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October 23rd, 2009
Hays would clinch playoff spot with win

STAFF REPORT

The district football season is rolling along for the Hays Rebels, despite the difficulties they faced through the first five weeks.

After losing their five non-district games to hit 0-5 for the first time since 1970, the Rebels would clinch a playoff spot Friday night with a win against Manor at Bob Shelton Stadium.

The Rebels are 2-5 overall and 2-0 in District 17-4A, tied for first place with Del Valle (6-1, 2-0).

Friday night’s game appears made to order for the Rebels as they return to their home turf against Manor (1-6, 1-1). The Rebels already have beaten the bottom two teams in the district — Lockhart (3-4, 0-2) and Elgin (1-6, 0-1). A win Friday night means the Rebels could finish in no worse than a fourth-place tie with Lockhart, Manor or Elgin, and they would hold the tiebreaker against all of them with head-to-head victories.

On top of all that, the Rebels are playing better football as the weeks roll along.

“We’re doing good,” Hays coach Bob Shelton said. “I thought we played our best game last Friday night. We held (Lockhart) to 159 yards, and a big part of that came against our second defense late in the game.”

The Rebels handled Lockhart easily last Friday in a 34-14 victory. After taking a 20-0 halftime lead, the Rebels held the ball for 18 plays and eight minutes off the second-half kickoff before quarterback Paul Breyfogle ran a yard for a touchdown to make it 27-0.

Hays again stuck to the ground against Lockhart, rushing the ball on 38 of its 46 offensive snaps. In two district games, the Rebels have thrown only 11 times, reminiscent of their teams from ten years ago. But it’s different now, because they have completed nine of those throws for a total of 242 yards.

In its two district games, Manor has scored only three touchdowns, with one of them coming in the overtime of a 12-6 win at home against Lehman. The one threat to watch for Manor is running back L.D. Williams, who has run 14 times for 73 yards and caught nine passes for 122 yards in two district games. Shelton said Williams could be the best athlete in the district.

But Hays is showing signs, once again, of being the best team in the district. Winning its first two league games by a combined score of 86-28, Hays is winning when it counts.

“You always hope to get better as the season goes along, and we’re doing that,” Shelton said.

The Rebels will definitely want to keep that trend going. Next Friday, they go to Del Valle, possibly for the district championship.

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