By ARMANDO GARZA
Special to the NEWS
One step closer.
The San Benito Greyhounds used tremendous special teams play and struck from all over the field as they trounced Brownsville Lopez 55-15 during Homecoming at Bobby Morrow Stadium on Friday night.
It was the fifth straight win for San Benito (6-2 overall, 5-0 District 32-6A) which clinched a playoff berth Friday, its first since 2011. A win next week at Harlingen South would officially clinch a share of the district title barring other circumstances. But all of that aside, the bottom line was against an overmatched Lopez team on Friday, the ’Hounds flexed their muscle and kept the pedal down toward a potential gold ball.
The ’Hounds began the game with an onside kick and got scores from Cristian Sierra (9-yard run), R.J. Atkinson (20-yard run) and Victor Gaitan (2 yard run) along with two-point conversions after each by Javier Ortiz (2) and Sierra. Lopez got a touchdown reception sandwiched in between but was simply helpless from the start.
In the second half, the onslaught continued as Armando Medrano ran back the opening kickoff 97 yards for a score, J.R. Gaitan returned to form with a 68-yard TD jaunt and Edward Alvarez also recorded an 8-yard TD. Also for San Benito, Alejandro Lugo booted a field goal and Benito Cavazos scored from nine yards out as he got his first touchdown of the season.
“We came out and played a better second half,” San Benito head coach Dan Gomez said. “We want to keep on grinding and getting sharp, fix some things we gotta get fixed and most importantly keep the edge.”
Many reserves saw action late for San Benito, which is always a good thing for depth, which will be needed for the playoffs.
San Benito is now up a game and a half on Los Fresnos, which plays tonight at Rivera. The ’Hounds have the tiebreaker on the Falcons via their 17-14 win back on Oct. 3.
NOTES: This will be the 19th playoff appearance for San Benito all-time. Previous trips included 1931, 42, 48, 57, 61, 90, 92, 93, 95, 98, 99, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011.