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September 19th, 2009
Rebels start a rare 0-4


Friday night brought some of the worst news in more than a decade to the Hays High School football team, which fell to 0-4 with a 40-35 loss to McCallum at House Park.

The Rebels entered Friday’s game with their first 0-3 start since 1999. Records aren’t immediately available to show the last time Hays lost its first four games, but it’s been a long time. The Rebels had lost as many as four times in an entire regular season only six times since 1989.

Friday night, the Rebels couldn’t stop a McCallum offense that totaled 566 yards, including a performance of 247 rushing yards by Michael Sorrels.

The Hays defense and offense were every bit as productive in the first half — the defense because it forced four turnovers, and the offense because it turned them into touchdowns. The Rebels held a 28-14 lead into the second quarter, but McCallum rallied with two touchdowns to come within 28-27 at halftime.

The Rebels improved their lead back to 35-27 in the third period, when Sam Breyfogle threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Kaimen Carpenter. But Sorrels ran eight yards to bring McCallum within 35-34, then Sorrels tore off a 66-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter that gave McCallum a 40-35 lead.

The Rebels couldn’t rally in the fourth quarter, as they punted on their last three possessions.

Breyfogle completed six of nine passes for 152 yards, including a touchdown throw for 47 yards to Anthony Pesina. Hays running back Torrance Smith ran for touchdowns of two and three yards in the first half.

The Rebels are on a six-game losing streak out of their district. The streak began with a 35-24 loss last season at home to Rosenberg Lamar, which was defending a Class 4A state championship. Later last year, the Rebels lost, 26-14, to Magnolia in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

The Rebels started this season with a 34-14 loss at home to Class 5A Bastrop, then lost on the road, 35-14, to Class 5A Anderson. Last week, the Rebels lost at home to Class 5A Bowie, one of the better teams in the Austin area, 26-3.

Bastrop, Anderson and Bowie are a combined 8-0 this year.

McCallum, 2-2, isn’t quite in that company, though it appears to be a pretty sure playoff team coming out of District 26-4A.

The Rebels go to Rosenberg Lamar next Saturday for their last district game before they take a week off, then start the District 17-4A season against Elgin at Bob Shelton Stadium on Oct. 9.

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