LAREDO, Texas — Laredo Cigarroa had its hands full Friday night in a defensive duel against rival Laredo Martin.
But in a back-and-forth battle at Shirley Field, the Toros reeled off 14 unanswered points during the second half to secure a 28-21 Cigarroa victory over the Tigers.
The win against Martin helped Cigarroa stay undefeated, improving to 5-0 overall and maintaining a perfect mark in district play to keep pace in the District 13-5A DI championship race midway through the 2022 Texas high school football season.
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Ya-aqob Lozano, Mr. Everything for Laredo Cigarroa, had another monster game.
With Laredo Martin threatening to score from inside the red zone during the first quarter, Lozano intercepted Tigers quarterback Charlie Cortina and returned it for a 99-yard defensive touchdown to give the Toros an early 14-0 edge.
Laredo Martin had the momentum during the opening quarter, though, as the Tigers broke off some big runs by captain Christopher Dillard and James Villarreal.
Dillard moved the ball inside the 10-yard line for Laredo Martin on its opening drive, as the Toros defense had a hard time slowing him down.
Villarreal came into the game and finished off what Dillard had started with a 3-yard touchdown run, as Laredo Martin took a 7-0 first-quarter lead after the extra point was booted in by Roger Cranston.
Lozano opened the Toros' first drive with some extra effort to jockey for more yardage for Cigarroa's offense.
On the fourth play of the drive for the Toros, Lozano expertly kept his balance while shaking off defenders and not hitting the ground to pick up 25 yards after contact as he plowed through the Tigers' defense.
The Laredo Martin defense stopped, thinking Lozano’s knee had touched the ground, but it never did and he sprinted down the sideline for a 45-yard run to put the ball on the 6-yard line for the Toros.