It was the little things, according to Robstown head coach Enrique Gonzalez, as he spoke to his team following a 26-6 loss in their district opener to the West Oso Bears.
The loss gives the 'Pickers an 0-6 record on the year.
“We’re inexperienced, but we did a good job stopping the run last week. This week we held the pass a little bit,” Gonzalez said. “We just need to put it all together.”
The Cotton Pickers had trouble containing the run, as they spotted the Bears a 16-0 lead in the first half, including an early 55-yard touchdown.
In the second half quarterback Luis Gonzalez hit Joe Angel Luna for the Pickers first score, cutting the Bear's lead, 16-6.
Robstown rotated Gonzalez and Omar Elizondo. Elizondo got the start, but Gonzalez, who was brought up from the junior varsity, was under center for most of the nights passing plays. He is the fourth quarterback Robstown has used this season.
Gonzalez ended the night going 8-of-11 for 149 yards and a touchdown. Elizondo did his work on the ground, rushing 14 times for 41 yards.
The 'Pickers had to do without quarterback Victor Leal, who is injured with a separated shoulder.
“It is hard to replace a guy like (Leal)," Gonzalez said. "But Luis did a good job in his first outing."
The Bears put the game out of reach with a safety and punt return to make the final 26-6.
This week, Robstown will have a Thursday night special when they play Miller at Buc Stadium. The Bucaneers had a rough outing at Raymondville last Friday, losing 31-6. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.
KINGSVILLE - The Banquete Bulldogs picked up their second district win of the year against the Santa Gertrudis Academy Pride at Javelina Stadium Friday night.
The Bulldogs scored early in the first quarter with Ben Benavidez throwing a 67-yard pass to Manuel Garcia for a Banquete touchdown. The 'Dog's offense managed to keep things moving throughout the first half, scoring 48 unanswered points.
The Banquete defense was equally impressive, pitching a shutout, as well as grabbing three interceptions on the night. Jesse Cedillo led the defense with six solo tackles and two assisted tackles throughout the game.
O.J. Ramirez brought in the final touchdown for Banquete in the fourth quarter, bringing the final score to 55-0.
Jacob Gonzalez was the game's leading rusher with 129 yards on nine carries. The offensive line paved the way for the 'Dog's backfield, racking up 363 rushing yards.
Banquete will host the Skidmore-Tynan Bobcats next. Skidmore is coming off a 41-0 win over Premont.