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October 9th, 2010
Rebels win as Shelton moves up list

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Hays football coach Bob Shelton coached his 503rd game, all at Hays, Friday night as the Rebels beat Schertz Clemens, 47-21, at Bob Shelton Stadium. Shelton is tied for second all-time in football games coached at Texas high schools. File photo.

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Keyed by a dominant running attack, the Hays Rebels produced their best offensive football game of the season Friday night and throttled Schertz Clemens, 47-21, at Bob Shelton Stadium.

The win puts the Rebels all alone in third place in District 27-4A at 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the league. Alamo Heights, which hung a 35-17 loss on the Rebels last week, remains on top of the district at 6-1 and 3-0 with a 38-24 win Friday against New Braunfels Canyon. Smithson Valley is second at 5-1 and 2-0 with Friday’s 61-18 thrashing of Lehman.

Hays coach Bob Shelton ran his 503rd game, tying him with Brownwood legend Gordon Wood for the second most in Texas high school history. Aubrey coach G.A. Moore, still active, has the all-time lead with 512 games. Shelton’s career record is 311-185-7, all at Hays.

The Rebels gained 475 yards against Clemens, led by running back Torrance Smith’s 134 rushing yards in 11 attempts. Smith tore off touchdown runs of 69 and 31 yards as the Rebels bounded to a 21-7 halftime lead. The Rebels opened the night averaging 295.8 yards per game.

The other Hays first-half touchdown came on an eight-yard run by Michael Romero to tie the game, 7-7, after Clemens’ Dyland Walker opened the scoring with a 42-yard touchdown catch from Shawn Rutkowski.

The Rebels increased their lead to 28-7 in the third quarter on a nine-yard scoring run by Jaxson Schaubhut. Clemens made the game close later in the period with two seven-yard touchdown passes by Rutkowski, the first going to Shawn Hall and the next to Vincent Fuller. At that point, the Buffaloes were within 27-21.

But Hays put the hammer down at home. Before the end of the third quarter, Mason Cervenka threw an 81-yard touchdown pass to Ty Green, increasing the Hays lead to 33-21. In the fourth period, Smith ran six yards for his third touchdown of the night and Caleb Kimbro threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Cervenka.

The Rebels held Clemens to 293 yards, which is still more than the 250.6-yard average with which Clemens entered the game. Clemens rushed for only 92 yards in 24 attempts.

With three games remaining in the regular season, Smith is within sight of 1,000 rushing yards at 638. Romero added 82 rushing yards for the Rebels Friday night. Cervenka and Kimbro combined to complete nine of 11 passes for 220 yards.

Next Friday night, Hays goes to Lockhart, which is 0-6 after a bye this week. Clemens (3-3, 1-1) will be at home against Canyon (2-5, 1-2).

New Braunfels 56, San Marcos 14

New Braunfels ran almost at will and stopped the run just as decisively, beating San Marcos almost before the 56-14 route started.

The Unicorns took a 28-0 lead in the first quarter as Matt Schmid returned a punt 70 yards for one touchdown and caught a 67-yard pass from Micajah Poole for another.

The Rattlers gained only 176 yards, including but 90 in 36 rushing attempts. The Rattlers also fumbled the ball away twice and threw an interception. The Unicorns rushed for 206 yards in 22 attempts, an average of 9.4 yards per carry.

By the time San Marcos scored, New Braunfels already held a 49-0 lead before its home crowd.

The loss in Friday’s District 25-5A opener dropped San Marcos to 0-6 overall and 0-1 in the district. New Braunfels is 3-3 and 1-0.

The Rattlers play next Friday at Bobcat Stadium against San Antonio Wagner, which is 2-4 and 0-1 after losing its district opener to Converse Judson, 38-23, Friday night. New Braunfels will play at home against Steele, which is 4-2 and 1-0 after crushing Seguin, 40-7, in the district opener for both teams Friday night.

Wimberley 52, Bandera 0

Playing for the first time this year without injured star running back Dennis Smith, who is out for the year, Wimberley slaughtered Bandera at home, 52-0.

Ranked third across Texas in Class 3A according to the Associated Press, Wimberley isn’t likely to move up with Friday’s win. Top-ranked Brownwood beat Big Spring, 56-21, Friday, while No. 2 Celina beat Van Alstyne, 55-28.

Quarterback Brady Lambert and running back Trinity Wilson took up the slack Friday night for Wimberley. Lambert completed six of nine passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 58 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson rushed for 85 yards and one touchdown in seven attempts.

The Texans held leads of 21-0 after one quarter and 42-0 at halftime. Bandera managed only 146 total yards and eight first downs. The Texans totaled 362 yards, 216 of them on the ground.

