Walnut Springs forces Leuders-Avoca to tap-out in season opener

Travis M. Smith | @travis5mith tsmith@theglenrosereporter.com
Walnut Springs forces Leuders-Avoca to tap-out in season opener

HICO – (1-0) Walnut Springs opened its football season with a 48-0 mercy-rule shellacking of (0-1) Lueders-Avoca in the Hico Six-Man Super Saturday event last weekend.

Carlos Ramirez scored four touchdowns on the day, including a 70-yard return of the game’s opening kick-off. He also accounted for a team-high 50 yards rushing, and his nine tackles finished second to Noel Chavez’s team-high 11.

Chavez also completed six of his 10 pass attempts for 97 yards and a touchdown – a 12-yard strike to Ramirez. Six different receivers hauled in a pass from one of three quarterbacks. Christian Granados (2-44) led the way in the yards department, while Ramirez (2-26), Ciro Chavez (2-23), N. Chavez (1-20), Colby Townley (1-17), and Miguel Ponce (1-10) all contributed.

Aside from Ramirez’s four scores, Alex Villarreal and C. Chavez each added a rushing touchdown of two and four yards, respectively. Christian Garcia was a perfect five-for-five on point after touchdown attempts, and Ramirez recorded a first quarter safety to give him a team-high 26 points.

Less than 15 minutes into the game, Ramirez had already accounted for a 70-yard kick return, a tackle for a safety, and touchdown runs of 10 and two yards. C. Chavez got in on the scoring action with a two-yard run with 4:05 to play before the half.

With just under five minutes to play in the third quarter, N. Chavez spun a beauty to Ramirez for a 12-yard catch-and-score. Villarreal put the nail in the coffin with his four-yard touchdown run with 1:24 to play in the third quarter.

The Hornets will host the (1-0) Eagles of Avalon on Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in their first home game of the season. Avalon is coming off of a 94-44 win over Ovilla Christian.