Hunter Taylor

OLH quarterback Hunter Taylor eludes a Victoria defender to pass down field.

Reaching the playoffs has been the goal for the Hawks all season, and with a 52-2 win over the Victoria Faith Cougars, they accomplished that goal.

Tonight’s win was different. The Our Lady of the Hills team excelled defensively, fed off the energy of their last home game, and they overall felt united as a team.

“I couldn’t ask for anything better,” said senior quarterback Hunter Taylor, “especially a shutout on defense.”

With nearly eight tackles and 11 interceptions, Triston Schubert lead the team defensively with powerful stops and big plays.

In addition to Schubert’s extraordinary efforts, Brian Casillas contributed an additional four tackles, nine interceptions and two touchdowns. 

“This is one of the best games that what we actually prepared for and then executed from start to finish,” said coach Chris Ramirez of the increased emphasis on defense. 

On offense, James Ibarra and Taylor lead the team, both contributing two touchdowns to the mercy-ruled game. Taylor completed the game with 118 passing yards, seven passes and two touchdowns. 

The outcome of the game did not come solely from the perfect execution on the field. The boys felt empowered by each other and the support from the crowd. 

“I feel like tonight we all grew together as a family, because we were playing not just for ourselves, but also for each other and for the greater glory of God,” Ramirez said.

Next week, the Hawks conclude their regular season in Waco against Living Rock. 

The team is looking to win and be placed in a preferable spot in the postseason bracket.

“It is important that we play our best football next week and keep kicking it from there,” Ramirez said.

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