San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

October 31st, 2009
Lehman set back, Rattlers lose big

STAFF REPORT

Two Hays County football teams took turns for the worse Friday night as the high school football season nears its end.

Lehman, battling for a playoff berth, happened to face Lockhart on the night when Dominique Hardaway started felling better. After Hardaway ran 25 times for 95 yards in the last three weeks because of ankle problems, he ran 25 times for 175 yards Friday night, leading Lockhart to a 21-14 win against Lehman.

With his performance, Hardaway launched past the 1,000-yard rushing mark, despite three weeks down. He now is at 1,010 rushing yards for the year.

Lehman hadn’t faced a single offense threat of Hardaway’s magnitute going into Friday night’s game. Hardaway ran for touchdowns of 48 yards in the third quarter and 19 yards in the fourth, after the Lobos had assumed a 7-0 halftime lead.

Combined with Manor’s 19-8 win against Elgin, the Lehman loss dropped the Lobos to 5-4 overall and 1-3 in District 17-4A. Lehman now is in a three-way tie for fourth place with the other two 1-3 teams, Lockhart and Elgin. The Lobos beat Elgin, 21-6, Elgin beat Lockhart, 32-8, and now Lockhart has defeated Lehman, 21-14.

There now is only one scenario under which Lehman would finish in the District 17-4A top four to enter the playoffs. The Lobos would have to beat Hays next Friday night at Bob Shelton Stadium, and Manor would have to beat Lockhart. In that case, Lehman and Elgin would be tied for fourth at 2-3, and the Lobos would prevail because of their head-to-head victory.

Already eliminated from the playoff race in District 27-4A, San Marcos absorbed a 49-24 beating at Boerne Champion Friday. The Chargers led 14-3 after one quarter, 28-10 after two and 42-17 after three. The Rattlers weren’t even close.

Boerne racked up 457 yards against a San Marcos defense that has been mostly solid within the district. The Rattlers managed 384 yards, well below their average within the district.

The Rattlers fell to 2-6 overall and 1-5 in the district. Champion is 5-4 and 2-4.

Wimberley notched a huge win at home, 21-3 against Llano. The Texans remained in a three-way tie for first place in District 8-3A with Burnet and Canyon Lake. However, as the Texans have beaten those teams, they would win the district with a win next Friday at Fredericksburg.

Wimberley running back Dennis Smith carried the load Friday night. The entire Wimberley offense totaled 261 yards, with Smith gaining 173 yards of that in 22 carries.

The Dripping Springs Tigers ended their season ingloriously, with a 52-0 loss at home to Lake Travis, the two-time defending state champions who now have won 41 games in a row. The Tigers finish 2-8 overall and 0-6 in District 25-4A on an eight-game losing streak.

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