In its 29-game regular-season winning streak, La Vega hasn’t had many more dominant performances than it put on Friday night.
Cameron Henry ran for 116 yards and three touchdowns, John Richards had a team-high 146 yards and two scores, and the Pirates cruised to a 53-7 homecoming victory over Mexia at Pirate Field.
La Vega (4-0) scored on each of its first five possessions while shutting Mexia down to a three-and-out on four of its first five tries with the ball and forced a turnover on the other.
“I was pleased with the offense tonight because we finally started executing,” La Vega coach Willie Williams said. “I was impressed with that. The defense has been playing well all season, and they’re going to continue to get better.”
Jamal Williams added balance to the Pirate offense, which totaled 622 yards, with a 166-yard night through the air. He was intercepted once, the first stop the Mexia defense managed.
By that time, however, La Vega had a 33-0 lead and will go on the road trying to cap a perfect nondistrict slate when it goes on a short road trip to Connally. The Cadets broke into the win column Friday night, 20-14 over Franklin.
“The passing game has been a concern of ours, and we started to execute on it tonight,” Williams said. “When we begin to do that consistently, we’re going to be a dangerous team.”
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Henry and the Pirates, who had been plagued by slow starts in two of their first three games this season, got going immediately with a 29-yard touchdown run with 6:01 to go in the first quarter.
Mexia (1-3) picked up a first down on its next drive but was unable to sustain it thanks to Tyquavius Goode coming off the edge and hitting Jadrian Smith in the backfield. The ball squirted loose, and Chris Judie jumped on it for La Vega at the Mexia 35.
That set up a two-play drive, finished off by Kemoche Hobbs’ 13-yard sprint to the end zone to make it a 14-0 game with 42 seconds left in the opening 12 minutes.
The Pirates added three more scores in the second quarter. That began with Williams taking a quarterback sweep around the right side from 10 yards out, Hobbs struck on a 10-yard run of his own and Richards got into the end zone for the first time from 33 yards away.
About the only negative from La Vega in the first half came when Williams was intercepted by Jaden Proctor at the Mexia 5 with 36 seconds left before halftime.
The Pirates got the ball to open the second half and continued to pour it on.
It was an eight-play, 67-yard march that was capped by a 9-yard score from Henry before Mexia finally made some noise offensively.
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The Blackcats overcame two holding penalties with the help of a pass interference and holding call against La Vega, and Smith scooted up the middle out of the wildcat for a 10-yard score. That was the icing on an 11-play, 82-yard march that took nearly half of the third quarter.
That was all the scoring Mexia got, as its final march that lasted 16 plays and moved 71 yards, but was stalled after a Josh Beachum touchdown run was called back on a holding penalty.
Before that last Blackcat trip down the field, the Pirates put one more TD on the board, thanks to a 26-yard Richards run down the left sideline in which he had to tiptoe the final 10.
Smith was Mexia’s top offensive performer with 82 yards on 20 carries, and Travion Carter was 11-for 19 for 71 yards passing. He was intercepted by Donta Stuard, the fifth of the season for La Vega’s standout safety.
“We had a heck of a week of practice,” Williams said. “When you practice good, you play good. Hopefully the guys have bought itnto that, and we’ll practice that way again this week.”