Facing the second-ranked team in TAPPS 3A football ruffled the Hawks’ feathers Friday night. They knew New Braunfels was going to be competitive, and without key players, advancing against the Wildcats wouldn’t be easy.
The Hawks struggled on defense. Without key players Hunter Taylor, Triston Shubert and Luke Martinez, the team seemed to have some difficulty gaining focus and performing developed plays during the Hawks’ 67-22 loss to NB Christian. With 87 yards, a touchdown and four extra points, senior Mason Sirianni helped to refocus the team.
“As a team, we need to do a better job,” Sirianni expressed.
Before an injury in the second quarter, James Ibarra contributed the first touchdown to reciprocate the Wildcats’ lead early in the first. Despite defensive efforts from Sirianni, Cody Davis and Brian Castilla, New Braunfels was able to rack up a 39-point lead over OLH by the end of the first half, making the score 61-22.
The Wildcats promptly scored the additional touchdown needed to mercy-rule the Hawks in the third quarter.
Looking on to next week’s game against reigning state champions Bulverde Bracken, Coach Ramirez has high hopes for the team, particularly Schubert and Taylor as they return from injuries.
“Hunter will be back to 100 percent by next week. Schubert should be ready to play. We are looking to see all three of our seniors back to 100.
“We need to do a better job of studying our film. We need to do a better job of translating film to the practice field,” said Coach Chris Ramirez.