Seguin senior Brian Cash hauled in his fifth and sixth touchdown receptions of the season in Friday's loss to Boerne-Champion. Photo by Andie Rangel.
(Boerne) - Seguin High School football finished with a 2-8 overall record and a 1-6 District 26-5A mark for the second straight season after dropping the final game of the 2017 schedule to Boerne-Champion 49-14 Friday night at Boerne ISD Stadium.
Anthony Gonzalez delivered an 18-yard touchdown pass over a defender's shoulder and into the hands of Brian Cash on a third-and-goal play with 7:43 left in the first quarter to pull the Mats within eight points, 14-6, but Champion's Austin Jones returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, the Chargers led 36-6 by halftime, and the margin was 43-6 going into the fourth quarter.
The win placed Champion (5-5, 4-3) in a three-way tie for third place with Alamo Heights and Medina Valley, but with the positive points tiebreaker, Champion and Medina Valley are the two teams headed for the UIL playoffs.
Seguin head coach Travis Bush says Champion exemplifies the finished product Seguin's program hopes to become in the future.
"We just played a championship calibre team, and they're a three-four round deep playoff team, our district champion last year - that's years of culture right there of winning, which obviously is a good model of where we'd like to be in the future," Bush said. "You can see our guys fighting together, and we've still got a lot of things to work on. We've still a ways to go before we're the caliber of team we saw across the sideline."
Seguin's final touchdown was a 30-yard pass from Gonzalez to Cash with 7:14 left in the game to cap an 11-play, 80-yard drive, and the duo hooked up on a two-point conversion pass immediately afterwards.
The Seguin defense did little to stop Champion quarterback Davis Brinn, who threw touchdown passes of 39 and 40 yards to Konner Beavers, and 54 yards to Jones.
Friday marked the final varsity football game for 18 Seguin seniors, including offensive starters Cash, Clarence Tibbs, Michael Mickles, Isaac Gonzalez, Harley Ullrich, Chris Zuniga, and Aaron Ward, defensive starters Garrett Luensmann, Brandon Palomares, Keane Davis, and Jaevon Clemons, and kicker/ punter Daniel Salamanca.
Palomares, who moved from running-back to the defensive secondary at the beginning of district play after rushing for 1,007 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2016, coralled an interception and forced the fumble that led to Seguin's first touchdown in his final game as a Matador.
Though Seguin's composite record is 4-16 in Bush's first two seasons as head coach, he believes the program is moving in the right direction, and that this year's seniors have set a strong example for the younger players.
"It's a process, it's going to take awhile, and they know that, and everyone knows that," the coach said. "The things that are changing, the things that are starting to turn around in this program, you're not seeing on the scoreboard right now, and that's what a lot of people on the outside don't understand, but these seniors know what they've started, that they've helped get this thing turned around, so we're very appreciative for everything they've done."
The Matadors finished the year with six straight losses after opening district play with a 31-27 win over Lockhart.