Lehman fell short of strengthening its bid for a high school football playoff berth Friday night, but at least served notice that it could be on the way.
The Lobos went on the road against a league leader and almost pulled it off, losing at Del Valle, 34-28, in overtime.
Del Valle took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and appeared to be running away with it, but the Lehman defense made a play when Corey Bergstrom intercepted a pass and took it back 47 yards for a touchdown to bring the Lobos within 14-7.
After the Cardinals upped their lead to 21-7 in the first quarter, Lehman it at 21-21 for halftime on touchdown passes 23 and 21 yards from Matt Anguiano to Matthew Riojas.
On a trick play, Anguiano caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from John Martell, bringing the game to a 28-28 tie late in the third quarter. The two teams fought to a scoreless fourth period before Del Valle quarterback Josef Cortez ran 10 yards for a touchdown in overtime and Lehman couldn’t answer.
The Lobos dominated the box score, topping Del Valle with 398 total yards to 246 yards.
Anguiano completed 12 of 23 passes for 136 yards. Jacob Torres led the Lobos in rushing with 95 yards in 13 carries.
The loss dropped Lehman to 5-3 overall and 1-2 in District 17-4A. Del Valle is 7-1 and 3-0. The Lobos are in a three-way tie for third place with Manor (1-7, 1-2) and Elgin (1-7, 1-2). Lehman already has lost to Manor and defeated Elgin.
The Lobos could be in a position to clinch a playoff berth next Friday night when they play Lockhart (3-5, 0-3) at Bob Shelton Stadium.
The Hays Rebels clinched a playoff berth with a breezy 49-21 win against Manor at Bob Shelton Stadium Friday night. As has become their custom during the district season, the Rebels smashed Manor on the ground, rushing for 340 yards.
After LaDarrien Williams ran 74 yards for a punt return touchdown to bring Manor within 28-13 in the second quarter, Hays scored the next three touchdowns.
Hays running back Torrance Smith, who ran 74 yards for a touchdown in the third period, finished the game with 110 yards in 10 carries. Anthony Garza led the Rebels with 118 rushing yards in 11 carries and Trace Gandy added 94 yards in 15 carries.
Hays quarterback Sam Breyfogle completed six of nine passes for 115 yards as the Rebels totaled 445 yards of offense.
Meanwhile, the Hays defense allowed only 196 yards of Manor offense. Williams led the Mustangs with 50 rushing yards.
The Rebels (3-5, 3-0) travel to Del Valle next Friday night, with the winner to clinch the district championship.
Wimberley suddenly finds itself in a fight to win District 8-3A after suffering a 27-25 loss at Liberty Hill, which played more like the team that won two of the last three state championships.
Liberty Hill took a 20-0 lead in the first half and the Texans couldn’t catch up, even though Dennis Smith ran for 114 yards in 14 carries.
The Texans dropped to 4-4 overall and 3-1 in District 8-3A, tied at the top with Burnet (5-2, 3-1), which had Friday night off, and Canyon Lake (5-3, 3-1), which took a 48-27 decision from Llano Friday night. The Texans already have defeated Burnet and Canyon Lake this season. The win moved Liberty Hill into fourth place at 4-4 and 3-2.
The Dripping Springs season continued its long descent towards the end as the Tigers absorbed a 49-0 loss at Pflugerville Hendrickson Friday night. The Tigers, 2-7 overall and 0-5 in District 25-4A, have lost seven straight games. Their season will end next Friday night, when they play at home against two-time defending state champion Lake Travis.
San Marcos Baptist Academy snapped a three-game losing streak with a 42-14 win at Giddings State School. The Bears improved to 5-3 overall and 1-2 in TAPPS Division II District 3.Email | Print