New Braunfels downs Seguin, 42-12

Behind a solid defense, opportunistic special team, and big plays from the offense, New Braunfels beats Seguin for the first time since 2003.

NEW BRAUNFELS – It was a feeling that not many senior classes at New Braunfels High have had to feel.

The Unicorns football seniors entered Friday Night's Guadalupe Bowl having never beaten rival Seguin as the Matadors entered this near century-long affair having won three in a row.

After Friday night however, the Unicorns seniors can rid themselves of that missing feeling.

Quarterback Ryan Perez accounted for 264 yards of total offense and four touchdowns as the Unicorns rolled to a 42-12 victory before a packed house at Unicorn Stadium.

New Braunfels (2-0) entered the game ranked No. 5 TPI's Central Texas Class 4A rankings and No. 17 in the Class 4A Statewide poll and looked the part getting timely big plays, capitalizing on the Matadors (0-2) mistakes, and putting together a solid defensive effort.

Seguin however looked impressive on their first drive, a six play 72 yard march that ended on 4th-and-2 at the Unicorn seven yard line when Kevin Smith executed a picturesque naked boot and hit Greg Escobedo for a short touchdown giving the Mats an early 6-0 lead.

But that is as close to the lead as Seguin would get the rest of the night.

The complexion of the game turned when Justin Garcia weaved his way down the Seguin sideline and set the Unicorn offense up inside the Matador one-yard line after a beautiful 50-yard punt return. One play later it was Perez who knotted the game at 6-6 with a one-yard plunge.

It was that kind of night for Seguin as the Unicorns next scoring drive was set up when Smith bobbled a snap and netted a minus-2 yard punt giving the Unicorns the ball at the Seguin 18. A pass interference call against Seguin on the next play set up Perez for his second score of the night and staked New Braunfels to a 13-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

After the Unicorn defense forced Seguin to go 3-and-out on their next series, Perez finished off a six play, 70-yard drive with an electrifying 32-yard touchdown scamper that put the Unicorns out in front 20-6 with nine minutes remaining until halftime.

The New Braunfels defense was solid for the whole game and came up big when they had too as they allowed 234 yard on the Matadors 62 offensive snaps and forced two turnovers which led to late touchdowns, including Tom Wort's 22-yard interception return for a touchdown with 22 second left in the game.

The Matadors threatened once more to take control of the game when Smith fired a quick pass to Issac Camacho that turned into a 30-yard touchdown to put the Mats down 20-12 with 5:34 left in the third quarter.

But Perez, TPI's choice as the District 26-4A player of the week for Week 0, put the nail in the coffin on the Unicorns ensuing possession when he found Greg Laird on a crossing route and Laird did the rest rumbling 74-yards for a touchdown and a 27-12 New Braunfels lead.

In a losing effort, Smith was solid as the 6-foot-5-inch gunslinger withstood intense pressure all night long and was the victim of several dropped passes and was 13-for-31 for 110 yard and two touchdowns and also led the Matadors on the ground with 55 yards on nine carries.

The Unicorns will look to move to 3-0 in Week 2 as they face Beeville Jones while Seguin will try to get their first win of the season next Saturday against Beaumont Ozen.


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