The Warhorses rushed their way to 3,511 yards on the season, but gained only 68 in their loss to Ingleside. Devine turned up its passing game the last two weeks however, including 319 yards and two touchdowns against the Mustangs Friday night that kept them within striking distance in the second half.
Warhorse quarterback Brady Hackebeil hit seven different receivers through the course of the game, keeping the Mustang secondary guessing who the main target primarily was. Four receptions went for over 30-yards each, and another went for 29-yards and a score to Gabriel Esquibel for the Horses first touchdown of the game.
Xavier Contreras, Ethan Santos, Aiden Zapata, and Esquibel each reeled in 30-yards or more receptions.
Welcome back, eventually
Seniors Peyton Carr and Mason Martinez graduate in May, their quickness and physicality is going to be missed for sure for Coach George Villa and his defensive unit. Villa has others ready and willing to fill that void, however.
“Outside linebackers Brandon Martinez, Marcus Rodriguez, Luke Friesenhahn, and Aiden Zapata did a great job for us controlling the right and left interior of our defense. These guys had to be able to be solid defending the run and the pass. We are lucky that all four of these guys will be returning in 2022, so we are looking for some great things out of this group next year.”
What’s in store…
Head Coach Paul Gomez took a quick look ahead to 2022 saying, “We have a lot of talent coming back. We are going to expand offensively and do everything possible to put our athletes in the best places to be successful. We are going to get in the weight room and get stronger, work on our explosiveness and get faster. We are going to do this together as a family and we are going to hold each other accountable. The future is very bright!
Gomez’s final words went to the parents of the student-athletes that he and his staff just spent a majority of the last 17 weeks or so with on an almost daily basis. If the Warhorse players weren’t at home with biological parents over the past few months, there is a great chance that they were with their Warhorse family.
“I would like to thank all the parents from every level for all their help this year. All of the snack bags, drinks, signs, decorations etc. You guys have been great! Thank you for letting us coach your kids hard and believing in the program. We are going to keep moving up that ladder. I would like to thank my coaching staff for all of their hard work and dedication. Thank you for your loyalty and for pushing these kids to be the best that they could be. We are all teachers of life. That’s the most important thing.
Many schools celebrate breaking .500 on their win-loss record, yet Devine feels like it underachieved in 2021 by going 8-3. Warhorse Nation is spoiled (IN A GOOD WAY!) that their high school football team regularly produces 7-8-9-10-win teams that advance to the state playoffs.
It is understandable that fans are not happy directly after any loss, but the coaches and players laid it all on the line for all to see all season long. They are to be congratulated for playing a sport that requires so much time, energy, and attention to detail as well as for bringing so many people together on what would otherwise be a boring Friday night.
Thank you Warhorse players and coaches for letting us enjoy your 2021 season. Best of luck in whatever sport is next on your calendar.
Total yards Dev 387, Ing 355 First downs Dev 16, Ing 11 Rushing Dev 29-68-2.34, Ing 37-153-4.14 Passing Dev 15-25-319-2TD-2INT, Ing 10-17-202-2TD-0INT Fumbles-lost Dev 1-1, Ing 2-2 Penalties Dev 2-20, Ing 2-15.
Passing Brady Hackebeil 15-25-319-2TD-2INT Receiving Xavier Contreras 4-100, Ethan Santos 3-70-1TD, Gabriel Esquibel 4-49-1TD, Mason Martinez 1-46, Aiden Zapata 1-30, Hayden DuBose 1-13, Peyton Carr 1-11 Rushing Ethan Santos 7-27, Brady Hackebeil 13-24, Gabriel Esquibel 6-15-1TD, Hayden DuBose 2-4-1TD, Xavier Contreras 1- -2.
Score by quarter
Ing 7 10 7 7 = 31
Dev 0 7 0 20 = 27
ING–Jordan Randall 14-yard run (Brandon Hernandez PAT), 0-7, 5:05, 1st.
ING–JC Smith 31-yard pass from Aidan Jakobsohn (Hernandez PAT), 0-14, 11:52, 2nd.
DEV–Gabriel Esquibel 29-yard pass from Brady Hackebeil (Caden Hanson PAT), 7-14, 7:36, 2nd.
ING–Hernandez 24-yard field goal, 7-17, 0:00, 2nd.
ING–Leo Villareal 4-yard run (Hernandez PAT), 7-24, 7:44, 3rd.
DEV–Hayden DuBose 2-yard run (PAT failed), 13-24, 11:53, 4th.
DEV–Esquibel 5-yard run (run failed), 19-24, 9:01, 4th.
ING–Christian Rocha 31-yard pass from Jakobsohn (Hernandez PAT), 19-31, 4th.
DEV–Ethan Santos 11-yard run (Esquibel from Hackebeil two-point conversion), 27-31, 0:35, 4th.
By Jerel Beaty