PFLUGERVILLE — Lampasas had not reached the third round of the playoffs in more than two decades, and it was obvious the Badgers were eager to return.

Junior quarterback Ace Whitehead recorded four total touchdowns in the first half alone, including three in a 28-point second quarter, and Class 4A-Division I No. 6 Lampasas cruised to a 56-6 victory against Gonzales, propelling the

Badgers past the second round for the first time since 1993.

Whitehead completed 16 of 20 passes for 215 yards and four touchdowns and carried the ball six times for 74 yards and two touchdowns, helping Lampasas take immediate control of the contest.

The Badgers held the ball for almost the entire first quarter as Michael Murray Jr. hauled in a 26-yard touchdown pass to complete the game’s opening drive before Lampasas’ defense forced a three-and-out.

On the ensuing possession, the Badgers put together a methodical drive to complete the quarter, and Whitehead found Murray for a 28-yard touchdown on the first snap of the second period.

Lampasas punted away its next possession, but the Apaches would not keep the Badgers out of the end zone again in the half.

Daunte Cuffie ran for a 4-yard score, Whitehead punched in an 8-yard touchdown, and after defensive back Clayton Bever intercepted a pass, Whitehead threw a 41-yard touchdown to Jaylon Porter to finish the first-half scoring and give the Badgers a 35-0 lead.

Gonzales ran just 15 plays for 27 yards in the half, while Lampasas posted 302 yards, including a 15-of-18 showing for 199 yards from Whitehead.

The Apaches crossed the goal line late in the third quarter, but it was not enough to spark a comeback.

Along with Murray, Porter, who also intercepted a pass, scored twice, hauling in three passes for 65 yards, while teammate Cameron Everts had a game-high seven catches for 80 yards. Jack Jerome led the Badgers’ rushing attack with six carries for 98 yards and a touchdown.

The win sets up an encounter with Needville after the Bluejays defeated Boerne 62-24. The game will be played Saturday at noon at San Antonio’s Alamodome.

Contact Clay Whittington at clayw@kdhnews.com

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