Terrance Carter ran for two touchdowns and the undefeated Liberty Hill Lions handed Smith its first loss, 14-6 on Tuesday, and earned a spot in next Tuesday’s eighth-grade Killeen ISD championship game against Audie Murphy at Leo Buckley Stadium.
The Lions (7-0, 5-0 conference) forced four turnovers and held the Leopards 38 points below their season average. Smith’s only points came on a 70-yard fumble return in the first quarter.
Liberty Hill led all the way after Carter scored on a 7-yard run and Mikail Denton added the PAT for a 7-0 first quarter lead.
Carter scored again in the second quarter and Marcus Maple added the PAT.
Smith had a 97-yard fumble return wiped out by a clipping penalty. The Lions had two scores of their own negated by penalties.
Other offensive standouts for Liberty Hill were Nehemia Costley and Romeo Tauaa.
The Lions’ Demontre Brown forced two fumbles — one recovered by Eric Moore and the other by Dominique Choquette. Leo Rhome III also recovered a fumble. Malyke Whitted had an interception. Gerald Fuavai also stood out on defense.
AUDIE MURPHY 8A 19, UNION GROVE 8A 0.
PALO ALTO 8A 19, MANOR 8A 0: Khamari Terrell scored on a 30-yard run and 70-yard fumble return and the Patriots finished the season on a two-game winning streak after an 0-5 start that included a pair of one-point losses.
Markerio Alexander caught a 40 yard pass from Devean Marshall. Other offensive standouts for Palo Alto were Antwone Gonzales, Tayvon Mcmanemy, Akari Morris and Bryar Kohler.
Defensively, Trevon Perry forced two fumbles. Desmond Oliver recovered a fumble. Other standouts were defensive backs Elijah Pettus, Latavis Williams and Daveon Green, Tyler Groves, Jonathan Rivas, Jonathan Layton and Isiah Rios.
UNION GROVE 8B 20, AUDIE MURPHY 8B 0: Thomas Green scored a touchdown and two extra points to lead the Grizzlies to a victory.
Damian Mora and Gemini London-Edwards also scored for Union Grove.
Ezekiel Soto, Michael Hudak and Tyler Barr were defensive standouts.
LIBERTY HILL 8B 25, SMITH 8B 15: U’Riyah Evans tossed two touchdown passes and ran for two more TDs and the Lions pulled away in the second half to win a battle of unbeatens and finish the season with the conference championship.
Anthony Millender broke a 13-13 halftime tie with a 6-yard TD catch from Evans — their second connection of the game — in the third quarter. Evans added an insurance score with his 3-yard run later in the game.
Smith’s only second-half points came on a blocked PAT that was returned for two points.
Nigel Throne was another offensive standout for the Lions (7-0, 5-0 conference).
Kishaun Dantzler recovered a fumble for Liberty Hill. Other defensive standouts were Kyle Winner, Lamont Williams, Davion Washington and Malachi Seawood-Martinez.
MANOR 7A 36, PALO ALTO 7A 0: Ismond Ware had a touchdown pass and TD run, and Amare Johnson had a TD pass and TD catch as the Rams advanced to Tuesday’s championship game against Patterson at Leo Buckley Stadium.
Jakobe Deloach and De Von Te Johnson also ran for Manor touchdowns.
Aaron Barnwell and To’O To’O Maugaotega were defensive standouts.
Nickolas Caldwell, Joseph Turner, Junior Ramirez and Austin Hall were offensive standouts for Palo Alto. Defensively, Demontre Chapman, Elijah Hunter, Ryan Tristan and Timothy Holland played well.
LIBERTY HILL 7A 20, SMITH 7A 13: Jamyron Keller scored two touchdowns and the Lions won their season finale.
Isaac Diaz also scored for Liberty Hill (3-4, 2-3 conference).
La’Dainian Gonzalez, Isaac Ramirez and Ta’Shun Berry led the Liberty Hill defense.
Jamarius Stewart and Jeante Jeanty led the rushing attack for Smith.
EASTERN HILLS 7A 25, NOLAN 7A 13: The Mustangs scored two long touchdowns but came up short in their season finale.
Irving Fuentes returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown, and Jacob Castro scored on a 50-yard pass from Nate Morgan,
Dwayne Allen followed good blocking from Ben Costin for the Mustangs’ extra point.
Defensive standouts for Nolan were Marquise Collins, Alexsander Estrada, Alexis Estrada and Jonathan Jeune.
LIVE OAK RIDGE 7A 14, RANCIER 7A 7: At Rancier, De’Vontez Lewis had a 58-yard touchdown run and an interception in the Ka-Roos’ season-ending loss.
Lino Tauiliili, Damarion Huey and Tanner Meloon led the Rancier defense.
UNION GROVE 7A 36, AUDIE MURPHY 7A 0: At Audie Murphy, Aimeer Washington scored four touchdowns — three rushing, one receiving — to lead the Grizzlies to a victory in their season finale.
Washington tallied 155 combined rushing and receiving yards, and led the defense with seven tackles.
Shavar Walker threw a touchdown pass. Dayne Holden ran for a touchdown. Re’Shaun Sanford added 99 yards rushing. Issac Hernandez added eight extra points.
