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Waco La Vega holds off Gatesville for 37-26 victory

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Posted: Saturday, September 28, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:39 am, Mon Oct 13, 2014.

WACO — After Gatesville lost its final nondistrict game 37-26 to former district rival La Vega, head coach Kyle Cooper said the Hornets coaching staff must now evaluate what the team does well and what it doesn’t do well.

Looking at the first quarter of Friday night’s game at Pirate Stadium isn’t going to shed a lot of light on the Hornets’ offense.

Jeff Speer threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns, but inconsistency by the Gatesville offense and defense doomed the Hornets in their final nondistrict game of the season, two weeks before their District 8-3A opener against Lampasas.

“This team has a ton of resiliency. I don’t fault their efforts,” Cooper said. “We as coaches have got to put them in better positions. Regardless, this one’s behind us. We’ve got to get better from it; we’ve got to get better from the last five. From this point forward, we play the ones that matter.”

Speer, just a sophomore, completed 50 percent of his passes (20-of-40), and completed touchdown throws of 7, 65 and 20 yards, but the offense was nearly nonexistent in the first quarter and didn’t take advantage of opportunities in the second half after cutting a 15-point deficit to just two. The Hornets’ defense gave up nearly 350 yards of offense, including 324 on the ground, and struggled in pivotal third- and fourth-down situations.

“That’s tough when they can hold the ball like that. But, that’s nothing new from La Vega. They’ve always done a great job of that and they took care of the ball well, so hats off to them,” Cooper said. “We’ve got to be able to do the same thing. We’ve got to establish some consistency offensively and be able to control the ball as well and keep an offense like that off the field.”

Ayorinde Gibson ran for 82 yards and a critical 4-yard touchdown in the third quarter and Detrayten Wagoner ran for 113 yards and a score to help La Vega (2-3) snap a two-game losing skid.

Gatesville (2-3) trailed 13-0 early in the second quarter, but Tariq Miller cut the Pirates’ lead to 21-19 with a 5-yard touchdown run in the third quarter after an interception by De’Quan Cross.

Javon Arnett’s 45-yard run on the Pirates’ next drive set up Gibson’s 4-yard touchdown run and La Vega’s 29-19 lead. Kendall Ratliff scored on a 45-yard run in the fourth quarter for a 37-19 lead after the Hornets twice failed to convert fourth-down attempts.

The Hornets lost a fumble and failed to convert another fourth-down try before Speer threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Wallace to cut the Pirates’ lead to the final margin. La Vega recovered Gatesville’s onside kick and was able to run out the final 2:47.

“I think there was some offensive inconsistency there,” Cooper said. “The defense came up with a few stops. Once again, we as coaches have got to put them in better positions, we’ve got to evaluate where we’re at as a team and things we do well and the things we don’t do well and move forward from here.”

Speer threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter to rally the Hornets, who ran just three offensive plays in the first quarter and trailed La Vega 13-0 early in the second.

Speer completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Brady Elliot and a 65-yarder to Andraque Jones to cut La Vega’s lead to just 21-12 at halftime. Jones finished with seven catches for 144 yards and a touchdown on offense and an interception on defense.

La Vega had 136 yards total, 125 rushing, in the first quarter and held Gatesville to just three yards as it ran out to its early lead. Wagoner scored on a 30-yard run and De’Andre Jones completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Benson to spot the Pirates their early lead. La Vega converted three of five third downs and two fourth downs on its first two scoring drives.

Speer’s touchdown throw to Elliot capped a 14-play drive that included a successful fake punt run by Jake Kee on a fourth-and-1 play and a 30-yard completion from Speer to Jones on a third-and-9 play. Kee was the Hornets’ leading rusher with 18 yards on 13 carries.

Damarquis Sheppard scored on a 56-yard interception return for La Vega that gave the Pirates a 21-6 lead. Sheppard’s defensive touchdown came just two plays after Jones intercepted La Vega quarterback Parrish Cobb.

Speer rebounded from the turnover by completing the 65-yard touchdown throw to Jones on a third-and-19 play with 1:36 left to play in the first half.

The Hornets went three-and-out on their first series of the second half, but Cross returned the Hornets’ second interception 45 yards to the La Vega 5 to set up Miller’s score. The Pirates scored six plays later to stretch their lead to 10.

“We’d get the momentum going and then they just make one big play. I think it kind of gets in our team’s head sometimes because we’re young, but we’re still working on it, getting better at it,” Jones said.

“We’ve got to learn to be more consistent with what we do and not letting big plays for them get us down and get us off our rhythm,” Jones added. “Once we get a rhythm going and they make a stop, we’ve just got to bounce back and keep going instead of letting it get us down.”

Jeff Speer threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns, but inconsistency by the Gatesville offense and defense doomed the Hornets to a 37-26 loss to La Vega on Friday night at Pirate Stadium, two weeks before their District 8-3A opener against Lampasas. 

Speer, just a sophomore, completed 50 percent of his passes (20-of-40), and completed touchdown throws of 7, 65 and 20 yards, but the offense was nearly nonexistent in the first quarter and didn’t take advantage of opportunities in the second half after cutting a 15-point deficit to two.

Ayorinde Gibson ran for 82 yards and a critical 4-yard touchdown in the third quarter and Detrayten Wagoner ran for 113 yards and a score to help La Vega (2-3) snap a two-game losing skid.

Gatesville (2-3) trailed 13-0 early in the second quarter, but Tariq Miller cut the Pirates’ lead to 21-19 with a 5-yard touchdown run in the third quarter after an interception by De’Quan Cross.

Javon Arnett’s 45-yard run on the Pirates’ next drive set up Gibson’s 4-yard touchdown run, and Kendall Ratliff scored on a 45-yard run in the fourth quarter after the Hornets twice failed to convert fourth-down attempts.

The Hornets lost a fumble and failed to convert another fourth-down try before Speer threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Wallace to cut the Pirates’ lead to the final margin. La Vega recovered Gatesville’s onside kick and was able to run out the final 2:47.

Speer threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter rallying the Hornets, who ran just three offensive plays in the first quarter and trailed La Vega 13-0 early in the second.

Speer completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Brady Elliot and a 65-yarder to Andraque Jones to cut La Vega’s lead to 21-12 at halftime.

La Vega had 136 yards total, 125 rushing, in the first quarter and held Gatesville to 3 yards as it ran out to its early lead. Wagoner scored on a 30-yard run and De’Andre Jones completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Benson to spot the Pirates their early lead.

Speer’s touchdown throw to Elliot capped a 14-play drive that included a successful fake punt run by Jake Kee on a fourth-and-1 play and a 30-yard completion from Speer to Jones on a third-and-9 play.

Damarquis Sheppard scored on a 56-yard interception return for La Vega that gave the Pirates a 21-6 lead. Sheppard’s defensive touchdown came just two plays after Jones intercepted La Vega quarterback Parrish Cobb.

Speer rebounded from the turnover by completing the 65-yard touchdown throw to Jones on a third-and-19 play with 1:36 left to play in the first half.

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