EARLY – The Early Longhorns finished the season on the wrong side of the coin Friday night after falling to the outright District 3-3A Division I champion Wall Hawks, 47-6.
The Longhorns started the 2018 campaign strong, winning four of their first five non-district games, but struggled the remainder of their schedule. Early finished this season 0-5 in district play and 4-6 overall.
Wall (7-2, 5-0) came into the game with a perfect district record, and behind a 406-yard rushing performance, proved to be too much for the Longhorns, who were seeking their first district win.
The first few minutes of the game saw Early unable to gain much positive yardage or capitalize on a Wall fumble, one of the Hawks’ few mistakes of the game.
Chase Rios, Wall’s leading rusher, struck first with a 38-yard rush for the first score of the game. The extra point was no good. Kicking extra points were an issue for Wall throughout the game.
On Wall’s next possession, Rios scored once again and with a successful 2-point conversion, took a 14-0 lead.
A 21-point second quarter created an even bigger gap. Rios scored on a 13-yard scamper. An unsuccessful two-point conversion was covered when the Hawks, on the next Early possession, dropped Longhorn quarterback Ryan Trompler behind the line for a safety. Another long run by the Hawks led them to a 29-0 lead. Wall extended that lead to 35-0 after a quick offensive drive.
During Early’s one scoring drive of the game, Trompler, who completed 18 of 39 passes for 173 yards, connected with junior Timmy Smithson on a 55-yard bomb to light up the scoreboard.
Although they slowed down in the second half, the Hawks managed to score 12 more points to walk away with the win and the outright district title.
Wall finished the game with 437 total yards, including 402 on the ground.
The Longhorns finished with 191 total yards, 18 on the ground and 173 in the air. Smithson was the leading receiver with eight catches for 99 yards and that second quarter score, followed by Jonathan Morales with 29, Cale Wade with 18 and Ty Schafer with 14.