Andy Falls, high school football, Nov 1972

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Andy Falls, high school football, Nov 1972 - Del Rio Routs Eagle Pass To Gain Winning Season...
Del Rio Routs Eagle Pass To Gain Winning Season By CARL GUYS News-Herald Staff Claude Fest, head coach of the Del Rio Rams football squad, pulled the wool over the eyes of the Eagles Friday night here. After nine consecutive games in which he employed a Veer offense, his Rams routed Eagle Pass 48-21 with the use of the I formation. C. D. Kirchner, in charge of the defensive secondary at Del Rio, aided the Eagle downfall by directing his defenders to six interceptions, a record for the Rams and also the most any team has stolen from Eagle Pass this year. In a wild and wooly confrontation, the Rams decision gave Del Rio a winning season marks with a 5-4-1 overall tab and a 3-2-1 District mark. The game was billed as a test of the Eagles' high powered offensive unit against the Rams' dandy defense and was unreeled just that way. Eagle Pass wasted no time to put the handwriting on the Scoreboard. It took Beco Maldonado and his fine receiver Jimmy Cone just 16 seconds and 71 yards to connect for the first score on the initial play from scrimmage after the opening kickoff. This passing throwing-pass receiving pair was to connect twice more before the night was over for the visitors' three touchdowns but in between times Del Rio's grand larceny and surprise Use of the I formation outdid anything th« Eagles did by a margin of 27 points. The host Rams parlayed Mario Hernandez' four option TD's with his 74 yard pass and run thriller to tight end Bernie Herrera and Keith Stone's 65 yard dash with an intercepted aerial and Jeff Burr's crisscross scamper with a kick-off return for 42 points. The Rams picked up the fringe benefit bonus marks on Stephen Quinones' blast through the middle of the Eagle line and four of four placekicks by Keith Stone. Maldonado, a strong-armed passer, went the route and showed little regard for the light drizzle which fell for most of the contest. He connected to Cone for three TD's and picked up 253 yards on 13 completions of 36 tosses but lost his lustre and the decision on Del Rio's interceptions, the Rams specialty team's production and the Queen City's surprisingly effective use of their new I offense. Maldonado and Cone brought the crowd to its feet on the first play of the game when the Eagle quarterback stepped back into the pocket and fired a bomb which Cone collected at the Del Rio 45 yard line and edged away from defender Gary Rodriguez in the final foot race to the end zone. The jubilant Eagle fans and the disappointed Del Rioans had hardly wiggled back down under their covers and rain gear when the moods changed. At the 5:07 mark in the period Mario Hernandez hit tight end Bemie Herrera with a pass from the Rams' 26 yard stripe on the visitor's 39. There Herrera outran the Eagle defenders to complete the 74 yard bomb. Stephen Quinones bulled over to give Del Rio the 8-7 edge and the fans in Orange wore non-sweetened grimaces while the home folks lit up grinning, Del Rio had more to shout about at the 3:23 mark when Keith Stone intercepted a Maldonado bomb and lugged it back 65 yards behind good blocking and then booted the PAT and a 15-7 Ram lead. Ignoring the sky-jacking threat Maldonado hung in and passed to Cone from 38 yardsout for Eagle Pass' second TD to cut the host margin to 15-13. Eleven seconds later Jeff Burr brought the folks to their feet again with an 83 yard TD return of the ensuing kickoff. The Del Rioan fumbled the misty pigskin at his 17 but fielded it on a bounce at the 20 and picked up blockers to go all the way. Stone converted and the Rams led 22-13 as the 35-point, 12-minute initial period expired. Two minutes deep into the second quarter Hernandez faked the Eagles out of their feathers and optioned in from 30 yards out and at the 5:25 mark he did it again from 26 yards out. Stone converted after the first one but a pass attempt after the second TD went awry but boosted the hosts to a 35-13 lead. Maldonado stuck to his air game and with 14 seconds remaining in the first half hit Cone for a 12-yard TD strike and then repeated for the two bonus marks to cut the host edge to 35-21, the halftime score. In the third period Andy Falls, one of Del Rio's defensive specialists, stole a Maldonado pass at the Del Rio 33 and dashed down to the Eagle 34. Hernandez hit Herrera for a 1st and goal at the Eagle 6 yard stripe and then faked to Quinones but kept and swept in standing up. Stone kicked the PAT to give the Rams their 42-21 lead. Hernandez pulled off his option once more with 8:13 left in the contest from 13 yards out for the final TD. For the night Hernandez, a junior, ginned for 120 yards on nine carries including his four touchdowns. Jerry Fay lugged the ball 14 times for 135 yards despite a leg ailment which had him in and out of his final game three times. Quinones, another junior, had 40 yards on 10 trips besides playing defensively and David Simpson, a junior had 15 yards on three totes while senior signal caller Felix Garcia, probably the game's most dependable defensive player, had 35 yards on five options. Only Ronnie Acosta, a fine running back, caused any real concern for the Del Rio defense in racking up 112 yards on 20 carries before leaving the game in the third period with a leg injury. Cone, the excellent Eagle end, also ahd to .leave before the final buzzer. The loss ended Eagle Pass' season at 5-5 in overalland 1-5 in district. Game At A Glance Del Rio Eagle Pass 16 First Downs is 44 for 267 Plays-yds. 40 for 162 2-7-100 Pass. Tab 13-36-153 6 5-3 10-90 4-33.3 367 Inter. By Fumbles-lost Penalties Punts, Avg. Total Yards 0 6-0 10-130 3-24.6 415 — . — ._._. ,,.„ ..,„>. f^wi .vu ^riu y t*«u i hst.1 inuai icau *j / QILCI »JLC^JI icr» vju rl IUI H?!> roll In TMG rr\ I Hernandez later scored four more TD's on keeper plays enrourte to the Rams' 48-21 victory over Eagle Pass. (News-Herald Photo) and kill the Boilermakers' chances for the Big Ten title. Score by Quarters: Del Rio 22 12 7 6-48 Eagle Pass 13 8 0 0-21 Scoring Record: E.P.Beco Maldonado to Jimmy Cone 71 yd. pass-PAT kick Ronnie Acosta D.R. Mario Hernandez to Bernie Herrera 74 yd. pass-PAT Steve Quinones • D.R. Keith Stone 65 yd. run (intercepted pass) - Stone kick PAT E.P. Maldonado to Cone 38 yd. pass - PAT pass try no good. D.R. Jeff Burr 83 yard run (kickoff) - PAT Stone kick D.R. Hernandez 30 yd run PAT PAT Stone kick D. R. Hernandez 26 yd run - PAT pass play N.G. E.P. Maldonado to Cone 12 yd. pass - PAT pass Maldonado to Cone. D.R. Hernandez 5 yd. run - PAT Stone kick D.R. Hernandez 13yd. run PAT PAT play N.G. Michigan Wins ANN ARBOR, Mich, (AP)Sophomore (AP)Sophomore Mike Lantry, who earlier missed a key extra point, kicked a 30-yard field — goal with 1:04 remaining Satur- TD TOSS-Mano Hernandez (12) pulls the trigger on his 74 yard TD pass and run play to end day to give third-ranked and Bernie Herrera. The first period play put Del Rio ahead 8-7 after Stephen Quinones ran in the PAT undefeated Michigan a tense 9-6

Clipped from Del Rio News Herald19 Nov 1972, SunPage 9

Del Rio News Herald (Del Rio, Texas)19 Nov 1972, SunPage 9
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