• November 20, 2014

3A-2A-SIXMAN BLITZ REWIND: Badgers nearly make spectacular comeback on the ground

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Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 9:24 am, Thu Sep 11, 2014.

Typically when a team scores 30 points in the fourth quarter and attempts to mount a comeback, it happens through the air. 

But on Friday, the Lampasas Badgers kept it on the ground and almost overcame a 16-point deficit without one of their biggest offensive weapons.

Even without Gary Spencer, the Badgers still rushed for more than 500 yards and scored 30 points in the fourth quarter of a 58-57 loss to Llano.

Spencer missed the game with a leg injury, but five different Badgers combined for 64 carries and eight rushing scores. Steven Jazdyk led the way for the Badger rush attack with 298 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries. Jazdyk averaged a first down every time he carried the ball.

Cale Walker nearly gave Lampasas its second 200-yard rusher of the game. Walker rushed for 194 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 carries.

Logan Irvin also had two touchdowns and 34 yards on 11 carries.

The Badger offense only punted once and completed just 4 of 12 passes for 79 yards and an interception.

Lometa’s ground game stings No. 23 Zephyr

Lometa running back R.J. Haggard continues to torch opposing run defenses and the Hornets continue to sting district opponents this season.

Haggard rushed for more than 200 yards for the second straight week and Lometa knocked off No. 23 Zephyr 46-31 at Hornets Stadium.

Haggard rushed for 252 yards against Zephyr. That performance came a week after accumulating 233 yards rushing in an 82-60 win over Rochelle.

“Our offensive line blocked a lot better this week and the defense stepped up and played better as well,” Lometa head coach Jim Simpson said.

The Hornets (6-2, 2-0 District 9-Six Man, Div. I) enter their bye week in sole possession of first place. Lometa is a half game in front of second-place May and two in front of third-place Rochelle with two district games remaining.

The top two teams in the district advance to the playoffs.

The road to the postseason doesn’t get any easier for Lometa. The Hornets visit No. 23 Santa Anna (4-3, 0-2) on Nov. 1 then host No. 8 May (7-0, 1-0) to close out the season on Nov. 8.

“Rankings don’t mean a lot, but anytime you beat a good caliber team like that, it does a lot for the kids,” Simpson said.

— Albert Alvarado

Salado runs out of time against Troy

When Soth Solis scored on an option play from 6 yards to early in the fourth, Troy seemed to have the game in control with a 25-point lead.

But Salado was hardly done, scoring 15 unanswered points to pull within 10 before ultimately falling by a score of 42-32.

It was the second time Salado rallied in the game as the Eagles fell behind by 14 in the opening quarter but pulled within 21-14 by the 10:12 mark in the second quarter thanks to a 5-yard touchdown run by Chase Crenwelge.

The Eagles’ fourth-quarter rally came courtesy of a 2-yard run by Ryan Simmons and a 9-yard touchdown pass from McLane Carter to Kade Spears.

Simmons led the Eagles (1-6, 1-3 13-2A Div. I) with 131 rushing yards and two touchdowns while Spears had 10 receptions in the game.

Troy, however, gained enough breathing room in the second half, thanks to 170 rushing yards from Coby Herring and 151 from quarterback Kyle Whitley.

The Eagles visit Little River-Academy next.

— Jordan Mason

Hornets get blown out in Burnet

Every year since 2009, the home team has won the matchup, and Friday was no different as Gatesville suffered its worst loss of the season Friday at Burnet.

If any, few positives showed on the stat line of the 45-0 loss.

District 8-3A’s leading pass defense came into Week 6 allowing 84.3 air yards a game, but gave up 216 throwing yards to the district’s best offense.

The Hornets managed only 138 total yards on a defense that entered giving up an average of 351.2.

Gatesville’s lost fumbles — three — matched their previous season total, and the team punted seven times.

Last year, the Hornets (3-4, 1-1 District 8-3A) stung the Bulldogs (5-2, 1-1) for a 44-19 loss at McKamie Stadium en route to a 13-1 campaign and an undefeated regular season.

— Brian Bradley

Florence drops fifth straight

The Florence special teams unit did not do its defense any favors.

A 15-yard punt following the Buffaloes’ game-opening series led to the first of five Little River-Academy first-half touchdowns as Florence dropped its fifth straight game, 41-6, and remains winless in District 13-2A, Div. I play.

In the first half, the Bumblebees’ offense started its drives at the Florence 42-yard line on average and scored touchdowns on all five possessions in the first two quarters, building a 34-6 lead at halftime.

Further complicating the Buffaloes’ field position woes was Academy kicker Eric Bigon.

The senior booted all but one kickoff through the back of the end zone. The only one that was returned was the game’s opening kickoff, which Florence’s Lendell Freeman returned 28 yards to the Buffaloes’ 20-yard line.

Florence went three-and-out on the drive and the 15-yard punt set up Bees with the first of their short-field scoring opportunities.

— Kevin Posival

THIS WEEK:

  • Brownwood (3-4, 1-1 8-3A) at Lampasas (2-5, 0-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday: Lampasas looks to break an eight-game district losing streak that dates back to 2011. The Badgers haven’t won a district game since beating Taylor 58-50 during the regular season finale in 2011.
  • Lago Vista (4-3, 2-2 13-2A Div. I) at Florence (1-6, 0-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday: The Vikings have won two in a row, including a 27-20 upset of then-No. 1 Cameron Yoe two weeks ago and a 35-14 win over Marlin on Friday. Meanwhile, the Buffaloes have lost five straight and are still looking for district win No. 1 following their 41-6 loss to Little River-Academy in their homecoming game last week.
  • Llano (3-4, 1-1 8-3A) at Gatesville (3-4, 1-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday: The Hornets swarmed Llano last year for a 41-7 win, on the road to the state quarterfinals.
  • Lometa (6-2, 2-0 9-Six Man Div. I), bye.
  • Salado (1-6, 1-3 13-2A Div. I) at Little River-Academy (3-4, 1-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday: Salado looks to begin making up ground in the district race against a Bumblebee team coming off its first district win.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 10.3 — Yards per carry for Lampasas’ Steven Jazdyk in Friday’s 58-57 loss at Llano.
  • 10 — Catches by Salado WR Kade Spears in the Eagles’ 42-32 loss to Troy on Friday.
  • 42 — Average length of scoring drives for Academy’s five first-half touchdowns in Florence.
  • 32 — Passing yards for Gatesville in a 45-0 loss in Burnet.
  • 41 — Points per game allowed by Santa Anna, Lometa’s next opponent.

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