The Santa Fe Indians routed the Galena Park Yellowjackets, 55-14, in a District 23-5A matchup at Galena Park ISD Stadium on Friday.
These two teams came into this game coming off losses last week. The Indians fell to Ball High, while the Yellowjackets lost to Texas City.
“We didn’t make the mental mistakes this week,” said Santa Fe’s head coach Mark Kanipes. “We tried to take away Jalen Davis in this game, he concerned us this week. We kept a body on him. We had a breakdown on their last possession of the second quarter and their first possession of the third quarter, but other than that I was proud of them.”
The Indians marched downfield using their air attack with Nathan Kruger. The connection of Austin Lamb and Kruger worked three different times on the drive, including a 30-yard touchdown pass down the right side of the field.
On the Indians’ second possession, they stayed balanced on offense with the run and the pass. The Indians’ scoring drive went 70 yards and took eight plays. Tristan Cundiff punched the ball into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown
On the Indians’ next possession, Kruger fumbled the snap and it was recovered by the Yellowjackets. On the very next play, the Yellowjackets fumbled themselves and the Indians recovered at the Yellowjackets’ 32-yard line. Two plays later, Lamb took the ball on a reverse for a 32-yard touchdown.
On the Yellowjackets’ next offensive possession, Alec Gonzalez was intercepted by the Indians’ Tyler Martin. He returned it 17 yards to the Yellowjackets’ 43-yard line.
The Indians’ offense capitalized on the turnover. The Indians’ offense did get in some trouble on the drive. The Indians went for it on fourth down, which was converted for a 13-yard pass to Cayge Abbott. Kruger connected with Josh Blankenship three plays later for a 9-yard touchdown.
The Indians’ offense went back to their bread and butter of the Kruger-to-Lamb connection. They connected three times on the drive. Lamb caught a 17-yard reception to begin the drive. Nicholas McDonald found the end zone on a 5-yard run.
The Yellowjackets scored their first points of the game with four seconds left in the second quarter. Alec Gonzalez connected with Julian Macias for a 6-yard touchdown.
The Indians’ special teams did not want the Yellowjackets to be last to score before halftime. Lamb took the ball 69 yards on the kickoff to the end zone for his third touchdown of the first half.
The Yellowjackets’ offense scored on their first drive on the second half. Marlon McDaniel ran into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown.
The Indians scored their first points of the second half in the fourth quarter. The Kruger-to-Lamb connection was once again successful. Lamb beat his man downfield and Kruger put the ball in the right spot for a 20-yard touchdown.
The Indians added to their lead on their next drive. Cundiff found the end zone for his second time of the night, this one was from 1 yard out.
The Indians’ defense got their second interception of the night on Gonzalez. This interception was by Ethan Sonnier at the Yellowjackets’ 44-yard line.
The Indians decided to pull Kruger on their next series due to the score. Connor Dunham replaced Kruger at quarterback.
The Indians’ Lamb had an outstanding game. He finished with four touchdowns: two receiving, one rushing and one on a kickoff return.
“Austin has had a really good year, he’s a hard worker,” said Kanipes. “Last year, he played a little bit of offense and defense for us, he’s a great athlete.”
The Indians’ defense came to play, forcing three turnovers in the game. This was a key win for the Indians if they wanted to keep their playoff hopes alive.