Yoakum Pulls Away Late, Beats Columbus

It wasn’t pretty at times, but the Bulldogs got it done.

Yoakum beat Columbus, 30-13, in Hallettsville on Friday, pulling away in the fourth quarter to punch their ticket to the area round for the second consecutive season. After a pair of costly first half turnovers, Yoakum tightened up their play and held the Cardinals scoreless in the second half in front of a friendly crowd.

After scoring on their first possession of the game, the Bulldogs ran into trouble after quarterback Hagen Garvin threw an interception that was returned 30 yards for a score. After marching down the field on their ensuing offensive possession, Yoakum fumbled inside the 20 to set the Cardinals up again.

The second half was a different story, however, as Big Blue scored 17 unanswered to put the game out of reach.

With the victory, the Bulldogs set the stage for an area-round battle with George West next weekend. The Longhorns are 10-1 overall on the season.

A person familiar with the injury says Houston quarterback D’Eriq King is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing the meniscus in his right knee during the Cougars’ victory against Tulane.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday night because the team was not planning an official announcement on King’s injury.

King’s injury was first reported by the Houston Chronicle.

The junior has accounted for 50 touchdowns (36 passing and 14 rushing) to lead the nation for the Cougars (8-3, 5-2), who are still in contention for the American Athletic Conference West Division and a spot in the league championship game. Houston plays Memphis next week in a game that could decide the division.

King was not hit on the play in which he was injured late in the second quarter.

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