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There’s not much doubt who owns the high school football bragging rights in western Hays County, and it’s not the team that has been noisy statewide in Class 3A. It’s the team really fighting to be relevant in Class 4A, Dripping Springs.

Dripping Springs sprung a big one on its home field Friday, coming from behind with two fourth quarter bombs from T.J. Coble to Zach Zamora and overtaking Wimberley, 41-36. Dripping Springs won for the first time this season and is 1-2. Wimbeley is 2-1, losing for the first time under head coach Doug Warren.

What this game portends for the season is probably not a lot. Last year, Dripping Springs beat Wimberley, 28-13. But the Tigers finished 3-7 and out of the playoffs, while Wimberley finished 8-4, lasting into the second round.

The Texans held a 36-27 lead early in the fourth quarter after Jacob Madrid caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Colton Cerday, who also threw touchdown passes of 12 yards to West Lambert and eight yards to Alex Mireles while building the lead. But Coble answered with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Zamora to bring the Tigers within 36-34, then threw a 58-yard touchdown to Zamora, rallying the Tigers to their victory.

Wimberley whipped Dripping Springs all over the box score, outgaining the Tigers, 572 yards to 410. Coble completed only 10 of 17 passes for Dripping Springs. But Coble had the big play working and finished with 238 passing yards. In addition to his two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, Coble also threw a 60-yard touchdown to Chance Callihan in the third quarter.

Dripping Springs gave every indication of being in the game from the start, scoring two rushing touchdowns on their way to a 21-7 lead in the second quarter. But Cerday’s arm rallied Wimberley to the second half lead before giving way to Coble’s heroics …

The Hays Rebels lost for the first time under new coach Neal La Hue, 29-20 at Leander Rouse. After falling behind, 16-0 in the second quarter, the Rebels rallied to a 20-16 lead through three quarters and the game was theirs to keep. But Rouse owned the fourth quarter. Billy Ray McCrary ran for a two-yard touchdown and threw 18 yards to Zachary Ayers for another, sending the Rebels home with a loss.

Hays and Rouse both are 2-1. Next Friday, Hays opens its District 27-4A season at Bob Shelton Stadium against Lehman. The Lobos tasted victory for the first time this season Friday night, defeating Anderson, 20-8, at Bob Shelton Stadium. Hays beat Anderson, 21-7, at House Park last week. …

San Marcos Academy lost, 30-0, Friday night against St. Stephen’s at Ingram/A+FCU Stadium. The Bears are 0-3.

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