Lampasas needed a confidence boost following its home loss to Smithville in the season opener. Against Austin Travis, the Badgers got it.
In the first week of the season, Lampasas fumbled the ball four times, committed momentum-killing penalties and did not find the end zone until the fourth quarter as the team matched its regular-season loss total from a year ago.
But the Badgers proved they are back on the right track by rallying from a 21-12 halftime deficit to beat the Rebels 33-27 on Friday.
Running back Steven Jazdyk led the way with 232 yard on 23 carries to go with two rushing touchdowns. More importantly, the junior hauled in the game-winning touchdown pass — the Badgers’ only completion of the contest — in the fourth quarter
The only drawback for Lampasas in the victory was its continuing problem holding on to the ball. The Badgers fumbled three times, but were fortunate enough to not lose any, unlike last week, when they turned the ball over three times.
Gatesville QB leads ground game
Despite failing to find a rhythm passing, Cole Edmiston continues to find ways to lead his team to victory.
Gatesville’s senior quarterback ended his junior season with 1,123 passing yards and 12 touchdowns and was expected to be one of the premier passers in District 8-3A this year.
So far, that has not happened. In two games, Edmiston has completed just 20 of 41 passes for 232 yards with a pair of interceptions. Nevertheless, the Hornets are 2-0 following Friday’s 33-21 road win against Waco University, and Edmiston is a major reason why.
Against the Trojans, Edmiston produced a game-high 141 rushing yards and ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown that gave Gatesville a lead it would not relinquish. Running back Jake Kee added 119 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win.
The Hornets could become a serious offensive juggernaut if Edmiston finds his passing touch.
Buffs shut down Tigers
Defense had been a issue at Florence since Paul Smith took over the program a little more than three years ago. In 32 games played, the Buffaloes have only held their opponents to under 20 points four times.
Saturday, though, they pitched their first shutout.
Florence held Thrall to only 154 total yards in the 20-0 win, giving up 103 yards on the ground and only 51 in the air to the Tigers.
The Buffaloes also forced three turnovers, including one that set up Florence on the Thrall 2-yard line.
Florence also had six sacks in the win.
Injuries decimate Eagles’ O
Going into the season, Salado was counting on junior dual-threat quarterback Ryan Simmons to help carry the team offensively.
In Week 0, he did just that, combining on 329 yards of total offense, including a team-high 174 rushing and two touchdowns in a 35-21 loss. But on the last drive of that game, Simmons suffered a severe shoulder injury that forced him to sit out Friday’s game against Lorena.
Of course, he wasn’t the only Eagle to miss time this week. In all, Salado was without six starters, including injuries to tailbacks Dakota Creasy and Fabian Sauceda, and with a majority of the team playing on both sides of the ball, the losses were only compounded.
The result was an embarrassing 43-6 rout by the Leopards, who relentlessly blitzed backup quarterback Davis Little and didn’t allow the Eagles offense much opportunity to move. Salado amassed only 99 yards, including just 70 rushing on 28 attempts for a dismal 2.5 yards-per-carry average.
By the Numbers
- 9 — Penalties committed by Lampasas in its home win against Austin Travis, accounting for 52 yards.
- 1 — Times Gatesville was forced to punt in its Week 1 matchup on the road versus Waco University.
- 46 — Yards gained by Florence that Kaleb Hardy did not play a hand in. The senior had 234 yards passing and 138 rushing in the win.
- 9.175 — Average yards per carry for Lorena as the Leopards racked up 523 yards on 57 carries, marking the second straight week that the Eagles defense surrendered more than 500 yards of total offense.
- Lampasas (1-1) at Lorena (1-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday —The Badgers will receive their first road test of the season against the Leopards, who generated 518 rushing yards while evening their record with a 37-point road win at Salado.
- Gatesville (2-0) at Waco Connally (1-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday — The Hornets will be looking for a measure of revenge against their former district rival, which traveled to Gatesville and earned a 20-7 victory in 2011.
- Thorndale (2-0) at Florence (1-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday — After giving up 48 points to Rosebud-Lott in Week 0, the Buffaloes responded by shutting out Thrall. The Bulldogs, though, have averaged 49 points in each of their wins, blowing out Somerville and Chilton.
- Salado (0-2) at China Spring (1-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday — Still seeking their first win of the season, the struggling Eagles will face a Cougars team that put up 69 points in a season-opening rout of Mexia but lost to Glen Rose in the final minutes, 35-28, after taking an early 21-7 lead. It’s also China Spring’s homecoming game.
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Staff writers Nick Talbot and Alex Byington contributed to this report.