Estacado coach Marcus Shavers felt like he was coaching two teams Thursday in a 42-0 win against Clint Mountain View at PlainsCapital Park’s Lowrey Field.
There was the dominant defense and a lackadaisical offense. Fortunately for the Matadors, the offense kicked it into high gear in the second half and opened up what had been just a 14-0 lead at halftime with 21 third-quarter points. Estacado got a complimenting defensive touchdown to initiate a running clock in the fourth quarter.
Shavers’ team closed non-district on a six-game winning streak, but he was not happy.
“We weren’t playing very great,” he said, targeting his offense. “It was very, very frustrating. We weren’t playing great football, and that’s got to get corrected. We’re not going to win a district game if we come out with that type of performance in our district.”
Estacado (6-1) forced nine punts and got a turnover in the win. Arguably more impressive in writing, it held the Lobos offense to zero first downs between the 8:30 mark of the first quarter and the first play of the fourth quarter. Mountain View (2-4) only got three first downs the entire game. Two were against the backups.
“We were stabilizing the line of scrimmage with our defensive line and attacking it well,” Shavers said.
The defense had the Lobos where it wanted, but the complimenting offense — though without key running back Kemadrick Williams and leading receiver Ashton Williams due to injuries — squandered chance after chance to put Mountain View out of its misery in the first half. The Lobos punted six times through the first 24 minutes yet went back to the locker room down a manageable two possessions.
Estacado committed three turnovers in the first two quarters, jumping from four turnovers to seven on the season. The offensive unit also turned the ball over on downs with 12 seconds remaining in the half on its fourth consecutive incomplete pass from the Mountain View 33.
Shavers’ squad did manage to convert two of seven first-half drives, however. Jalen Turner’s 2-yard catch from Bo Sims on third-and-goal the first play of the second quarter held up as the game-winning score and running back Jermiah Dobbins got in from 10 yards later in the quarter.
In the third quarter, Estacado’s offense matched the defensive tempo. It took just six plays to find the end zone with Sims finding Donald Young from 21 yards out. Sims later threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Young and a 28-yard score to Turner.
Dre Conwright closed scoring with a 65-yard punt return ahead of the fourth quarter.
It wasn’t enough for Shavers with district play finally here.
“I think it’s an effort issue,” he said. “Our offensive line just kind of came out and went through the motions. They didn’t light it up. That’s a big issue. When our offensive line plays well, our offense plays well. We didn’t play well up front tonight and we have to take full responsibility and get better going forward.”