Andress Downs Austin in Their 2-5A Opener
Andress continued their dominance over Austin in their 2-5A opener at Allan Sepkowitz Stadium on Friday night. In what was a sloppy, turn over filled defensive battle, the Eagles pulled away in the fourth quarter for the 30-12 victory. The game began with consecutive turnovers by Andress with an interception and a fumbled punt, but the Panthers could not capitalize on the Eagles' early blunders.
Andress struck first with 4:34 to go in the first quarter as Austin QB Cesar Mireles threw an interception that was taken to the house by Eagles' OLB Dominic Hernandez for the pick 6. An Austin safety with 5:57 left in the first half made it a 9-0 score in favor of Andress. The Panthers finally got on the board themselves late in the first half when Andress fumbled their second punt at the 2:02 mark of the second quarter. The next play, Panthers' QB Mireles called his own number for a 2-yard score to make it a 9-6 game.
Andress took a 16-6 lead into the locker room after a late score to conclude the first half that included four combined turnovers by both squads. Austin cut it to a 16-12 game with an 11 yard touchdown run by Ethan Villa at the 5:05 mark of the third quarter. Andress would then score as time expired in the quarter when Maro Barron returned a punt 67 yards to put the Eagles up 23-12. A late touchdown by Andress' WR Jeremiah Cooper put the exclamation point on the contest and secure the victory.
With the win Andress improved to 3-2, 1-0 in District 2-5A and will play at Burges in our YMCA game of the week next Friday. Austin moves to 3-2, 0-1 in District 2-5A with the loss, and will host Jefferson next Friday.