8th Grade Colts shut out Uvalde 14-0

#40 Alfredo Ramirez heads up field as a Uvalde Coyote chases him. Photo by K. Davis.

After taking a two-point lead into halftime, the Colts offense got on a roll in the second half scoring twice to pull away to a 14-0 victory over Uvalde in Devine’s first game of the season.
With 7:08 to go in the second quarter, the Colt defense forced a Coyote punt from their own end zone. The rather short punt hit the ground and bounced back into the end zone where Uvalde recovered the ball for a Devine safety.
The Colts offense began to heat up in the second half. Devine put together a 70-yard drive that ended with Edward Perez’s 3-yard run. The two-point attempt to receiver Tyler Pike was broken up, but the Colts led 8-0. That score held up through the quarter.
Devine’s defense forced a Uvalde punt to returner Evan Sanchez. Sanchez returned it 67 yards down the sideline for a nice return, but unfortunately, the officials called a holding penalty that negated the long return.
However, just a few plays later Jacob Rodriguez was able to find a hole up the middle and scored from 25 yards. Coach Lon Cozby put the ball in the air once again on a two-point try but a pass in the corner of the end zone intended for Carson Suhr was broken up.
“Overall, with just a few practices the kids played great,” Cozby stated. “The game went by very fast as both teams were running the ball and being tackled in bounds so the clock never really stopped. Tony Saldivar had a great game on defense. Uvalde kept trying to run outside but Tony kept contain all night. Eli Contreras and Alfredo Ramirez also had good games. Linebackers Jaysen Ramirez, Carter Faubel, and Edward Perez all were in on multiple occasions.”
Early in the season, the playbook is somewhat thin. Cozby has shown in past seasons that he likes to have his quarterbacks throw during ballgames. Look for that area to increase as the season rolls along.
“We really were not able to throw the ball this game but are looking forward to getting the receivers in the mix,” Cozby elaborated. “The line blocked great all night making holes for multiple running backs.”
Multiple backs shared the burden of moving the chains.
Cozby finished his weekly recap by saying, “We were running back by committee and that really kept the defense guessing. Wero Torres, Brayden Reyes, Matt Gomez, Victor Perez, Tyler, Eli, Edward, Alfredo, Jacob and Evan all contributed moving the ball.”
Up next
The Colts play at Warhorse Stadium for the first time this season as they take on Comfort. The 7th grade kicks off at 5:00pm followed by the 8th grade around 6:30pm.
By Jerel Beaty
Staff Writer