By Louie Vera
It would be a battle of the ground attack.
Hanna and Porter’s offense are all about the run and it was a test to see which defense would step up to the plate.
After a sluggish start, the Golden Eagles scored 35 consecutive points unanswered led by 188 yards and three touchdowns from running back Johnathan Gonzalez to lasso the Cowboys 35-13 Saturday night at Sams Stadium.
For first-year Hanna head coach Mark Guess, leading a football team to victory and achieving it is a feeling that never gets old.
“It’s awesome man,” Guess said. “I forgot that feeling and we will take every one we can get.”
Leading the way for Hanna on the ground was Jaime Gonzalez who scored on touchdown runs of 9, 4 and 18 yards. The senior running back finished with a game-high 188 yards on 17 carries.
“That guy is an incredible running back,” Guess said. “He creates things that some guys just can’t do. He did a great job and we didn’t turn it over on offense and finished the game and that’s what matters.”
Porter was the first on the scoreboard with a gritty 14-play 69-yard drive capped off a nine-yard Johnathan Gonzalez scoring run.
The Eagles would score two possessions later to tie the game at 7-7 and preserved the tie when Linebacker Michael Ortega blocked a 37-yard field goal just as the half ended.
Hanna came out strong in the second half scoring in on their first three possessions with two runs by Gonzalez and a touchdown reception from Joe Cavazos that gave the Golden Eagles a 28-7 lead late in the fourth quarter.
After giving up the long touchdown drive on the opening possession the Eagles defense was swarming and led by a tough run defense and two interceptions by Luis Lopez who took the second one back 45 yards to pay dirt.
Porter tacked on late touchdown but this is the second week the a row the Cowboys faded against a 6A team in the second half, which despite the loss coach Tom Campos is hoping these non-district tests pay dividend in the regular season.
“We scheduled a heck of a preseason with three 6A’s in a row and it’s good for us,” he said. “I’m proud of us for fighting the way we did. We can to play four quarters of football the way we can and we’ll be fine.”