Two Fridays of backyard rivalries begin Friday night, when Dripping Springs goes to Wimberley in a battle of the county’s western high school football teams.
Both teams are coming off huge wins last week. Dripping Springs, shaking off eight straight losses to end last season, thumped Crockett, 49-0, at home. Wimberley went to traditional Class 3A power Cuero and beat the fourth-ranked team in Texas, 49-42.
Wimberley appears to be loaded offensively, with transfer quarterback Brady Lambert from Aledo combining with holdover running back Dennis Smith to give the Texans an formidable Class 3A combination. Smith rushed for 108 yards against Cuero, and Lambert completed 13 of 22 passes for 146 yards while rushing for 88 yards.
Dripping Springs quarterback Jeff Tuck passed for 155 yards against Crockett, while running back Omar Pereyra rushed for 82 yards in last week’s big victory.
Odd as it seems, that 41-20 Hays win against Akins last Friday was the Rebels’ first non-district win in two years. They lost all five of their district games last season.
Friday night, the Rebels will attempt to avenge one of those losses when they play Anderson at Bob Shelton Stadium. The Rebels lost to Anderson, 35-14, last year at House Park.
The Rebels spread their offense around last week, with five players gaining 49 yards or more. Running back Anthony Garza led the way with 72 yards rushing and 55 receiving. Torrance Smith ran for 98 yards and three touchdowns.
Anderson beat McCallum, 48-34, last week.
Next Friday night, San Marcos goes to Hays, renewing a rivalry that has been dormant since 2003.
Lehman will try to find the winning edge Friday night at San Antonio Edison, which has become a perennial opponent.
Edison finished 4-7 last season and went to the playoffs. This year, the Bears are bringing back quarterback Sergio Neaves and running back Rene Hernandez, who rushed for 1,302 yards last year. Edison beat Pleasanton, 26-23, in last week’s opener.
Lehman made seven turnovers last week, leading to a 35-13 loss at home last week against St. Michael’s. The Lobos gained 96 yards rushing and 156 yards passing. The Lobos were tied, 7-7, in the second quarter last week before Brett Carlton ran back an interception 34 yards for a St. Michael’s touchdown. St. Michael’s streaked out of halftime with the first three touchdowns of the second half, putting the game away.
San Marcos Academy (SMA) opens its home season Friday night against Brooks Academy. Both teams lost their openers last week.
SMA lost, 27-20, at Medina last week. The Bears fell behind, 27-0, and rallied their way back into the game before falling short. The Bears outgained Medina, 280 yards to 234.
Brooks Academy lost last week, 54-14 at Runge.Email | Print