Resurgent Buttons snap cold streak against Austin Regents

Gary Pocrnich, Staff Writer

Central Catholic soundly snapped their two week losing streak Friday evening by beating the then undefeated Austin Regents 36-15 at Bob Benson, ’66 Stadium. The game was a consistent flow of game changing turnovers and lethal scoring strikes, culminating in a dominant Button victory.

After a scoreless first quarter for both teams, it looked as though Central was possibly in for another defensive battle. However, the tides of the game shifted after Buttons receiver Charlie Gomez, ‘19, airmailed a 38 touchdown pass to Aidan O’Connell, ‘21, off a clever double pass trick play. The game changing touchdown was O’Connell’s first career catch. The Nick Chavez to Gibby Garza connection was once again in full affect as Garza, ‘20, came away with 60 yards receiving and two touchdown grabs. The offensive line, lead by Jorge Cantu, C, and Jonathan Bouldin, RT, was impressive Friday evening. The big offensive line was impressive and paved the lanes for Zach Davidsmeyer to ground and pound for 127 rushing yards on just 19 carries.

The hard hitting Button defense came away with a whopping six turnovers against the Regents, forcing four fumbles and snagging two interceptions. Each fumble was recovered in Regents territory giving the Button offense prime field position throughout the game. Lead by Beau Brown, ‘19, the defensive line consistently was in the face of the Regents QB, notching multiple sacks while clogging up the trenches. The smash mouth senior linebacker duo of John Montelongo and Ryan Garcia were also pivotal factors in shutting down the Regents run attack. However, the crown jewel of the Buttons defense was the impactful play of Central’s star studded secondary. Safeties Jay Juarez, ’20, and Josh Madrid, ’20, both came away with momentum changing interceptions while Hilario Gomez, ‘19, and Matthew Torres, ‘21, jammed the Regents receivers.

After the painful two week skid Central Catholic entered this game 1-2 against an undefeated team who already had an impressive string of victories. In the face of all that noise the Buttons fired on all cylinders this week, showing just how tough this team can be. Coach Santiago best described the team win telling the players, “…you played for each other.” Now 2-2, the Buttons will look to once again let their play do the talking as they gear up for week five against the Devine Warhorses.