Owls Gut Out Win in Coahoma
The Reagan County Owls roughed out a win Friday night in their first road test of the season.
Senior Alex Chavez had a gem of a game leading the Owls (2-1) to a 42-35 win over Coahoma (1-2).
"I told him at halftime he'd have to put the team on his back," Coach Blake Weston said. "He did just that."
Chavez finished the game with 312 yards of total offense and 20 points to his name.
"He's an amazing athlete," Weston said. "In the back of his mind, I think this game was a little revenge from last year because he went out early in that game."
Chavez did it all Friday night with 186 yards rushing, 84 yards receiving and 44 yards with his arm.
Things didn't go the Owls way early with the team trailing 12-0 in the second quarter.
"We hit a trick play at that point," Weston said. "I think that gave our guys a boost."
The play came with 1:48 remaining in the first half. Alex Chavez threw a lateral to Justin Chavez setting up what looked like a screen. Justin drew the Bulldog defense to the home sideline before throwing the ball back to Alex in front of the Owl faithful.
"It was like heaven," Alex said. "The gates just opened up."
Alex took the ball 84 yards for the Owls first touchdown.
"Coahoma answered right back," Weston said. "It didn't seem to phase them."
The Bulldogs extended their lead on the first play of the second half with a 58 yard bomb. The two-point conversion put them up 20-6.
"That is when the game turned," Weston said. "We preached at halftime to stay positive. Don't get down no matter what happens. We went on to score 22 unanswered points."
The Owls' next score, which was set up by a 30 yard Samuel Goodloe run, came in a 10 yard pass and catch from Alex to Kaleb Morris.
The pair hooked up again for the two point try to make it 20-14 Coahoma with over 11 minutes left in the third.
The Owls' defense held firm with a three and out setting up the Owls next score.
"We saw in the first half that Coahoma was stacking the box," Weston said. "That stuffed a lot of the things we did last week. We decided to try and get the edge on them. It worked."
Alex Chavez ran for 39 yards on three carries to set up Cahel Lafferty for a seven yard touchdown run.
"Cahel had a breakout game last week," Weston said. "He is probably the unsung hero in this game. Him and Justin Chavez. They were unselfish when we asked them to set the edge for Alex. They accepted the challenge, and got the job done."
That score tied the game at 20 all with 6:54 left in the third.
The Owls scored again late in the third on another edge-finding Alex Chavez run.
The 65 yard run put the Owls up 28-23 heading to the fourth quarter.
Coahoma wasn't going to let the Owls rally to a win without a fight though.
The Bulldogs hit a 65 yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter to take the 29-28 lead.
The Owls responded with a nine play drive capped by a Samuel Goodloe touchdown.
Alex Chavez converted the two to put the Owls up 36-29 with 7:29 remaining in the game.
Coahoma drew their last blood with 3:32 left in the game on a short run.
"We knew where we were having success and stuck with it," Weston said. "Alex kept finding the edge, and in the end he was able to put them away with it."
With 1:38 left in the game Alex rounded the edge of Coahoma's defense along their home sideline and legged out a 56 yard game-sealing touchdown run.
"Honestly he's our leader," Senior Trey Ortiz said. "He can throw and run. More importantly, he keeps his composure when we need him. He is a great quarterback."
Coahoma took their last gasp as time slipped away only to see Justin Chavez pick the ball off to close out the game.
Justin finished the night with 96 yards passing on the two double passes called in the game.
"I was overly pleased with our fight tonight," Weston said. "The way we overcame our play in the first half was amazing."
Weston said his team will have to find a way to put it all together next week against Forsan.
"We need a better start," Weston said. "Last week we looked sharp at times. We go through phases where we look really good then really bad. If we could ever put it together for a whole game we would be really good. We need to level off and play from start to finish."
Owl fans are encouraged to make the trip to Forsan (2-1) next Friday to cheer on their team as they look to improve to 3-1 on the season.