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November 1st, 2008
Lockhart smashes Lehman, pushes for playoff berth

STAFF REPORT

Spotting a chance to jump into the playoff race, Lockhart cranked up 514 total yards from its Slot-T offense Friday night. Seeing the end of its season coming near, Lehman did little to stop Lockhart.

The Lions scored touchdowns on four offensive plays of at least 33 yards and threw in an 85-yard interception return for a 63-7 win on their home field, putting themselves in position to enter the playoffs with a win against Manor next Friday.

Lockhart (6-3 overall, 2-2 District 17-4A) is in a four-way tie for second place in the district with Manor, Del Valle and Elgin, setting up an interesting scenario next Friday night, when those four teams meet in two head-to-head games. The night can produce four possible sets of outcomes, and each of those four teams stands a three-in-four chance of going to the playoffs.

Next Friday night, while Lockhart goes to Manor, Elgin goes to Del Valle. The winners of those two games will advance. If Lockhart and Elgin both win, then Manor wins the fourth and final playoff spot for its 40-13 win against Del Valle. If Manor and Del Valle both win, then Lockhart goes for its 28-26 win against Elgin. If Lockhart and Del Valle both win, then Elgin goes for its 52-35 win against Manor Friday night. If Manor and Elgin both win, then Del Valle goes for its 34-33 win against Lockhart.

Lehman (3-6, 0-4) entered the season with high hopes entering that playoff mix, but the Lobos have lost five straight, including all four of their district games, running their historic record in district games to 0-18. The Lobos close their season next Friday night with a home game against school-district rival Lehman at Bob Shelton Stadium.

The Lehman-Lockhart game featured two 1,000-yard rushers named Hardaway – Lockhart’s Dominique Hardaway and Lehman’s R.J. Hardaway. Dominique Hardaway cut through the Lehman defense Friday night for 184 yards in 13 carries, improving his district-leading rushing total to 1,438 yards. R.J. Hardaway smashed into the Lockhart defense for 123 yards in 22 carries, increasing his total for the season to 1,281 yards.

Lockhart poured it on early Friday night, jumping to a 35-0 halftime lead. By the time Kevin Ibanez scored Lehman’s only touchdown on a five-yard run, the Lions already held a 42-0 lead in the third quarter.

Lehman struggled on both sides of the ball. The Lobos totaled 202 offensive yards in 52 plays. Meanwhile, Lockhart rushed for 459 yards in 40 carries, a robust 11.5 yards per rush.

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