Minatare comes back to beat Hyannis; secures playoff game
     2014-10-30      By Roger Holsinger   
Photo by Roger Holsinger Photography - Minatare’s Yovan Perez (20) knocks down Hyannis defender Austin Anthony on his way to the end zone during football action last Friday night in Minatare. Also pictured is Minatare’s Joshua Cinocco (22). The Indians qualified for the state 6-man play-offs with the 54-46 win. 
MINATARE – After a lackluster performance in the first half and trailing by 10 points, the Minatare Indians came out strong and determined in the second half to wrangle the Hyannis Longhorns, 54-46 here Oct. 24.

With the win, Minatare secures a first round game in the 6-man playoffs and will play tomorrow against a familiar foe – Hyannis. However, this time the Indians will travel to the Longhorn’s home field.

Minatare Head Coach JJ Ozuna said he was very proud of his team for coming back and never giving up.

“You did a great job,” Ozuna told his squad after the game. “Like we’ve been telling you all season, you can accomplish anything when we play as a team and you played like a heck of a team tonight.”

He described the game as a “shoot-out” and said the difference in the game was that Minatare was able to control its turnovers and prevented Hyannis from making the big plays.

Ozuna’s team looked like a different squad the second half and he said that when they went to the locker-room trailing, 22-12, he heard “a lot of bickering” from his players. “I told them that we needed to stop that and that everyone had their own responsibilities and that is what they needed to worry about, not someone else’s job.”

That seemed to be what the Indians needed to hear as Yovan Perez took the ball 65 yards on the first play of the third quarter and scored to cut the Longhorn lead to two points.

However, Hyannis’ Gabe Haney answered right back with a touchdown run to extend the Longhorn lead to eight. On its next series Perez connected with Juan Garfio for a 40-yard score and Minatare tied the game at 28 with 5:20 left in the third quarter.

Minatare pushed Hyannis back to its own three, but Haney broke tackles and scampered 45 yards to give the Longhorns at 34-28 lead.
Starting from its own 15, Minatare made another scoring as Josh Cinocco took it to the Hyannis 23 and then Tyler Koke connected with Javier Guerrero for a 23-yard score and the game was tied at 34 to end the third quarter.

Emmett Hoover scored from 18 yard out and Hyannis took a six point lead after a failed point after. Minatare took its first lead of the game during the next series as Perez heaved a pass to the end zone and Garfio somehow came up with the ball and scored. Perez ran in the extra point and Minatare lead, 41-40, with 7:25 remaining in the game.

Garfio came up big the next series as well, this time on defense, as he intercepted his second pass on the night and Minatare took over deep in Hyannis territory. Perez then found Javier Guerrero in the end zone and after the PAT run by Josh Cinocco, Minatare had a 48-40 lead with seven minutes left in the game.

But Hyannis was not done as Dalton Powell caught an Austin Anthony pass to the Minatare nine and then Haney took it in for the score. But the point after failed and Minatare kept a two-point lead.
Minatare extended its lead with Perez scoring again from 25 yard out. However, prior to the score Hyannis’ Haney was ejected from the game for a late hit on Tyler Koke. The ejection means Haney won’t be eligible to play in Friday’s playoff contest.

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