San Marcos Academy’s Estevan Gutierrez (55) puts pressure on San Antonio Christian quarterback Austin Contrestano (5). The pressure was short lived, as San Antonio Christian chalked up a 43-0 win at Ingram/A+FCU Stadium. Photo by Ronald Oswalt.
A staple of the Hays Rebels offense for eternity has been the quarterback breaking out, one way or another, inside or outside, to cover most of the field with a touchdown run. For a few generations there, it seemed like the Rebels marked up about ten of those every year.
That play was missing last year, and the Rebels ended it with their first losing record since 1985. It came back Friday night, just in time to establish the Rebels once again as a regional player.
An 81-yard touchdown run by Hays quarterback Caleb Kimbro with 5:11 left in the game sealed the Rebels’ 28-19 win against New Braunfels Canyon at Bob Shelton Stadium. The win raised the Rebels to 6-3 overall and 4-1 in District 27-4A.
The Rebels go to Smithson Valley next Friday to end the regular season and decide the district championship. Smithson Valley is 8-1 and 5-0 after a 49-7 win at Lockhart (0-9, 0-5). Alamo Heights (7-2, 4-1) had Friday night off and will end the regular season next Friday at Lehman (3-6, 0-5).
If the Rebels win at Smithson Valley and Alamo Heights beats Lehman, then Hays, Smithson Valley and Alamo Heights will finish in a three-way tie for first place, and the first tiebreaker (results of games among those teams) will be even. If Hays wins and Alamo Heights loses, then Hays will be the district champion.
Running back Jaxson Schaubhut rushed nine times for 134 yards, leading a Hays running attack that stacked up 290 yards. Kimbro finished with 104 yards in seven carries. Hays passed for 48 yards.
The Hays defense held Canyon to 212 total yards. Canyon running back Donovan Wright led the way with 98 rushing yards in 17 carries. Canyon finished the regular season 4-6 and 3-3, clinching fourth place and the district’s final playoff spot.
Wimberley 42, Navarro 28
Wimberley held off a productive Navarro offense with turnover-free football and a steady offense of its own, clinching District 26-3A with a 42-28 victory.
Wimberley is 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the district heading to next Friday’s regular season finale at Boerne, which is 4-5 and 2-2 after a 44-26 win against Bandera this week. Navarro is 7-2 and 3-1 going to the end of the regular season next week with Fredericksburg trekking to Geronimo. Fredericksburg is 1-8 and 1-3 going to its final game after a 35-20 loss to Canyon Lake (4-5, 2-2) Friday night.
There will be nothing on the line as far as playoff entry in the district next week, as the berths have been clinched by Wimberley, Navarro, Canyon Lake and Boerne.
Wimberley took control right away against Navarro, with Jared Kutz returning the opening kick 85 yards for a touchdown. Later in the first quarter, former San Marcos Rattler Hunter Burttschell caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Brady Lambert for a 14-0 lead. Lambert ran ten yards for a touchdown on the second play of the second quarter, making it 21-0 for Wimberley.
A one-yard touchdown run by Lambert early in the fourth quarter put an exclamation point on the district championship, pushing the Texans to a 42-14 lead.
Wimberley produced nothing extravagant offensively. Lambert was 10 for 22, passing for 111 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Lambert also led the Texans rushing attack with 95 yards in 17 carries.
The Texans finished with 342 total yards, compared with 401 for Navarro. Eric Schleier rushed for 146 yards in 20 carries to lead Navarro, while quarterback John Bormann completed nine of 16 passes for 181 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Converse Judson 52, San Marcos 7
Another night of futility for the San Marcos offense led to another lopsided loss. The Rattlers offense managed only 228 yards and made five turnovers, making it easy for Converse Judson to claim a 52-7 win Friday night at Bobcat Stadium.
The Rattlers fell to 0-9 overall and 0-4 in District 25-5A. Judson is 6-3 and 3-1.
The San Marcos season will end next Friday at Steele, which is 7-2 and 4-0 after a 34-0 win Friday at San Antonio Wagner (3-6, 1-3). The win clinched the district championship for Steele.
San Marcos quarterbacks threw 13 passes against Judson. Two of those passes were caught by San Marcos receivers and four were caught by Judson defenders. The Rockets scored two touchdowns on interception returns — a 31-yard return by Jarveon Williams very early in the first quarter, and a 60-yard return by Dionte Thomas on the last play of the second quarter, giving the Rockets a 47-0 lead.
Judson needed only 265 total offensive yards to mark up this romp. Its leading offensive performer, Quaylon Jones, rushed nine times for 92 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown run on the last play of the first quarter.
Schertz Clemens 34, Lehman 20
Lehman fell behind early and couldn’t catch up Friday night, losing, 34-20, at Schertz Clemens.
The loss dropped Lehman to 3-6 overall and 0-4 in District 27-4A. Clemens is 4-5 and 2-3. Both teams are out of the running for the playoffs.
Clemens took a 21-7 lead in the first quarter Friday night as quarterback Shawn Rutkowski threw two touchdown passes. The Lobos spent the rest of the night playing catch up.
Lehman quarterback Matt Anguiano completed 22 of 37 passes for 193 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
The Lobos came within 21-14 with a 14-yard touchdown run by Jaylon Hardaway with 8:24 left in the first half. But Clemens built the lead back up to 28-14 with an 11-yard touchdown run by Devante Morris as 1:02 remained in the first half.
Cedar Park 38, Dripping Springs 3
Dripping Springs never had a prayer in its 38-3 loss Friday night at Cedar Park.
The home standing Timberwolves outgained their visitors, 440 total yards to 165 total yards, and took a 21-3 lead in the first quarter. Running back Brian Hogan led the way with 187 rushing yards in eight carries, including a 71-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Cedar Park improves to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in District 25-4A. The Timberwolves will play at three-time defending state champion Lake Travis for the district title. Lake Travis is 8-1 and 4-1 after Friday night’s 45-0 drubbing of Marble Falls.
Dripping Springs ends its season with records of 4-6 and 2-4.
San Antonio Christian 43, San Marcos Academy 0
San Marcos Academy (SMA) fell to 0-3 in TAPPS DII-3 and 3-6 overall. The Bears will finish their season next Friday night at Hyde Park.
San Antonio Christian is 7-2 and 4-0, clinching the district. The Lions close out their regular season next Friday at Victoria St. Joseph.