Yoakum Runs Past Goliad En Route To State Semifinals

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AUSTIN — Yoakum senior Jordan Moore’s 70-yard touchdown run on the second play of the game was a sign of things to come.

The Texas A&M commit rushed for 270 yards with two scores on 16 carries and added a 19-yard touchdown catch in just three quarters of play as the Bulldogs rolled over Goliad 40-7 Saturday in the Class 3A Div. I Region IV Final at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin.

“Jordan is a hell of a football player,” said Yoakum coach Bo Robinson. “That’s why everybody in the country wants him.”

Moore wasn’t the only Yoakum ball-carrier who had a big day. Senior Henry Enoch racked up 80 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and Moore’s twin brother, Nebraska commit Joshua, added 56 yards on four attempts as the Bulldog offensive line had its way with Goliad’s defense

“Our offensive line continues just to whip people’s butts, and that’s the big key right there,” Robinson said. “Their defensive players were getting rolled up all night and it was pretty awesome.”

Goliad lost by two to Yoakum in the regional semifinals last year and Tiger coach Bobby Nicholson thought he had a better team this time.

But the Bulldogs landed a second key punch early as Enoch scored on a four-yard plunge less than four minutes into the game that was set up by a 30-yard run from Joshua Moore and a 37-yard dash by Jordan.

Enoch rumbled for a 34-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter and Jordan Moore sprinted for an 87-yard score two drives later to make it 26-0 before Goliad could find its footing.

“I’m sure they were better than they were last year, but we’re a lot better than we were last year, too,” Robinson said. “We came out and made a statement early… I thought our kids just came and played well, took it to them from the get-go.”

Goliad junior Logan Bland rushed for 192 yards on 32 carries and had the Tigers’ only score with a 14-yard touchdown at the 3:31 mark of the second quarter. Goliad recovered a fumble on the ensuing drive and Bland broke free again for a 16-yard score that could have made things interesting, but the play was wiped out by 15-yard chop block penalty.

Goliad had to settle for a 42-yard field goal attempt, which it missed. Yoakum extended its lead to 33-7 with four seconds left in the half when Joshua Moore hauled in a 29-yard touchdown catch from junior Holden Lauer. Yoakum’s final touchdown was a Moore-to-Moore connection with Joshua finding Jordan in the end zone for a 19-yard scoring pass.

“We were obviously the most physical team out here today,” Robinson said. “It’s a little pride thing. People were questioning who the best team in the region was. We knew who it was. We just wanted everybody to find out tonight.”

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