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Pirates strike gold in Hondo, winning 37-27 on Friday night

Nathan Medrano, 32, rushed with 130 yards and scored two touchdowns against the Hondo Owls on Nov. 1. Medrano keeps a tight hold on the ball as he is forced down by the Hondo defense. (Photo by Luz Moreno-Lozano) field. An interception by Hondo gave the Owls another chance to even up the score. The Owls got to the Pirates 33-yard line, but failed to take advantage finishing the game with an incomplete pass and a score of 37-27 with the Pirates clenching the district championship. “These kids deserve everything that is coming to them,” Head Coach Dan Gomez said. “There are no harder working kids than the kids in Lytle, Texas.” The Pirates will go on to play their last home game of the season against Crystal City on Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. This will be the last district game of the regular season. “We’re going to practice hard as usual [as we prepare for Crystal City],” Gomez said.

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Pirates with 1:54 left. They take the extra point dominating the board 31-14. In possession of the ball at the start of the fourth, Hondo attempted another touchdown. A fumble of the ball had the Pirates at the recovery and in possession of the ball with 10:43 left in the game. Cedeno made his first touchdown of the night with 6:47 left on the clock. The Owls blocked the extra point, shorting the Pirates with a score of, 37-14. Hondo answered back with a touchdown at 5:33 increasing the score 37-20. With less than two minutes left, Hondo completed another touchdown with 1:52 left in the game. The extra point allowed for a 37-27 score. The Pirates, determined for one last touchdown, take the

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down and completed their first touchdown of the game at 11:21 in the second quarter. The Owls attempted the extra point, but missed the goal posts, trailing 6-12. The ball switched hands a number of times before Hondo made another touchdown with 6:33 left in the first half and completed the two-point conversion leading the scoreboard for the first time of the night, 12-14. Just before the end of the first half, the Owls punted the ball but it was overthrown leaving the Pirates first and goal at the seven-yard line. A flag pushed them back to the 17-yard line. Quarterback Bippert started with the ball, but a trick play sent a pass off to Josh Barrera. Barrera threw into the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown by Huerta. With three seconds left on the clock, the Owls began heading to the locker room for halftime unaware there was still time on the clock. The Owls rushed back to the field as Lytle attempted its second unsuccessful two-point conversion, leading at the half 14-18. “We need to finish plays on both sides of the ball,” Defensive Coordinator Manny Martinez said at half time. “If we do that, we’ll be alright.” At the start of the third, Hondo was again in possession of the ball. A solid eight minutes passed before another touchdown was made. The Pirates scored again at 4:08, increasing their lead and putting the score at 24-14. The Owls intercept the ball in the end zone during the Pirates two-point conversion and head to the opposite side of the field. The Owls work their way down trying to get the touchdown, but are shut down by the Pirate defense. Another touchdown comes from the

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Luz Moreno-Lozano Staff Writer On a four game winning streak, the Lytle High School Pirates pulled out another win to take a 6-3-season record and an undefeated record in district. The Pirates hold the number one seed in the district after defeating Hondo on Nov.1. The Owls were able to overcome the Pirates, putting up 330 total offensive yards to Lytle’s 300 offensive yards, but ultimately lost 37-27. Bryan Bippert threw 8 for 14 for 94 yards with one interception, two touchdowns and rushed for 13 yards, while Nathan Medrano led the rushers with 130 yards and two touchdowns. Ronald Montgomery ran for 46 yards with two receptions and a touchdown with Christian Cedeno rushing for 56 yards with one touchdown and Xavier Huerta ran 21 yards with two receptions and one touchdown. With the flip of the coin, Hondo elected to defend and the Pirate offense took the field. The first few minutes were slow as both teams attempted to get the first touchdown of the game. The Pirates came out strong and were able to get that first touchdown of the night at 8:33 in the first. Lytle’s two-point conversion was unsuccessful, leaving the Pirates ahead 6-0. With 1:55 left in the first quarter, the Pirates struck gold again going into the second quarter up 12-0. Hondo started off with the ball in the second quarter. Unsuccessful at a first down, they punted the ball, which was then fumbled by the Pirates. Hondo recovered the ball and was given yet another chance at a touchdown. The Owls buckled

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Cross country headed to state Luz Moreno-Lozano Staff Writer The district meet a few weeks ago qualified both the varsity boys and girls cross country teams for the regional meet. On Nov. 2, both teams traveled to San Antonio to compete in the Region IV Championships at the National Shooting Center. The girls were able to finish ninth out of 24 schools with 252 points on a two-mile course with Natalie Cortez leading the way for her team taking third place with a time of 11:45. This was enough to qualify her individually for the state meet. Cortez is the first girl to qualify for state for 3A Lytle Cross Country. Vanessa Estrada placed 42nd at 12:45, Cierra Cuenca 73rd with 13:08, Leala Marquez finished in 13:16 taking 81st place, Angelica Cuenca came in 96th with a time of 12:26 and Bethania Botello finished 148 out of 170 runners with a time of 14:31. “I was very proud of [the girls] effort all year and all their hard work paid off on Saturday,” said Head Coach Gilbert Ruiz. With a slow start and a strong finish the boys were able to capture second place as a team for

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For the first time, Lytle will be sending a female runner to the state meet and will return the boys team for the second year in a row. (Courtesy photo) the third time in five years and the second year in a row. The Pirates finished with 102 points behind Giddings who came in with 83 points. The 5K run had Jethro Stokes in eighth place and the first for his team with a time of 15:58, which also qualified him as an individual competitor for state. Alex Herrera ran a personal best to finish 12th and garner All-Regional honors with 16:12. Elijah Marquez came in 16th at 16:19, Landon Vasquez finished 36th with 16:54, Jacob Ivie was

43rd at 17:00 even, Gabino Olalde grabbed 70th just 31 seconds following Ivie, and Misael Angeles finished 96 out of 184 runners with 17:57. Cortez and the varsity boy’s team will hit the road to Round Rock on Nov. 9 for the state meet. Stokes and Cortez will both represent Lytle as individual state qualifiers. “It will be their hardest test of the year and we hope that we can be at our best on Saturday,” Ruiz said.

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