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Texans roll, Rebels eliminated from football playoffs


With the possibility that star running back Dennis Smith will return next week, Wimberley running back Trinity Wilson gave a demonstration of his capabilities Friday night, rushing for 208 yards as the Texans hammered Llano, 55-20, in the first round of the Class 3A high school football playoffs at Dragon Stadium in Round Rock.

Wilson added three touchdowns, including scoring runs of 65 and 33 yards. The Texans totaled 528 yards as they improved to 11-0. Llano is out of the playoffs at 6-5.

The Texans are on their way to the second round next week against Cuero (9-2), which needed overtime to squeeze past Devine, 29-28, Friday night. The Texans beat Cuero, 49-42, the first Friday night of the season.

Brennan Blakemore scored two touchdowns for the Texans, including a 34-yard run and an 83-yard pass from quarterback Brady Lambert.

Josh Gray opened the Wimberley scoring with a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown with 7:48 left in the first quarter.  Wimberley kept it moving and put up a 27-0 halftime lead.

Lambert finished the night with seven completions in 20 passing attempts for 190 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

With Smith missing the last six games, the Texans have three players with right around 700 rushing yards for the season. Smith still leads with 720 yards, followed by Lambert with 707 and Wilson with 682.

Kerrville Tivy 49, Hays 21

A little too much of Johnny Manzeil put an end to the Hays Rebels Friday night in Schertz.

Manzeil completed 14 of 21 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns as Kerrville Tivy downed the Rebels, 49-21, in the first round of the Class 4A state high school football playoffs. Manzeil also rushed for 143 yards. He entered the game averaging 441 yards per game of total offense.

The Rebels intercepted Manzeil twice, which is the total number of interceptions he had thrown all season. But Manzeil also had a hand in seven touchdowns, including his three rushing scored. Manzeil, is committed to Texas A&M, went to the bench in the middle of the third quarter as Tivy called off the dogs with a 49-14 lead.

Manzeil’s last play was a scrambling 42-yard touchdown pass to Deron Belford with 7:42 left in the third quarter. It was his 42nd touchdown pass this season.

Hays opened the scoring with a 30-yard touchdown run by Michael Romero with 5:09 left in the first quarter. But the Antlers stormed back with five touchdowns in less than 13 minutes for a 35-6 lead with 4:31 left in the first half.

Tivy, which hadn’t played in two weeks, finished the night with 502 yards of total offense. The Rebels totaled 339 total yards. Romero led the Hays offense with 153 rushing yards.

The Rebels end the season 6-5. Tivy, 10-1, will play next Friday against Lake Travis (10-1) at Heroes Stadium in San Antonio. Tivy suffered its only loss of the year to Lake Travis, 37-33, on Sept. 17.