The win opened the District 26-3A season for the Texans, who are 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the district. Bandera dropped to 0-6 and 0-1.

Wimberley will play next Friday night at home against Canyon Lake, which is 2-4 and 0-1 after a 38-26 loss Friday at Geronimo Navarro. Bandera will play at home against Fredericksburg, which is 0-6 and 0-1 after a 50-19 loss at home against Boerne Friday night.

Vista Ridge 14, Dripping Springs 0

Dripping Springs held tough at home Friday, but allowed two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 14-0 loss to Vista Ridge.

Into the fourth quarter, the game was a shutout both ways, and Dripping Springs was within reach of a win that would have greatly solidified a playoff bid. However, Blake Estes ran three yards for a Vista Ridge touchdown, then Chris Showels ran 51 yards for a touchdown on a punt return to make the Vista Ridge lead comfortable.

The Tigers managed only 207 yards as they fell to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in District 25-4A. Vista Ridge improved to 6-1 and 2-1.

Dripping Springs quarterback Jeff Tuck completed 11 of 30 passes for 119 yards and two interceptions. Tuck also rushed for 59 yards. Estes led Vista Ridge, completing 14 of 21 passes for 129 yards and rushing for 89 yards in 14 attempts.

With the top three playoff spots in the district almost certain to go to Lake Travis, Cedar Park and Vista Ridge, the fourth and final spot appears to be up for grabs between Dripping Springs and Marble Falls as Vandegrift and Rouse build programs. Marble Falls, which had Friday off, is in fourth place at 3-3 and 1-1. Marble Falls will play at Dripping Springs, likely for that fourth playoff spot, on Oct. 22.

Dripping Springs will play next Friday at Rouse, which is 0-6 and 0-2 after a 61-7 loss at Cedar Park. Vista Ridge will play at home against Lake Travis, which is 5-1 and 2-0 after a 62-7 win at home Friday night against Vandegrift.

Smithson Valley 61, Lehman 18

Lehman was just off the bus in western Comal County when the Smithson Valley Rangers came with an ambush — four touchdowns in the first quarter for a 28-0 lead.

The Rangers kept the touchdowns coming and sent the Lobos to a 61-18 defeat.

The loss drops Lehman to 3-4 overall and 0-3 in District 27-4A, leaving its playoff hopes dire. Smithson Valley is 5-1 and 2-0.

Smithson Valley shut down Lehman running back Levi Medley, who finished with 42 yards in 17 carries. Medley averaged 7.1 yards per carry during the previous four Lehman games.

Smithson Valley finished with 373 total yards, but with no one rushing for more than 66 yards, no one receiving for more than 44 yards and no one passing for more than 100 yards. Joey Dominguez was the all-purpose offense leader for the Rangers, completing four of four passes for 100 yards and rushing for 27 yards in four attempts.

Back at quarterback for Lehman, Harvest Trammell led the Lobos, completing eight of 15 passes for 139 yards and rushing for 25 yards in 14 attempts.

Lehman plays at home next Friday against Alamo Heights. Smithson Valley goes to Alamo Heights for a meeting between the two remaining unbeaten teams in the district.

Texas Military Institute 27, San Marcos Academy 14

Texas Military Institute (TMI) won the line of scrimmage and the middle of the game at San Marcos Academy (SMA) Friday, spoiling the Bears’ homecoming with a 27-14 win.

TMI outgained SMA, 439 yards to 213, amassing 430 yards on the ground. Two TMI rushers topped 150 yards. Sailor Metz rushed 26 times for 195 yards and three touchdowns, while Matthew Tawil carried 23 times for 154 yards and a touchdown.

Tawil ran two yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and Metz ran one yard for a touchdown in the third quarter, giving TMI a 14-0 lead. A two-yard touchdown run by Metz early in the fourth quarter gave TMI a 21-0 lead. A 10-yard touchdown run for Mets later made it 27-7.

SMA scored on a one-yard run by Ty Meriweather and Jonathan Powell’s 30-yard pass to Brett Mackell.

Meriweather rushed for 76 yards in nine attempts. Powell rushed for 71 yards in 15 attempts and completed two of nine passes for 35 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

The Bears fell to 3-3 overall and 0-1 in TAPPS DII-3 in the district opener for both teams. TMI is 1-0 and 2-5.

SMA will play next Friday at Corpus Christi John Paul II, which is 2-3 overall and has yet to play in the district after a bye this week. TMI will be at home against San Antonio Christian, which is 4-2 and 1-0 after a 47-30 win Friday night against Hyde Park.

(Editor’s note: The above has been revised to say that New Braunfels rushed for 206 yards in 22 attempts, an average of 9.4 yards per carry.)

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