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Friday, November 16, 2012

2012 RAMS FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS – 9

DISTRICT | Page 8 weapon in quarterback Isaac Cabello. The speedy Cabello gouged the Rams defense for 178 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Unfortunately for the Panthers, South’s defense wasn’t as up for the task of stopping Del Rio. Garza rushed for 206 yards and four touchdowns and Fernandez threw a touchdown to Claudio Arizpe as Del Rio broke open a 14-14 tie and stayed perfect at home, 35-21. Oct. 20, 2012 Del Rio 45, Laredo LBJ 12 Another game, another four touchdown showing by Garza. The pint-sized powerhouse known as “G-Lo” by teammates, coaches and fans, rushed for 169 yards and four touchdowns as Del Rio overpowered the Laredo LBJ Wolves to earn a playoff berth and stay on track for the district championship. Fernandez threw another touchdown and backup Reese Perry came in for one series to toss a score to Tyler Bradshaw. LBJ was only able to score after the Rams pulled their first string defense. Oct. 26, 2012 Del Rio 36, Laredo United 26 Before the season began this game was seen by many as the one that would determine this year’s district champion. Then United’s start quarterback Alec Salas got hurt, Eagle Pass High upset the Longhorns, and now United was playing to keep its district title hopes alive. Del Rio didn’t take control of the game until the fourth quarter as the Rams played from behind for most of the contest. Longhorns backup Derek Esparza hurt the Rams with his arm and his legs, but the United defense couldn’t hold

the Rams back for very long. The two teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of total offense, but it was a defensive play - an interception by Bradshaw late - that set up the final score that put the Longhorns away. Garza nearly reached the 300-yard mark as he rushed for 292 yards and four touchdowns. His final touchdown, a 43yard jaunt that saw him run through, around and away from United defenders, came with 43 seconds left in the game. Nov. 2, 2012 Del Rio 49, Eagle Pass High 0 Eagle Pass talked a good game leading up to the annual meeting against the Rams, but it was Del Rio that let their actions speak loudest. The Rams jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and never looked back as Del Rio secured its first district championship in 19 years with a 49-0 win over the Eagles in their own stadium. An Eagle Pass team hasn’t scored against Del Rio since the 2010 season. Garza entered the game needing 191 yards to break the Rams single-season rushing record set in 11 games in 1993. He did that and more as he rushed for 198 yards in three quarters of play. He also scored five more touchdowns to push his season total to 32. Garza had already set the single season scoring record earlier in the year, but his five touchdowns gave him 192 points for the season. Del Rio’s defense made sure that none of the offensive show of strength was wasted as the Rams held Eagle Pass to only two plays of 10 yards or more, a total of eight first downs with two of those coming via penalties against Del Rio, and a total of 91 yards of offense.

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

Del Rio Rams fullback Lalo Esquivel (43) and guard Robert Valdez (58) prepare to charge into Laredo Alexander’s defensive line and make some space for running back Gudelio Garza.

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