By Nick Talbot
Killeen Daily Herald
LOTT – The "Thompson boys" were just too fast for Florence.
Ernesto Flores and DeAndre Thompson, who are cousins, ran ragged over the Buffaloes en route to Rosebud-Lott's 48-29 win Friday at Cougar Field.
"We call ourselves that, because my mom is a Thompson," Flores said.
Flores was 13-of-16 passing for 181 yards and ran for 160 more, while Thompson burned up the ground for 154 yards and was on the receiving end of 69 more, including a 55-yard dagger that put the Cougars up 33-21 at the end of the third quarter.
It was his fourth of his five touchdowns.
"Honestly, I did not think I was going to catch it," Thompson said.
However, his quarterback had faith.
"I knew he was going to get it," Flores said. "Every time I throw him the ball I know he is going to get it."
However, Florence (1-3) opened up the scoring, driving 77 yards in nine plays, and capping it off with a 1-yard touchdown run by Travis Applequist.
The Cougars (2-2) answered with a 70-yard drive. And they did it quicker.
Thompson carried five times for 52 yards, including a 29-yard run, and scored from 3 yards out to tie the game at 6.
Rosebud-Lott kept humming on the next drive.
Flores connected with Adam Portillo for a 37-yard pass that put the Cougars into Florence territory. Then, on a second and 18 from the Buffaloes 36, Flores took off with a dazzling criss-cross run and took the ball down to the 15. The senior quarterback then took it himself for the score and the 13-6 lead.
"We do not have that speed. I don't think anyone in our district has cats like that … We just got out-athleted," said Florence coach Paul Smith.
The Cougars made it look too easy at the start of the second half, going 58 yards in four plays for a score.
Thompson again was the culprit, scampering for a 17-yard TD run.
Two minutes later, they scored again.
The Rosebud-Lott defense forced a fumble and then three plays later Thompson and Flores connected for a 14-yard touchdown pass.
"We just had to step it up," Thompson said. "We could not walk out of here with a loss."
The Buffaloes did not go away easily, though. A 42-yard kickoff return by Michael Ramirez set up the Buffaloes inside Cougar territory. Brian Ross then took it in for the score from 5 yards out.
Ross led the Buffaloes on the ground, carrying 28 times for 183 yards.
"He ran well and the O-line blocked well for him," Smith said.
The momentum did not last.
Thompson's 55-yard catch made sure of that. Florence did come back and scored on a 12-yard pass from Doak Hensley to Josh Herring for one of their seven connections for 117 yards, but it was too late.
The Buffaloes defense was worn down and unable to catch Thompson and Flores, who added two more touchdown runs – a 28 yard by Flores and a 29 by Thompson to seal the game.
Hensley was 14-of-31 for 233 yards in the loss.
"There are some bright spots, but the best thing is that I feel we are ready for district," Smith said. "…The bottom line is they had 48 and we did not have 49. I am not happy until we have more points than they have. We have to re-group defensively,
get going offensively and not have so many mental mistakes."