The Veterans Memorial Patriots improved their record to 2-1 by defeating the now 1-2 Juarez-Lincoln Huskies by a score of 52-14 at Tom Landry Stadium Saturday afternoon. The game, which was originally scheduled to be played under the Friday night lights, was postponed until Saturday afternoon, like so many others across the Valley, due to the thunderstorms that moved through our area Friday night.
Surprisingly enough it was the Huskies that struck lightning-quick when just 1:15 into the game Luis Jasso intercepted a Diego Hernandez pass and ran it back 63-yards for a touchdown. However the Patriots would go on to rain down 52 unanswered points on the Huskies, with the help of six Hernandez touchdown passes completed to four different receivers.
Patriots that scored on touchdown passes from Hernandez were Buda Gonzalez (5-yards), Adam Solis (23 and 19-yards), Bobby Tovar (81-yards) and Roman De Leon (4 and 7-yards). The Patriots’ two other touchdowns were scored on a 75-yard run down the sideline by Solis and a 41-yard interception return by Matthew Guerrero.
The Huskies lone offensive touchdown of the game was scored by Livan Pequeno on a 75-yard run up the middle of the Patriots’ otherwise stingy defense with only 1:38 remaining in the game.
After the game Huskies’ head Coach Tomas Garcia credited the Patriots for their play while accepting the blame for his team’s failure to execute.
“Obviously they outplayed us in all three phases of the game,” shared Garcia. “It’s my coaches’ and my responsibility to get our players ready and they weren’t ready today. We never like these rain-delayed games but we’re not going to use that as an excuse. The bottom line is that they executed when they had to and we didn’t.”
The Patriots’ win came one week after a lopsided loss to the famed Odessa Permian Panthers. With that loss still fresh in their minds, the Patriots seemed to take their frustrations out on the Huskies Saturday.
“We had some questions to answer about ourselves as far as how we were going to respond after last week’s loss,” Veterans Memorial head football coach David Gilpin said. “At the end of the day we got our tails whooped by that bunch so it was up to us to respond. We didn’t have our tails between our legs after that game and while the score was not very good, the positives we took out of it far outweigh the negatives.”
“It was still going to be a challenge to get back on the horse that threw us last week and see how we would respond; and our kids did well,” added Gilpin.