A number of challenges have become evident for the Hays Rebels as they seek their first undisputed district championship in ten years,
One is a need to remove errors from their game, such as penalties and turnovers. The other is a little more troubling. If they are to advance far in the playoffs, they must find a way to stop other teams from killing them with big plays based on speed.
Friday night, the Rebels will go to Manor, where they will face a team that will put them to that test. The Mustangs are well set with speed at the offensive skill positions, led by quarterback Riley Beecher, running backs L.D. Williams and Lawrence Roberts, and wide receiver DeQuan Roberts.
Beecher has passed for 1,022 yards and 11 touchdowns against only three interceptions this year. Williams has caught 14 passes to lead the team, but the bigger threat is DaQuan Roberts, who has caught 13 passes for 344 yards and six touchdowns. Williams leads the team in rushing with 383 yards, but Lawrence Roberts is right behind him with 299 rushing yards.
After starting the season 1-4 before district games, the Mustangs have made quite an impression in District 17-4A, opening with wins of 46-28 over Lehman and 40-13 against Del Valle to tie Hays for first place in the league at 2-0.
The winner of Friday’s game would clinch a playoff spot with a win, if Lehman and Lockhart, both 0-2 in the league, both lose. In essence, it’s likely Hays and Manor both are in the playoffs already, each having won twice in a six-team district with four teams going to the postseason.
The Rebels are hoping they don’t need another miracle victory, such as their first two in the district season. They beat Elgin 26-20 in overtime two weeks ago, then beat Lockhart, 21-20, late last Friday for head coach Bob Shelton’s 300th career victory.
Hays, 4-3 overall, is led by Trey Berry, who starts at quarterback and is increasingly used as a wide receiver so Sam Breyfogle can play quarterback. Not only is Berry possibly the Rebels’ best receiver, but he’s also a threat at quarterback from the option.
Berry has totaled 1,195 yards this year, completing 25 of 46 passes for 421 yards, rushing 92 times for 689 yards and making five catches for 85 yards. In total, he has had his hand in 12 touchdowns.
Billy Gandy (411 rushing yards) and Torrance Smith (333 rushing yards, seven touchdowns) also take their turns running the ball. Anthony Pesina leads the team with 14 receptions for 165 yards.Email | Print