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Second-half shutout propels Memorial to victory

by Manuel A. Carranza
SAsports.com Writer

The Memorial Minutemen scored 17 unanswered points (14 off two turnovers) and held the Lytle Pirates scoreless in the second half as the Minutemen picked up thier second win of the season over Lytleon (27-14).

 
 
Down 14-3 in the second quarter, Memorial scored an apparent touchdown but was called back due to a penalty.  Late in the half, the Minutemen capitalized off a Lytle turnover and scored on a 55 yard touchdown pass by Manases Cano to cut the lead to four going into the half.

Late in the third, Memorial took the lead for good. Off another Pirate turnover, quarterback Alfred Ramos connected with Steven Hernandez on a 16 yard touchdown pass to put the Minutemen up 16-14 heading into the fourth quarter. Memorial sealed the victory when Raul Rangel scored on an 89 yard run and Richard Casarez scored on the two point conversion.  Memorial kicker Gabriel Robles ended the scoring with his second field goal of the game from 42 yards out.  He also opened the Minutemen scoring with a 32 yard field goal midway thru the first quarter.
 
Memorial's Head Coach, Alex Guerra, was very proud of his players after the victory.  He attributed the win to the way his players conditioned during the week leading up to the game.  He's very happy that his team has a bye week before district play begins.  “We hope to get our starting linebacker and center back from injuries for our next game.
 
Memorial's next game is on Friday,September 27 when they host Southside at Mata Stadium.  Kickoff is at 7pm.  It is also Homecoming, so we encourage all Memorial Alumni to please come out and support your Minutemen.