Coyotes play home finale tomorrow

Two playoff-bound football teams will collide tomorrow night in the Honey Bowl as the Uvalde Coyotes host the Eagle Pass Winn Mavericks.

Kick-off time for the District 29-5A contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Coyotes will celebrate Parents’ Night as the parents of Uvalde High School varsity football players will be honored during a special pre-game ceremony.

Both the Coyotes and the Winn Mavericks have clinched a post-season playoff berth and are locked into playoff slots.

The Coyotes are District 29-5A’s second-seeded team for the bi-district round of the Class 5A Division II playoffs, while the Mavericks are the district’s second-seeded team for the bi-district round of Class 5A Division I.

Win or lose tomorrow, neither the Coyotes nor the Mavericks can improve their playoff position.

Coach Eric Villaseñor’s Mavericks, 2-2 in district and 3-6 for the season, played a difficult pre-district slate. Winn’s pre-district losses came against four teams headed to post-season play, including: Crystal City, 20-13; Mission, 21-14; Eagle Pass High, 34-7; and San Antonio Central Catholic, 22-6.

Winn has split their four district games.

Their district wins have come over McCollum, 27-14, and Harlandale, 21-6.

Both district losses have come in close games as they dropped a 30-28 decision against Southside and lost a 28-20 verdict to Floresville last Friday.

“Winn’s record is not indicative of just how good a team they are. With a few breaks in two of their district games, they could be 4-0 in district at this point,” said UHS head football coach R.T. Gonzales. “Southside rallied to beat Winn on a field goal in the closing seconds of that game. And the Mavericks were ahead of Floresville last week, before the Tigers came back to win that game.”

Offensively, the Mavs are led by the play of quarterback Ethan Johnston, running backs Luis Rodriguez, Fernando Zapata, and Luis Olvera, and wide receivers Jose Blanco, Luis Rodriguez, Jared Roiz, and Justin Roiz.

Johnston completed five passes for 125 yards and a touchdown, and he rushed 17 times for 42 yards against Floresville.

Rodriguez had nine carries for 69 yards and a touchdown.

Olvera rushed twice for four yards and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for 35 yards.

Blanco caught a 76-yard touchdown pass.

Winn is led up front by linemen Jaime Rodriguez, Miguel Niño, Sebastian Lopez, Erik Del Bosque, and Juan Hernandez.

“The Mavs have a big offensive line. They like to run the ball. But they are very capable of throwing it,”said Gonzales. “ Their quarterback threw a touchdown pass against Floresville last Friday night.”

Defensive standouts for Winn against Floresville were defensive back Azael Rodriguez with nine tackles and two assists, and linebackers Ernesto Villaseñor with five tackles and six assists, and Miguel De Los Santos with six tackles, four assists, and a quarterback sack.

“The Mavericks have a terrific defense. They are physical and they swarm to the ball,” said Gonzales.

“Winn has a talented, well-coached football team,” said Gonzales. “We know the Mavericks will be prepared and ready to play us. We anticipate a tough game.”

Coach Gonzales’ Coyotes, 2-2 in district play and 5-4 for the season, will enter play tomorrow coming off a 28-16 road victory over the McCollum Cowboys last Friday at San Antonio.

“It was a strange football game. It was a game that featured a lot of games within the game itself,” said Gonzales.

“We got off to a quick start and played well on offense in the first half,” said Gonzales. “In the second half, we struggled a bit on offense, but our defense stepped up and did a great job for us.”

The Coyotes scored on three of their first five possessions.

On their first possession, the Coyotes moved the ball from their 24-yard line to the McCollum three, but fumbled the ball away.

Later in the first period, the Coyotes scored on a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Domingo Davila to running back Sotero Martinez and a 25-yard touchdown pass from Davila to wide receiver D’Andre Carroll.

Late in the first half, Davila scored on a five-yard touchdown run.

Down 20-3, the Cowboys rallied to score on the final play of the first half. They then scored on the opening play of the second half on a 92-yard kick-off return.

“Their touchdown just before the end of the first half and their touchdown on the first play of the second half put the Cowboys back into the game,” said Gonzales. “It got them fired up, and they played us tough most of the rest of the way.”

Up 20-16, the Coyotes came up with a huge defensive play in the fourth period as defensive back Domingo Davila picked off a McCollum pass and returned the interception 25 yards for a touchdown to seal the victory.


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