Rangers run away with game, devastate Mavericks 44-0

The Rangers are looking better and better with each passing week.

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Rangers run away with game, devastate Mavericks 44-0

Luke Gombert and Garrett Brooks celebrate a touchdown against Pflugerville Hendrickson. Gombert threw for two touchdowns this week in a win over San Antonio Madison.

Luke Gombert and Garrett Brooks celebrate a touchdown against Pflugerville Hendrickson. Gombert threw for two touchdowns this week in a win over San Antonio Madison.

Danielle Esperiqueta

Luke Gombert and Garrett Brooks celebrate a touchdown against Pflugerville Hendrickson. Gombert threw for two touchdowns this week in a win over San Antonio Madison.

Danielle Esperiqueta

Danielle Esperiqueta

Luke Gombert and Garrett Brooks celebrate a touchdown against Pflugerville Hendrickson. Gombert threw for two touchdowns this week in a win over San Antonio Madison.

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor

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It looks like Madison’s lucky gold Maverick isn’t so lucky, as Smithson Valley notches another win into their belt after trouncing the Mavericks 44-0.

Madison was a difficult team to place prior to the game, after they followed up a shutout at the hands of Schertz Clemens with a 55-point explosion against Austin Bowie, one in which three of their backs compiled at least 100 yards.

Well, those backs fell strangely silent again today, as the Madison offense was thoroughly silenced by a stout Smithson Valley defense. QB Michael Garza and his stable of backfield mates were suffocated all night long by a Smithson Valley defense that put together its first shutout since 2017. Prior to a garbage-time rush by WR RJ Kyle, the top Maverick rushers (Darien Gill, Garza, Anthony Cleaver, Kyle) combined for just 34 yards on 19 attempts. Garza completed five of eight passes for 38 yards. This wasn’t just a case of one team being better than another. This was an embarrassment of a game in which the visiting team blew Madison off  the field. 

CB Jalen Nutt, who nearly came away with a pick off of Garza, was quick to praise his pass rush, led by Trey Belyeu-Witcher and Trey Moore, who each collected a sack.

“[The pass rush] gets their offense nervous,” the junior said. ‘It gets our momentum up to make big plays on the front line.”

But to speak only of the defense discredits an incredible offensive week for the Rangers. The team had nearly 300 rushing yards on just 42 carries (6.5 YPC). Jacob Forton (19/99) nearly cracked the century mark, Greg Eggleston went for 73 yards and two scores on his seven carries, and the relief mob of Gabe Hoskins (26 yards), Braxton Bounds (42 yards) and Justin Avery (25 yards)nearly matched Forton’s performance, and even got a garbage-time touchdown when Bounds broke through the line on a draw for a 36-yard score.

The ground brigade wasn’t the only thing that got going, however. Luke Gombert (5/171/2) started hot with a 51-yard touchdown to Cooper Douglass, and though his completion numbers weren’t great (five for 12), he has a knack for the big play. Three of five completions gained at least 48 yards: the 51-yarder to Douglass, a 48-yarder to Eggleston that could’ve gone the distance if not for a heads-up play by the safety, and a 51-yard bomb to Eggleston. Would it be nice to get those completion numbers up? Yes. But Gombert is proving that surpassing 12 yards per attempt is more valuable to this team than a great completion percentage without the explosive plays. Coach Larry Hill loves those big pickups, and the offense certainly picked up a lot of them. Eggleston is one. The senior converted to offensive Swiss Army Knife after playing linebacker the last couple of seasons, and he’s certainly raised his profile with scouts and fans alike. After an incredible couple of performances, he now has 494 all-purpose yards to go with five total touchdowns in just three games. 

After the game, the Jon Wayne Player of the Game was announced. Guess who it was?

“I couldn’t have done this without God. He truly blessed me,” Eggleston said after the game. “This means a lot to me and the whole team, I would have never [gotten] this [award] without the support of my teammates and good coaching.”

Eggleston, who is receiving interest from college teams, says he favors running back over his listed wide receiver position.

“I like running back more because I’ve played that position since little league and I just feel more comfortable when I’m behind the line and running through the holes they create.”

With almost 500 yards already, the question had to be asked. What does he think about all those big plays?

“Having big plays like [the 51-yard touchdown] really gives our defense confidence to go out there and get a three and out. It also kills the will of the other team.”

‘Kill the will.’ That sounds like such a t-shirt slogan. The team gets tonight to bask in the victory – and perhaps design some shirts – but tomorrow it’s back to work.

“[We start preparing] after film, weights, and conditioning tomorrow,” Nutt said.

Such is the blessing and curse of such a short season. Weekly games are exciting to prepare for, but frustrating when celebration is replaced by fervent preparation. Next up are the Schertz Clemens Buffaloes, who are sitting on a 2-0 record (84-21 point differential) ahead of Friday’s game vs San Antonio Reagan. A tough opponent, to be sure, but if the Rangers play like this every week, a playoff run will look more and more likely.

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