Santos, Santos, Santos
For the second consecutive week, Ethan Santos scored three touchdowns in a single ballgame. Santos scored three touchdowns in Devine’s district opener in Carrizo Springs. Against the Wildcats, Santos rushed for two scores and added another via an 88-yard kickoff return.
In Hondo Friday, Santos rushed for two again, and added a third on a 38-yard pass from quarterback Brady Hackebeil.
Santos has 12 total touchdowns this season, including 10 rushing, 1 receiving, and 1 on special teams.
Quarterback Brady Hackebeil led the Warhorse rushing attack, carrying 23 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns. After Ethan Santos dominated the early stages of the game with his three-touchdown first half, Hackebeil put the final two nails in the Owls coffin with two touchdown runs of his own to put the game out of reach in the second half.
Hackebeil scored on runs of 40 and 58-yards, gaining 98 of his 148 yards on two, game-clinching touchdown runs.
Devine has had a lot of success at Barry Field over the past 18 seasons or so. Since 2003, the Horses have walked off the victor in all but two games played in Hondo during that span.
One loss was in that 2003 season, while the other was a bi-district playoff loss in 2016.
Over the last couple of decades, Devine has been known around the area as RBU (Running Back University) due to outstanding numbers generated by the Warhorse rushing game. After a few seasons utilizing a different offensive scheme, Devine returned to some of its old bread and butter running attack and has pretty much dominated every opponent thus far.
Yes, the Horses have rushed for more than the 351 yards they put together against Hondo, but Devine racked up the 351 only on 20 attempts for a mind-boggling 17.55 yards per carry.
After a tough outing against the Wildcats in Carrizo Springs a week prior, the current version of RBU put on a terrific show against the Owls.
“I am super proud of how the running backs responded to the CS game. They put it behind them, and went back to work last week. It showed against Hondo. They blocked and ran hard. Great win guys” said running back coach Evan Eads.
Speaking of Barry Field and RBU…we are two weeks shy of the 10-year anniversary of the 2011 Devine squad that went 10-0 in the regular season and advanced four rounds in the state playoffs.
Devine played in Hondo that season, rushing 61 times for 551 yards and 7 touchdowns. Joseph Sadler carried the ball 50 times for 466 yards and 5 touchdowns.
“Hayden DuBose and Ethan Santos had recoveries on Hondo’s misplayed high-kick catch attempts which were huge plays for us. Jerod Fernandez played well on defense at end with one tackle for loss and a few pressures on their quarterback. Mason Martinez and Gus Puente combined for a couple of tackles on kickoffs. DuBose was 3 for 4 on extra points and also had a few tackles defensively and on kickoffs as well.”–Scott Taylor, Special Teams Coordinator and defensive end coach.
Shoutout to the Mighty Warhorse Marching Band on their Division 1 UIL Region 11 performance in Hondo Saturday afternoon. Band Director Jeff Miller and assistants Tom Settles and James Quintero do a fantastic job entertaining Warhorse Nation fans during Friday night football games and beyond.
Congratulations and best of luck at the UIL Area E Marching Contest in Calallen on October 30!
Total yards Dev 401, Hon 235 First downs Dev 17, Hon 10 Rushing Dev 20-351-17.6, Hon 21-44-2.1 Passing Dev 2-5-50-1TD-0INT, Hon 8-21-191-2TD-0INT Punting Dev 1-40, Hon 4-107-26.7 Fumbles-lost Dev 2-0, Hon 2-2 Penalties Dev 4-30, Hon 4-35.
Rushing Brady Hackebeil 23-148-6.4-2TD, Ethan Santos 4-90-22.5-2TD, Gabriel Esquibel 7-54-7.7, Hayden DuBose 7-33-4.7, Xavier Contreras 5-25-5.0, Aiden Zapata 1-4, Marcus Rodriguez 1-2, Sam Guardiola 1- -2, Nate Ramirez 1- -3 Passing Brady Hackebeil 2-5-40-2TD-0INT Receiving Ethan Santos 1-38-1TD, Aiden Zapata 1-12.
Score by quarter
Devine 14 7 6 6 = 33
Hondo 7 0 7 0 = 26
HON–Brandon Andreas 72-yard pass from Kaden English (Roberto Renteria PAT), 0-7. 11:10, 1st.
DEV–Ethan Santos 64-yard run (Hayden DuBose PAT), 7-7, 7:59, 1st.
DEV–Santos 20-yard run (DuBose PAT), 14-7, 1:08, 1st.
DEV–Santos 38-yard pass from Brady Hackebeil (DuBose PAT), 21-7, 9:05, 2nd.
DEV–Hackebeil 40-yard run (PAT failed), 27-7, 8:15, 3rd.
HON–Carson Winchester 20-yard pass from English (Renteria PAT), 27-14, 4:35, 3rd.
DEV–Hackebeil 58-yard run (pass conversion failed), 33-14, 3:49, 4th.
By Jerel Beaty
Santos, Santos, Santos