Quarterback Ace Whitehead accounted for five touchdowns and No. 6 Lampasas beat Freeport Brazosport for the second straight year in the bi-district round of the Division I-4A playoffs, 42-14 on Friday in Buda.

The Badgers scored 21 unanswered points to start the game and responded with another 21-point burst when the Exporters cut the lead to 21-14 in the third quarter.

Brazosport (6-5) missed a chance to grab an early lead when it dropped a fourth-and-long touchdown pass in the end zone.

The Badgers then drove 65 yards, capped by Whitehead scrambling into the end zone for an 11-yard score.

On Lampasas' next drive, the Badgers converted on fourth down at the Exporter 44. Daunte Cuffie finished the 11-play, 67-yard drive with a 1-yard run.

The Badgers went up 21-0 with 4:43 left in the half when Whitehead found a wide-open Cameron Everts for a 54-yard touchdown.

The Exporters got on the board in the final minute of the half on an 18-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Alex Villareal to running back Paul Woodard. 

In the opening minute of the second half, Villareal tossed a 63-yard strike to Ray Bell to close the gap to 21-14.

Whitehead answered with TD runs of 9 and 3 yards and the Badgers were back in command 35-14 at the end of three quarters.

Whitehead wasn't done, though, connecting with tight end Brenton Webb for an 18-yard touchdown to cap the scoring.

It was the second straight year the Badgers scored 42 points in their playoff opener. They topped the Exporters 42-35 last season.

The Badgers take an eight-game winning streak into their second-round matchup against Gonzales (8-2), which rolled to a 48-27 win over Rio Grande City Grulla on Friday in Corpus Christi. Lampasas is looking to advance to the third round for the first time since 1994.

254-501-7464 | hking@kdhnews.com

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