AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Edison, Harlandale.
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A football play said to have its roots in the 1930s or 1940s is experiencing a re-birth in District 28-5A this year.
The hook-and-ladder play had a key role in Highlands’ victory over Edison Sept. 18. Oct. 2, Harlandale (3-3, 3-1) employed it to score the game-winning touchdown in a 14-10 decision over the Golden Bears (2-3, 1-2) at Harlandale Memorial Stadium.
“We ran the hook-and-ladder play to Rene Palomino,” Harlandale coach Isaac Martinez said. “He lateralled the ball back to Christian Villarreal and Christian did a nice job taking it down the sideline.”
The play covered 76 yards with 2:14 remaining and Edison leading 10-7 following a 39-yard field goal from Joseph Delgado earlier in the quarter. The play initiated with a nine-yard pass from Jacob Delgado to Palomino.
“It’s just one of those deals where you set it up on the sideline and hope you can execute it,” Martinez said. “We had not worked on it during the week.
“Edison had a nice punt and pushed us back to our 24. We had two timeouts left, but we used one of them setting it up.”
The Golden Bears manufactured a drive to the Harlandale red zone in response. Edison reached the 11-yard line with three seconds remaining but a pass intended for the end zone fell short as time expired.
“All night long our defense played so well,” Martinez said. “I felt like we were going to make a big stop.”
In the defense-dominated contest, Harlandale finished with 260 total yards and Edison had 205. The game was scoreless at halftime.
Edison scored the game’s first touchdown on a 67-yard interception return by Raymond Roshto with 7:32 remaining in the third quarter. Harlandale tied it 7-7 with 8:45 remaining when Delgado (10 of 18, 122 yards) connected with Noah Avina (62 yards, 4 receptions).
“Jacob made a nice throw off a pass play we called,” Martinez said. “They put a little pressure on us, and Jacob bounced off and threw the ball downfield to Noah Avina.”
Villarreal finished with 111 yards on 15 rushing attempts. Edison quarterback Danny Cadena completed six of 12 passes for 65 yards. Joe Nava gained 42 yards on four receptions.
The victory put Harlandale in third place in 28-5A behind undefeated Sam Houston (6-0, 4-0) and Highlands (4-1, 3-0). The Golden Bears finished the week in sixth place.
“It was a huge win going into our open week,” Martinez said. “Now we’re 3-1 versus 2-2. We played well enough to win against Highlands. We just made a lot of mistakes like offsides and a couple of other penalties that hurt us.
“But when you play defense the way we play defense, being 3-1, that’s a plus. We’re happy with where we’re at, but we most definitely need to improve in the second half of the season.”
The Indians return nine starters on defense from last season. The win avenged a 31-21 loss to Edison last year.
The Golden Bears were scheduled to play winless Lanier Friday, Oct. 9 in a 7:30 p.m. game at the SAISD Complex.
“Edison has been playing well the past couple of years we’ve faced them,” Martinez said. “We knew they could put points on the board. The key was our defensive unit played well all night long. They had the pick-six when their defender jumped a little stop(-and-go) route. So, we just allowed three points on defense all night long.”
Harlandale will need to work on improving its running game as the season progresses.
“Offensively, we have to do a better job of taking advantage of situations,” Martinez said. “We don’t need to score 35-40 points. We just need more points than they get.”