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October 10th, 2009
Rebels win, Lobos lose to start District 17-4A

STAFF REPORT

Surprises characterized the first week of play in District 17-4A, where two of three games issued upsets.

The most upsetting loss befell the Lehman Lobos, who gave up a touchdown at the end of regulation time to fall into a 6-6 tie at Manor, then lost, 12-6, in overtime.

The Lobos hoped for their first district victory in their school’s football history against the Mustangs, who entered the game 0-5. Instead, the Lobos now have lost all 20 of their district games in four seasons.

The loss dropped Lehman to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in the district. Manor is 1-5 and 1-0.

Lehman took a 6-0 lead on a three-yard touchdown run by Jacob Torres. Manor tied the game at the end with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Reggie Middleton to L.D. Williams.

Middleton and Williams hooked up again for a 21-yard touchdown pass in the top of the first overtime. Lehman took its turn and advanced to within a foot of the goal line with fourth down to come. But Lehman quarterback Harvest Trammell couldn’t find a receiver and took a ten-yard sack to end the game.

Meanwhile, Hays, which entered Friday night’s games at 0-5 for the first time since 1970, took itself off the schneid with a 52-14 win against Elgin at Bob Shelton Stadium.

The Rebels played it the traditional way, rushing for 352 yards of their 422 total yards. Trace Gandy led the Rebels with 10 carries for 137 yards. Torrance Smith added 96 yards and four touchdowns in ten carries.

Hays took a 35-14 halftime lead and won going away. The Rebels improved to 1-5 and 1-0, while Elgin is 1-5 and 0-1.

In the other District 17-4A game, Lockhart beat Del Valle, 31-14. Del Valle, which entered the district season as one of the favorites, is 4-2 and 0-1. Lockhart is 4-2 and 1-0.

Wimberley took a commanding position in District 8-3A with a 38-15 win at Canyon Lake. The Texans now are 4-3 overall and 3-0 in the district. Every other team in the district has at least one league loss, including Canyon Lake (3-3, 1-1).

Canyon Lake held Wimberley star running back Dennis Smith to 40 yards in 13 carries. However, Brennan Blakemore saved the day for Wimberley, returning an interception 82 yards for a touchdown, returning a fumble 87 yards for a touchdown and catching a 29-yard touchdown pass from Brooks Blakemore.

Dripping Springs lost for the fifth straight time, falling, 35-10, at Hutto. The Tigers managed only 197 total yards. The game was never in doubt after Hutto took a 21-3 halftime lead.

The Tigers fell to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in District 25-4A. Hutto is 4-3 and 1-2. The loss put Dripping Springs two games behind fourth place Marble Falls in the loss column. Marble Falls is 4-2 and 1-1 after a 45-7 loss to Killeen (5-2, 2-1).

San Marcos Baptist Academy lost its district opener, 21-17, at San Antonio Christian. Though the Bears totaled only 136 yards, all on the ground, they still led until Seth Kelly’s four-yard run with 1:14 left gave Christian its final lead.

Christian took a 14-0 lead on Kelly’s touchdown runs of 16 and 39 yards in the first quarter. But Anthony Richardson brought the Bears back with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown right after Kelly’s second touchdown, then a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter. A 38-yard field goal by Trey Banks gave the Bears a 17-14 lead before the end of the third quarter.

The Bears fell to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in Division II District 3.

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