Robstown finally got its ground game going. Now the Cotton Pickers just need to find a way into the end zone.

Despite last week's lopsided score, coach Enrique Gonzalez believes Robstown is headed in the right direction as the Cotton Pickers (0-5 overall) prepare for Friday night's District 30-3A opener against West Oso (3-2).

“This is one of those games that you look at on video and ask how did we lose this game?” Gonzalez said. “We controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the line of scrimmage for the first time this year and established the running game. The difference was the big plays they made on offense. We’d hold them and hold them and hold them and then boom, they were gone.”

The Cotton Pickers showed flashes of being that kind of team, especially on their first play from scrimmage. Trailing 7-0 early in the first quarter, Omar Elizondo took the handoff and raced through the defense for a 70-yard touchdown run.

Elizondo’s score brought Robstown to within 7-6, but the Cotton Pickers didn’t get any closer than that. They had opportunities, especially in the third quarter.

Robstown used up 10 minutes, 16 seconds of the clock on two long drives in the third. However, both ended after failed fourth down attempts, one at the Kingsville 23-yard line and the other at the 6.

“We went up and down the field. We just couldn’t put it in the end zone,” Gonzalez said. “We went inside the red zone five times, but we couldn’t finish drives. It was just one of those deals.”