Two high school football teams with small rosters went at it Friday night in Elgin, but one wouldn’t know both teams were thus afflicted from how the game transpired.
Elgin pulled away starting in the second quarter, scoring five straight touchdowns in a 52-22 win against Lehman.
Lehman began the season with only 28 players, compared with 24 for Elgin. By the logic of attrition, neither team should have been able to pull very far ahead, especially late.
However, Elgin’s history of better execution came to bear in the second half. The Lobos made four turnovers, compared with only one by Elgin. That was the only difference in the box score that showed up proportionately on the scoreboard.
Lehman hung within 16-9 on the road into the second quarter after Chris Duran’s six-yard touchdown run. But Elgin’s Justin Lee responded with an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and Elgin kept piling on. By the end of the third period, Elgin extended its lead to 38-9.
In just about every other respect, the game was even. Lehman rushed for 304 yards, compared with 300 for Elgin. Lehman quarterback Duran completed five of 13 passes for 68 yards, while Elgin quarterback Tyler Swenson completed four of 12 passes for 83 yards. Duran even outrushed Swenson, 104 yards to 86, while top Lehman rusher R.J. Hardaway topped leading Elgin rusher Derrick Falke, 158 yards to 107.
But the Lobos lost big in turnovers and the kicking game, and that’s how the game was decided by so large of a margin.
The Lobos fell to 3-4 overall and 0-2 in District 17-4A. The Lobos now have lost all 16 district games in their three-year varsity history. The Panthers improved to 4-2 and 1-1.
Lehman will seek that first district win next Friday night against Del Valle at Bob Shelton Stadium. Elgin plays next Friday at Lockhart.Email | Print