Other offensive standouts for Union Grove (5-2) were Evan Chatman, Garrett Isely, Thomas Connolly and Issac Hernandez
Chatman and Marcus McMillan each had interceptions. Other defensive standouts were Jaydon Chatman, Brandon Irving, Thomas Connolly, Alexander Bailey, Floyd Baldon, Ryan Shine, Gaige Shoop, Angel Feliciano-Serhan, Garrett Isley and Dylan Dubreuil.
SMITH 7B 19, LIBERTY HILL 7B 12: Jaylin Robinson ran for two touchdowns and scored on an interception return as the Leopards finished the season on a winning not.
Trent Ward scored twice for Liberty Hill (4-2, 3-1 conference), including a touchdown pass from Dylan Thomas. Reggie Randle was another offensive standout for the Lions.
Luke Fulton, Ryan Allen and Anthony Molina led the Liberty Hill defense.
NOLAN 7B 20, EASTERN HILLS 7B 0: Isaiah Fant scored two touchdowns and two extra points and the Mustangs won their finale.
Matias Lizama picked off a pass and returned it 32 yards for Nolan’s other touchdown.
Quarterback Marcellus Jackson led the Mustangs on two long drives, aided by the blocking of Matias
Lizama, Robert McGee, Christian Barbosa, Joseph Marchione, Kevin Lopez and Gyu Min Kim.
Other defensive standouts were Cesar Hernandez (fumble recovery), Louie Yang, Raul Mejia and Gearon Wideman (3 sacks, fumble recovery).
UNION GROVE 7B 39, AUDIE MURPHY 7B 0: At Audie Murphy, Rigoverto Medina returned the opening kickoff 55 yards for touchdown and finished with two more TDs and 94 yards rushing in the Grizzlies’ season-ending win.
Medina also led Union Grove (6-1) with seven tackles for loss.
Joe Lane added 85 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Jett Millsap tossed a 15-yard TD pass to Cade Perry.
Other defensive standouts were Cade Perry, Charles Williams (fumble recovery), Amaree Head, Lamont Ferbee, Cody Sisson, Kevin Ro, Haris Shaikh, Tyler Rivera, Marcos Ritter, Julius Haith (interception), Davide Nielsen, Jaleel Weaver and Kaden Young.
UNION GROVE 7A DEF. SMITH 7A 25-10, 25-6: Faryn Morris served 19 points and the undefeated Grizzlies earned a spot in Monday’s championship match against Manor at Shoemaker High School.
Other scorers for Union Grove (13-0) were Jaliah Evans (10 points), Sakoya Lopez (four) and Keonna Otis, Nykaela Burks and Gloria Iosefo (one each).
Other standouts were Kaley Lelauti and Alicia Mora.
PATTERSON 8A DEF. SMITH 8A 25-23, 21-25, 25-19: Ichani Norman served 11 points to go with four kills and three blocks and the Lady Cavaliers advanced to Monday’s championship match against Eastern Hills at Shoemaker High School.
Other contributors for Patterson were Evelyn Lorenzo (seven points, one kill), Raina Fergurgur (one assist), Naudia Vasquez (one kill), Ariana Moore (two kills and three points), Natajha Jenkins (two kills and five points), Kylie Swanson (one kill, four assists and 12 points), Kira Bass (three kills and three blocks), Natalie Penman (one kill and one block) and Nicole Evans (11 points, one ace).
MANOR 7A DEF. PALO ALTO 7A: The Lady Rams finished the regular season as undefeated conference champions with a sweep of Palo Alto.
Amaiyah Dawson, Leilani Manafeiga, Joselys Melecio, Assiah Howard (one kill) Brenlys Diaz and Myaunni Mayfield all contributed to the victory.
UNION GROVE 7A DEF. AUDIE MURPHY 7A 25-7, 25-16: Jaliah Evans served 13 points and the Grizzlies will take a perfect regular season mark into the postseason championship tournament.
Other scorers for Union Grove (12-0, 4-0 conference) were Alicia Mora (eight points), Kaley Lelauti (six), Gloria Iosefo (three) and Sakoya Lopez and Brooke Ross (two each). Eloise Shirley and Olivia Milliner had some great tips and plays at the net.
MANOR 7B DEF. PALO ALTO 7B: Tenia Wright served seven straight points to help the Lady Rams win their season finale.
Other standouts for Manor were Amari Estep, Taniyah Cunningham, Jayna Luna and Amanda Costa.
UNION GROVE 7B DEF. AUDIE MURPHY 7B 25-15, 25-13: Faith Leveck served 18 points and the Grizzlies capped a perfect season.
Other scorers for Union Grove (11-0, 4-0 conference) were Saniyah Johnson (seven points), Nevaeh
Halbach (six), Aiyanna Williams (five) and Aryam Quiroz (two).
AUDIE MURPHY 8A DEF. UNION GROVE 8A 25-23, 25-23: Karley Hansen served five points to lead the defeated Grizzlies.
Other scorers for Union Grove (5-6, 1-3 conference) were Alexandria Cloud, Aryana Martin and Janae Deauvearo (four points each) and Mary Allen (two). Other standouts were Evan Fuller and Temiya Johnson.
UNION GROVE 8B DEF. AUDIE MURPHY 8B 25-16, 28-26: Kanaiya Blackmon served nine points as the Grizzlies closed the season with a victory.
Other scorers for Union Grove (8-2, 3-1 conference) were Keni Moore and Savannah Seldon (seven points each), Shakira Shackleford and Clarissa Gutierrez (two each) and Emma Salazar and Jocelynn Deaton (one each). Zoe Lynn also contributed to the victory.