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Friday, November 16, 2012

2012 RAMS FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS – 3

PLAYOFFS | Page 2 Semifinals for the first time in school history. Awaiting the Rams was a trip to the Alamodome in San Antonio and a match-up against the 13-0 San Antonio Clark Cougars. Del Rio had no answer for Clark’s triple option offense and saw its historic playoff run come to an end, 35-14. In 2010, Del Rio matched the previous best streak of playoff appearances by qualifying for the postseason three consecutive years. Once again the Rams were scheduled to face the Mission Sharyland Rattlers, but this time it would be at Heroes Stadium San Antonio. The Rattlers struck early and often and the Rams bowed out of the playoffs, 34-7. In 2011, Del Rio set a new city record by making its fourth consecutive trip to the playoffs. Awaiting the Rams, once again, were the Donna Redskins. Playing at Shirley Field in Laredo, a field at which the Rams had already won a pair of games that season, Del Rio ran past the overmatched Redskins and rolled to a 34-7 victory to move to the Area round for the second time in three years. The Area game pitted the Rams against the top team Photo by Brian Argabright, file | Del Rio News-Herald

The first captains of the season for the Rams, which opened their season Aug. 31 in Kerrville against the Tivy Antlers, were, from left, Jorge Fernandez, Claudio Arizpe, Gus Sandoval and Reymundo Gonzalez.

in the valley - the 11-0 stateranked Harlingen Cardinals. With both the home and visitors sides at San Antonio’s Comalander Stadium packed with fans, the two teams traded touchdowns and highlight reel-worthy plays for four quarters before Harlingen pulled out a 37-34 win over the Rams. While the loss ended Del Rio’s season in the second round of the playoffs, it sparked a renewed determination to return to the postseason and pick up where the 2011 team ended. This season Del Rio was picked by several experts to contend for a district championship. Armed with an experienced backfield and a defense loaded with heavy hitters, Del Rio won its first district championship since 1993 and claimed the district’s No. 1 seed in the Division II brackett. Their reward was a Bi-District playoff game against the Edinburg Economedes Jaguars Saturday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m. at Lehnhoff Stadium in Schertz. Will Del Rio reach the Area round for the first time in back-to-back seasons or will the Jaguars pull off an upset? We’ll know the answer to that Saturday night.

Photo by Brian Argabright, file | Del Rio News-Herald

Del Rio Rams defensive back Claudio Arizpe (2) leaps and blocks a field goal attempt by the Carlsbad Cavemen during the first half of a game played Sept. 7 in Carlsbad, N.M. Arizpe, a senior, was a preseason pick for District 29-5A Defensive Player of the Year.

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