Call it a statement win.
Not many people predicted the Lampasas Badgers would defeat Smithville. And those who did — outside of Lampasas, of course — could not have imagined what happened last Friday.
The Badgers ran over Smithville on Friday 47-6, dominating on the ground and with big plays. Steven Jazdyk broke free for an 89-yard kickoff return. Gary Spencer had a 62-yard touchdown run. Jazdyk had a 61-yard touchdown run and Bobby Joe Nielsen scored on a 25-yard interception.
The big plays turned what was a reasonably close game on the stat sheet into a colossal blowout on the field.
Simply put, the Badgers are contenders again.
And it did not take long to get there, unlike in years past. In 2011, behind Secody Howard, Brandon Scott and perhaps the most talented class in Lampasas history, the Badgers went 10-2.
Last season, they went 1-9 and it looked like the run former coach Joey McQueen (22-14 in three years) had started was over. The two years prior to that run Lampasas was 0-20.
But that run — and some familiar territory — was what it took to draw current head coach Brian Emerson to the job. Emerson led Blanco to a consecutive state title games, winning it all in 2001.
Now, he has Lampasas believing he could do the same for it.
Hornets beaten in the air
Not once, or twice, but three times Waco Reicher did it.
Payne Sullins to Andrew Estes. That was the combination that worked.
The duo hooked up in the first quarter as Sullins found Estes open for a 66-yard touchdown strike.
Then in the third quarter, the duo hit another bomb, this time for 74 yards. In the fourth quarter, the touchdown pass was for 63 yards.
Overall, Reicher had 317 yards passing on only 21 attempts. Meanwhile, the Hornets had only 69. Gatesville won the battle on the ground by the same margin (230 to 61), but the big plays did the Hornets in at the end.
Gatesville vs. Waco University, 7:30 p.m. today: The Hornets are scheduled to play their official home opener after construction at McKamie Stadium forced them to play at McGregor last week.