Lehman came a little closer to beating Hays Friday evening, but the Rebels brought an outstanding defense to the second half and rallied for a 27-14 win at Bob Shelton Stadium.
The victory makes Hays 5-0 all-time against Lehman, which fell to 3-2 with the loss. Hays improved to 3-2 with the win. It was the first district game for both teams.
Lehman led, 14-7, at halftime, but could not move the ball in the second half. The Lobos gained only 65 yards in the second half, and the inability to execute on fourth-and-one from their own 26 set up set the Rebels up nicely midway through the third quarter.
“I think the way our defense played in the second half was the key to us winning this game,” Hays coach Bob Shelton said. “They definitely came up big when we needed them to.”
The Hays defense stuffed Lehman quarterback Matthew Anguiano on the fourth-down quarterback sneak, giving the Rebels the ball. Soon enough, Torrance Smith ran four yards for a Hays touchdown, giving the Rebels a 21-14 lead.
Hays tacked on another touchdown later in the third quarter, on a one-yard run by Smith. While Lehman couldn’t convert fourth-and-short in the second half, the Rebels could convert fourth-and-long. A 17-yard pass from Caleb Kimbro to Ty Green on fourth-and-10 pushed the Rebels inside the Lehman 20 to set up that final Hays touchdown.
After gaining 200 yards in the first half, the Lobos made no threats against the Hays defense while the Rebels scored three touchdowns in the second half and overtook the game.
“Give Hays the credit,” Lehman coach Steve Davis said. “Their kids came out in the second half and played hard. Our kids thought it was over at halftime.”
By halftime, the Lobos knew they could move the ball against Hays, even going 99 yards for their first touchdown. When the Lehman defense stopped Hays running back Tony Garza one yard short of a touchdown on fourth down, the Lobos marched it back the other way. The drive ended with Anguiano’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Harvest Trammell, giving Lehman a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.
Later in the quarter, Anguiano and Trammell connected for a seven-yard touchdown. In between, Mason Cervenka ran 10 yards for a Hays touchdown.
Early in the third quarter, Taven Mayberry ran three yards for a Hays touchdown, tying the game at 14-14.
Smith was the offensive star of the game, rushing 20 times for 122 yards. Garza added another 61 rushing yards, but Hays coaches were concerned when he left the field in the third quarter with an injury.
Lehman running back Levi Medley, who rushed for 350 yards in his previous two games, totaled 74 yards in 15 attempts against Hays. Lehman’s Richard Porsche rushed for 70 yards..
The Rebels will go on the road next Friday to play Alamo Heights. Lehman will play at home against New Braunfels Canyon.Email | Print