Article originally appeared in the Nov. 7 edition of the Austin American-Statesman
The Raiders (7-3, 6-1 26-5A) wrapped up their most successful season in more than a decade with a dominant 42-6 win over the Cougars (1-9, 1-6 26-5A) on Friday night.
Reagan, which had already secured the runner-up spot in 26-5A and a second straight playoff berth, now has six or more wins in a season for the first time since 2003.
Their final regular season win was accomplished in much the same way the others were – by pounding the football and the opposing offense.
Car, the AISD all-time leading rusher and University of Houston commit recently made the switch from No. 2 to No. 34 and looked every bit like Earl Campbell running through and, at times, over the Crockett defense for four touchdowns and 120 yards.
His first touchdown was a 1-yard plunge in the first quarter to give Reagan a 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, following a 39-yard touchdown pass from Amado Aguilera to Devonte Scott, Car scored on a 35-yard run in which he hurdled a Crockett defender along the way. He also added scoring runs of 12 yards in the third quarter and 15 yards in the fourth quarter to push Reagan’s lead to 35-0.
That was more than enough for the Reagan defense, which allowed just 16 yards of total offense in the first half and 134 total in the game. Crockett managed only 24 total rushing yards as almost half (12 of 25) of their rushing attempts resulted in no gain or a loss.
The defense also forced three fumbles and held Crockett scoreless until Zach Ochoa found Jeremy Barrera for a 13-yard score with 2:41 left to prevent a shutout.
But Reagan quickly responded with a 60-yard touchdown run from Adrien Benn to push the lead to 42-6.
Aguilera led the Raiders with 159 yards rushing while Benn added 97 yards – all in the second half.