing and passing for a total of 382 yards on offense.
Robstown had 254 yards total offense for the game, with 188 yards rushing on 38 carries.
This week is the start of district play, with the Cotton Pickers going on the road to take on the West Oso Bears.
"Last year we were 0-3 at this time," Wood said. "We played just about like this. It's time to separate the men from the boys. We have to decide what we want to do. We have to decide what we want as a team."
Robstown's next home game will be on Oct. 2 against the Orange Grove Bulldogs. It will be the Cotton Pickers' homecoming game. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.