There were times during the first three years of varsity football at Lehman High School when head coach Steve Davis couldn’t find anyone who even wanted to play quarterback, let alone someone who could.
But when the Lobos line up Friday night at Bob Shelton Stadium against Lockhart (7:30 p.m.), they’ll have two quarterbacks of roughly equal achievement and ability. The emergence of quarterbacking is one reason the Lobos can go a long way towards clinching a playoff berth in their fourth season of varsity football.
Two weeks ago, Davis decided junior Harvest Trammell would be his starting quarterback after switching all season between Trammell and sophomore Matt Anguiano. Trammell responded by completing 14 of 21 passes for 171 yards as the Lobos beat Elgin, 21-6, for their first-ever district victory on Oct. 17.
Trammell started again last Friday night at Del Valle, which had won six of its seven games. But when Trammell took a blow to the head in the second quarter, Anguiano entered and completed 12 of 23 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns after Del Valle had taken a 21-7 lead. Anguiano then caught a touchdown pass on a trick play to tie the game, 28-28, and send it to overtime before the Cardinals prevailed, 34-28.
“I’m glad we have both of them” Davis said.
The Lehman coach said Thursday evening that he was still evaluating which quarterback will start Friday night against Lockhart.
The Lobos are 5-3 overall and 1-2 in the district, tied for third with Manor and Elgin. They have lost to Manor and defeated Elgin. If Lehman wins and Manor beats Lockhart Friday night, the Lobos could finish no worse than fourth in District 17-4A, meaning they would clinch a playoff berth.
Lockhart is 0-3 in the district and 3-5 overall, but would still make the playoffs if it could beat Lehman Friday night, then win at Manor when the season closes out next Friday night.
“It’s going to be a playoff atmosphere,” Davis said. “Lockhart has to win to keep their hopes alive, and we have to win to get closer to going into the playoffs.”
Davis said he has concentrated a lot this week on the kicking game, which denied his team a big win on the road at Del Valle last Friday. The Lobos had two field goals blocked and misjudged a punt that Del Valle ended up downing deep in Lehman territory.
The big challenge for Lehman could be Lockhart running back Dominique Hardaway. Ankle injuries have limited Hardaway to 835 rushing yards after he rushed last season for 1,974 yards last season. Lockhart quarterback Tyler Tolley has passed this year for 1,083 yards and rushed for 330 yards.
Jacob Torres leads the Lobos in rushing with 792 yards. But the real star of the Lehman team is a defense that showed it is for real by allowing Del Valle’s skill players to amass only 246 yards last week. The Lobos have allowed opponents only 231.4 yards per game this season.
“The kids are understanding the schemes to get to the point of attack,” Davis said.
With that defense, the Lobos are almost to the point of being a playoff team.Email | Print