NEW CANEY — Lampasas’ historic season is over.

After posting a school record for wins and reaching the state semifinals for just the second time in school history, the Badgers could not make their debut at state.

Class 4A-Division I No. 6 Lampasas rallied to tie the score 42-42 with 2 minutes, 39 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, but No. 2 Carthage drove 68 yards on the ensuing possession for the go-ahead score, and the Badgers’ last-gasp effort fell short.

Lampasas advanced to the Bulldogs’ 22-yard line with 2.6 seconds left, but Ace Whitehead’s pass fell incomplete in the end zone, and the Bulldogs will return to the state championship game for the third time in four years.

Whitehead completed 22 of 41 passes for 390 yards for three touchdowns and two interceptions with senior receiver Cameron Everts catching 11 passes for 229 yards and a pair of scores. Additionally, Jaylon Porter caught five passes for 104 yards.

Lampasas (13-2) fell into an immediate hole to start the game as Whitehead’s pass was intercepted on the game’s opening possession by Ja’Von King, who returned the ball 70 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the period.

The advantage held into the second quarter, where Carthage (15-0) capped off a three-play drive with a 43-yard touchdown from Kavonte Brown-Hoskins to inflate the cushion to 14-0.

Then, the Badgers began to rally.

After punting away its next two drives, Lampasas found its rhythm, needing just two plays to complete a 69-yard drive as Whitehead connected with Jaylon Porter for a 20-yard score.

On the ensuing possession, Lampasas sophomore linebacker Case Brister returned an interception 35 yards for a score, tying the game 14-14 with 9:04 remaining in the second quarter.

The Badgers claimed their first lead approximately four minutes later on Jack Jerome’s 2-yard run into the end zone, but the extra point was no good, and it proved to be costly.

With time expiring, Whitehead was intercepted for a second time, and Mason Bobo returned it 65 yards for a score, allowing Carthage to take a 21-20 advantage into halftime.

HISTORIC 13-2 SEASON

Lampasas 63, Joshua 14

Lampasas 66, Lago Vista 27

Lorena 31, Lampasas 30

Lampasas 48, La Vernia 28

Lampasas 59, Gatesville 0

Lampasas 45, Burnet 13

Lampasas 52, Liberty Hill 10

Lampasas 56, Taylor 0

Lampasas 56, Canyon Lake 35

Lampasas 47, Fredericksburg 35

Lampasas 42, Freeport Brazosport 14

Lampasas 56, Gonzales 6

Lampasas 66, Needville 44

Lampasas 49, Liberty Hill 34

Carthage 49, Lampasas 42

FRIDAY PLAYOFF SCORES

Semifinal

  • Alvin Shadow Creek 45, SA Wagner 21

Class 4A Division I

Semifinal

  • Carthage 49, Lampasas 42
  • Waco La Vega 27, Springtown 14

Class 4A Division II

Semifinal

  • Texarkana Pleasant Grove 48, Midland Greenwood 20
  • Wimberley 56, Silsbee 43

Class 3A Division I

Semifinal

  • Grandview 41, Columbus 21

Class 3A Division II

Semifinal

  • Gunter 27, Canadian 20
  • Omaha Pewitt 24, East Bernard 18

Class 2A Division II

Semifinal

  • Mart 28, Falls City 8

THURSDAY PLAYOFF SCORES

Semifinal

  • Pottsboro 36, Brock 35

Class 2A Division I

Semifinal

  • Post 35, Valley View 7
  • Refugio 29, San Augustine 21

Class 2A Division II

Semifinal

  • Hamlin 56, Stratford 23

Contact Clay Whittington at clayw@kdhnews.com

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