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The Gonzales junior high football teams opened their season at Navarro on Thursday.
The 8th A defeated Navarro 34-14. The Apaches got touchdown runs of 43 and 66 yards from Keiran Grant as well as a two-point conversion play. Matthew Velasquez-Banda hauled in an 84-yard touchdown strike from Marvin Cardoza. Velasquez-Banda also scored on a two-point conversion. Cardoza had a 61-yard touchdown run and a 36-yard interception return. Offensive linemen Trent Wilkerson, Ty Roaches, Cole Hendersot, Manuel Olalde, and Jared Esparza provided the running backs with lots of holes and space. Cardoza was named defensive player of the game , helped by effort from Miles Svoboda and James Martinez.
“Our boys played well tonight. Our motto for the week was “fixing the little things.” We are going to focus on the little things first,” coach Joey Carrizale said. “ We have to correct and execute on the little things before the big things start to happen. Proud of their effort and attitude tonight.”
• The 8th B came up short, 8-6. Seth Gibson and Alejandro Pruneda generated most of the rushing yardage Justyn Ybarbo threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Julian Matamores in the closing seconds of the game. The defense played tough the entire game, only giving up eight points.
• The 7th A team lost a close one 8-6. Adrian Reyes returned a kickoff 60 yards for the Apaches’ only touchdown. Mason Richter was 1-of-2 for 20 yards with Daniel Cruz having the 20-yard reception. Heath Henke and Domingo Garcia combined for 70 yards rushing. The defense was led by Lion Williamson and Jimmy Bustos who had a quarterback sack each and several other tackles.
• 7th B lost their game 2-0 with great defensive effort by David Sexton and Dylan Rodriguez.
• In Saturday GCYFL action, The Apache Freshman White shut out their Freshman Black colleagues 27-0; Apache Sophomore Black lost to Cuero 18-0 while Sophomore White was beaten by Yorktown 7-0. Apache Junior teams won their games as Apache Black defeated Cuero 6-0 and Apache White shut down Victoria Titans 21-0. Apache Senior Black took care of business against Yorktown 24-0.