Last Friday night, La Serna sent a message to the Del Rio League with a
stunning 28-23 victory over Santa Fe.
Thursday night, Pioneer sent another message to the league, and this
time La Serna was the victim as the upstart Titans upset the the Lancers, 34-17.
Pioneer quarterback Steven Del Villar sparkled with 285 yards and a
touchdown on 24 for 37 passing. The Titans (3-4, 1-1) ran just enough (16-92-1TD) to keep the
Lancers honest, and the defense rose to the occasion, returning two
fumbles for touchdowns, and, after leading, 27-17 at halftime, holding
the Lancers to 31 yards on 12 carries in the second half.
La Serna (2-5, 1-1) finished with 129 yards rushing, Oscar Medina (7-36) and Richard Alvarez (11-56) sharing the load. The Lancers’ scoring came from Craig Jones 4-yard run on La Serna’s first possession, Teren Guerra’s 37-yard field goal and quarterback Andrew Buenrostro’s 1-yard sneak that gained a 17-17 tie late in the second quarter. Guerra also had two extra points kicks.
Pioneer’s scoring: Tony Bolanos’ 71-yard pass play from Del Villar (7-7), Gabriel Salazar’s 28-yard field goal (10-7), Joseph Lara’s 21-yard fumble return (17-7), Eddie Aguirre’s 6-yard run (24-17), Salazar’s 19-yard field goal 927-17) and Ruben Robles’ 51-yard fumble return. In additiion to his field goals, Salazar kicked all four extra points.
La Serna quarterback Andrew Buenrostro finished the game 0 for 8
passing, with two interceptions.