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HIDALGO – Sharyland Pioneer sophomore quarterback Alec García scored twice, including a 95-yard TD run from scrimmage, to lead the Diamondbacks to a 21—10 inaugural season-opening victory over Hidalgo on Friday at Bill Pate Stadium.
“It’s exciting, it’s a starting point. I felt that we matched up pretty well,” said Pioneer first-year head coach Jason Wheeler. “We got some things we’ve got to correct, but anytime you get a win and you’re a young program, it’s huge on confidence and you can almost tighten up a bit more now. When you get a tough loss, it’s harder to get after them so much and we’re going to learn from this.”
“We got a lot of work to do, but I saw some things,” he added. “We stood up defensively a lot there and kept them out of the end zone real well. Alec García, our speed guy, we put him back there at quarterback and he really gave us a spark there in the first half, and that really helped.”
After falling behind 3-0 on a Hidalgo (0-1) field goal with 4:44 remaining in the second quarter, Pioneer (1-0) found itself on its own 5-yard line right before intermission. García found an opening and shot through a few holes until he found daylight and ran 95 yards to score the first TD in the Diamondbacks history and give them a 7-3 lead.
In the fourth quarter García found himself in trouble and just as it seemed he was in the clutches of the aggressive Pirates defense, he found and opening and poured on the speed. The Pioneer QB scampered 48 yards to give the Diamondbacks a 14-3 lead with 8:56 remaining in the game.
“It’s awesome, it feels great to score the first two touchdowns in Pioneer history,” García said. “I didn’t think I was going to score, but I have to give thanks to my linemen. They did awesome. The defense stopped them for us.”
On the next series, a Pioneer interception set up the Diamondbacks third and final TD of the game when García found receiver Marcos open for a 22-yard strike with 6:23 left.
Hidalgo cut the Pioneer lead to 21-10 on an interception that Francisco García returned for a TD with 2:44 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Diamondbacks will debut in their home opener against Brownsville Pace on Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Richard Thompson Stadium.
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