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Lanier’s ground game flattens Jefferson

35-14 victory makes Voks only undefeated team in 28-5A play

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Tom Reel / San Antonio Express-News Voks running back Christian Cervantes blasts through Joshua Ruiz

(94) and Ian Garcia (40) for some first-half yards as Lanier defeated Jefferson at Alamo Stadium on Sept. 29.

District 28-5A play has offered a reset chance for Lanier, and the Voks are taking advantage.

Lanier rode some tough defense and an effective ground game to a 35-14 victory against Jefferson Sept. 29 at Alamo Stadium.

After going 0-2 in nondistrict play, the Voks are 3-0 in 28-5A.

“I’m excited about it,” said Lanier coach Don Gatian, whose team was outscored by a combined 68-21 in losses to Holy Cross and Pleasanton in nondistrict play. “After our two nondistrict games, we didn’t look too good. With district right now, we have kind of turned it up a notch. I’m pleased with the way we are playing.”

The Voks, who went 1-9 a season ago, is the only undefeated tema in 28-5A.

“Having a good season this year feels really great,” Lanier sophomore running back Christian Cervantes said. “We are a lot more confident. Our guys stepped it up in this big game.”

Cervantes rushed 21 times for 174 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught an 18-yard pass that went for a score. He led an offense that piled up 336 yards and 16 first downs.

“He’s something else,” Gatian said of Cervantes. “He’s a water bug out there. He’s quick and does a great job.”

Cervantes scored on runs of 5 and 12 yards that helped give the Voks a 14-7 halftime lead.

After Lanier’s J.D. Boone gave the Voks a 21-7 lead midway through the third quarter, Jefferson (2-4, 2-2) stayed in range when Da Juan Cooper hauled in a 57-yard TD pass at the 4:21 mark.

From there, though, Lanier shut things down. Cervantes capped a 57-yard drive with an 18-yard TD catch on the first play of the fourth quarter. Phoenix Perez scored from a yard out midway through the fourth to complete the scoring.

Lanier’s Steve Torres thwarted Jefferson’s chance to tack on a late score when he returned an interception 88 yards from the goal line with less than two minutes remaining.

The Voks yielded 223 total yards and nine first downs. They also recorded two sacks.

“Our defense stepped it up a lot,” Cervantes said. “Props to them and our O-line for getting those big holes.” dhinojosa@express-news.net Twitter: @hinojosa_david

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