By Jeff Howe
FLORENCE The Florence Buffaloes gave Class 2A's No. 1 ranked team all it wanted and them some on Friday night. But in the end, the Rogers Eagles were able to put the pesky Buffs away.
Julius Watts rushed for 227 yards including touchdown runs of 13, 32, and 5 yards as the Eagles survived a scare and left Stampede Stadium in Florence with a 31-21 win over the Buffs in District 25-2A action.
After Watts' first-quarter 13 yard touchdown gave Rogers (7-0, 4-0) a 7-0 lead, Florence (2-5, 0-4) established its game plan of playing ball-control offense as the Buffs ended the opening stanza with a 14-play, 50-yard drive that milked more than six minutes off the clock and culminated with a 1-yard touchdown run by Shane Wiginton.
Watts extended the Rogers lead on the first play of the second quarter with a 32-yard scamper to give the Eagles a 14-6 lead. But the Buffaloes came right back and drove 69 yards in 16 plays, twice converting on fourth down before John Stanczak scored from a yard out.
Wiginton's two point conversion tied the game at 14, but the Eagles answered on their next series as Andrew Brenek's 5-yard touchdown run gave the Eagles a 21-14 lead with less than a minute left in the first half. The Buffs then went to their bag of tricks and forced a 21-21 halftime tie on Wiginton's halfback pass to Michael Gutierrez that went to the house for a 72-yard score and Iovan Ortiz' extra point with 35 seconds left in the half.
Watts scored his third touchdown of the night with just under seven minutes left in the third quarter and the senior also ended the Buffs' final shot by intercepting a pass with nearly five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Rolando Carrizales, who knocked home three of four extra points, booted a 20-yard field goal on the first play of the final period to close the scoring.
Badgers' winning streak comes to a close
WACO Antoine Taylor rushed for 113 yards and three scores to lead Waco University to a come-from-behind, 30-14 win over Lampasas on Friday.
Trailing 14-0 after the first quarter, the Trojans scored 30 straight points to drop the Badgers to 6-1.
Taylor scored on runs of 4, 19, and 2 yards, respectively, the second of which put the Trojans up for good with 3:30 left in the third quarter.
Two University safeties hurt the Badgers as well the first of which came when Lampasas' Sean Cox was tackled in the end zone with 6:50 left in the third quarter. The second came on a bad punt snap through the end zone with 11:49 remaining in the game.
Wade Langley led the Badger effort with 105 yards rushing on 25 carries, including both Lampasas touchdowns on first quarter rushes of 5 and 4 yards respectively.
n Lorena 17, Gatesville 14 Brandon Graves rushed for 156 yards, one touchdown and added a 24-yard field goal to lead Lorena past Gatesville (4-3).
The Leopards overcame a 7-0 deficit with 17 straight points, including Graves' go-ahead touchdown run of 5 yards with 9:41 left in the third quarter.
Lorena later expanded its lead to 17-7 when Taylor Dowdle caught a 12-yard TD pass from Kevin Black with 5:09 left in the game.
Gatesville opened the scoring with a 38-yard pass from Casey Davidson to Philip Taylor with 9:33 left in the first quarter.
The Hornets scored for the final time when Davidson found Joe Patterson with a 10-yard TD pass with four seconds left in the game.
n Central Texas Christian 52, Hill Country Christian 7 Alan Harris ran for 144 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries to lead the Lions to a victory.
Brian Dosa, of Killeen, and Dale Mauch each scored a pair of touchdowns for CTCS (6-1, 3-0 TAPPS 2A Six-Man). Dosa caught three passes for 50 yards and Mauch had 43 yards on two carries, including a 41-yard TD run.
The Lions led 44-7 at halftime.