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Jourdanton advances to third round for first time since 1985


JOURDANTON — There’s a way to measure success in high school football in South Texas.

“In South Texas, when you’re coaching football and not able to deer hunt, you’re feeling good about things,” Jourdanton coach Darrell Andrus said.

Hunting season will have to wait for Andrus and his Indians, who defeated Edna 42-28 in a Class 3A Division I second-round playoff Saturday.

There’s another tried-and-true way to celebrate, and quarterback Cole Andrus and running back Nick Cordova provided it by pouring ice over Darrell Andrus on their home field after the win.

The Indians (11-1) overwhelmed Edna (6-6) with a fast start that vaulted them into the third round of the postseason for the first time since 1985. It’s also the first time Jourdanton has won 11 games since 1970.

After a string of four straight nonwinning seasons at Jourdanton, Andrus has guided the Indians to a combined 30-6 over the past three years.

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Jourdanton quarterback Cole Andrus, right, gets off a pass as Edna’s Devin Kallus applies pressure during the first half of their second round Class 3A-1 high school football game at Indian Stadium in Jourdanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

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Jodurdanton’s Jarel Lilly, left, looks for a way around Edna’s Kolton Graham during the first half of their second round Class 3A-1 high school football game at Indian Stadium in Jourdanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

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Jourdanton’s Payton Gonzales, left, races downfield on a 35-yard touchdown reception during the first half of their second round Class 3A-1 high school football game with Edna at Indian Stadium in Jourdanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

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Jourdanton’s Colton Schuchart, right, beats Edna’s Qua’Shaun Ramey on a 59-yard touchdown reception during the first half of their second round Class 3A-1 high school football game at Indian Stadium in Jourdanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

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Jourdanton’s Nick Cordova, right, and Cole Andrus, drench head coach Darrell Andrus with a Gatorade shower following their 42-28 victory over Edna in their second round Class 3A-1 high school football game at Indian Stadium in Jourdanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

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Jourdanton quarter back Cole Andrus gets a pass off as Edna’s De’Qare Brown applies pressure during the second half of their second round Class 3A-1 high school football game at Indian Stadium in Jourdanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Jourdanton beat Edna 42-28.

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Edna’s Michael Salazar brings down Jourdanton’s Luke Tapp during the second half of their second round Class 3A-1 high school football game at Indian Stadium in Jourdanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Jourdanton beat Edna 42-28.

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Jourdanton’s Brett Berg, left, battles with Edna’s Kolton Graham for a ball in the end zone during the second half of their second round Class 3A-1 high school football game at Indian Stadium in Jourdanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Jourdanton beat Edna 42-28.

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Jourdanton’s Colton Schuchart, right, celebrates his 59-yard touchdown reception with Luke Tapp during the first half of their second round Class 3A-1 high school football game at Indian Stadium in Jourdanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Jourdanton beat Edna 42-28.

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Edna’s Dawson Kallus runs past Jourdanton’s Jacob Brister on a 22-yard touchdown run during the first half of their second round Class 3A-1 high school football game at Indian Stadium in Jourdanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Jourdanton beat Edna 42-28.

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Edna’s Dawson Kallus, left, and De’Qare Brown bring down Jourdanton’s Luke Tapp during the first half of their second round Class 3A-1 high school football game at Indian Stadium in Jourdanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Jourdanton beat Edna 42-28.

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Jourdanton running back Aidan Borth, center, runs through the Edna defense during the first half of their second round Class 3A-1 high school football game at Indian Stadium in Jourdanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Jourdanton beat Edna 42-28.

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Jourdanton’s Ethan Purchis brings down Edna’s Santiago Villanueva from behind during the second half of their second round Class 3A-1 high school football game at Indian Stadium in Jourdanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Jourdanton beat Edna 42-28.

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Jourdanton running back Juan Lerma, center, runs through the Edna defense for a first down during the second half of their second round Class 3A-1 high school football game at Indian Stadium in Jourdanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Jourdanton beat Edna 42-28.

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Edna’s Layton Ressman, left, tries to bring down Jourdanton’s Nick Cordova during the second half of their second round Class 3A-1 high school football game at Indian Stadium in Jourdanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Jourdanton beat Edna 42-28.

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Edna quarterback Jaiden Clay watches his pass sail towards Santiago Villanueva, left, during the second half of their second round Class 3A-1 high school football game at Indian Stadium in Jourdanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Jourdanton beat Edna 42-28.

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The Jourdanton Indians take the field prior to the start of their second round Class 3A-1 high school football game with Edna at Indian Stadium in Jourdanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Jourdanton beat Edna 42-28.

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Edna quarterback Jaiden Clay hands off to Dreydan Ashford during the second half of their second round Class 3A-1 high school football game at Indian Stadium in Jourdanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Jourdanton beat Edna 42-28.

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Edna’s Joshua Muncrief comes up with a 19-yard touchdown reception past Jourdanton’s Justin Ledesma during the second half of their second round Class 3A-1 high school football game at Indian Stadium in Jourdanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Jourdanton beat Edna 42-28.

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“The main thing is this is just a culture you want to build, and I think we’re on a path to that,” said Andrus, a 1994 Jourdanton graduate. “People say, what’s going to fix this? What’s going to fix that? Winning, man. You have to do it the right way and play it the right way.”

Jourdanton next faces Llano (12-0), tentatively scheduled for Friday at Cedar Park. The Indians will look to win 12 games for the first time since 1957.

“We’re looking forward to making even more big plays and getting this ballclub as ready as they can be on Thanksgiving week,” said Andrus, who had a successful nine-year run at Corpus Christi Flour Bluff before returning to his hometown.

His son helped him get there with a second straight 400-plus yard performance in the playoffs.

Cole Andrus threw for 405 yards on 27-of-41 passing with four touchdowns. Those included scoring strikes to Payton Gonzales (35 yards), Colton Schuchart (59 yards) and Luke Tapp (55 yards and 5 yards).

“We knew they were going to be in a zone package, so we had to get a lot of crossers and find that zone out,” Cole Andrus said. “And that’s what we executed in the first half, and we did very well at it. We had good blocking up front, and it gave me time to make my reads.”

Senior receiver Jarel Lilly didn’t score, but he caught eight of Andrus’ passes for 140 yards.

“We’ve been doing it for a while,” Lilly said of his connection with Andrus. “It’s something we do every day in practice, in games, no matter where.”

Jourdanton raced to a 14-0 lead in just more than five minutes on Gonzales’ 35-yard score and the 59-yarder from Schuchart.

The Cowboys cut the lead to 14-6 on Dawson Kallus’ 22-yard run with 4:01 left in the first quarter.

Jourdanton answered with three touchdowns in the second quarter. Gonzales scored from 10 yards on a reverse, Juan Lerma had a 20-yard touchdown, and Tapp added his 5-yard scoring catch.

Tapp’s 55-yarder was the Indians’ only score in the second half.

Andrus injured his foot last week while throwing for 446 yards in a 56-32 win over Comfort. He showed no ill effects of that Saturday.

“We didn’t know what Cole’s ability would be this week,” Darrel Andrus said. “His foot was pretty bad all week long. He battled through that. … And Luke Tapp. What a performance by him tonight. He was banged up all week from our last our last game. The way we were able to come out early and set the tone and playing from ahead was great.”

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