Class 4A Friday playoff roundup: Perryton impresses against Monahans; Dumas survives in thriller
Perryton running back Pepper Haley turns up field for yards against Monahans during a Class 4A Division II meeting at Rangers Stadium on Friday night. [David Erickson/ Press Pass Sports]
Perryton brought home its first gold ball since 2015 with an impressive 34-20 win against Monahans in a Class 4A Division II bidistrict matchup at Rangers Stadium on Friday.
Perryton (5-5) gets its first postseason victory under first-year head coach and alum Kurt Haberthur, and will now get a huge test in No. 8 Graham (8-1) in the area round at 7 p.m. Friday night at Peoples Bank Stadium in Wolfforth.
The Rangers did what they’ve done all year and that’s run the rock with 239 of their 261 total yards coming from the run game.
Thanks to first half TD runs from Brenton Heeter, Pepper Haley and Abraham Hernandez, Perryton opened up a 20-0 lead. When Monahans (4-7) closed the gap, 20-14 in the third quarter, the Rangers went back to what worked with Pablo Perez and Hernandez scoring back-to-back touchdowns in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Hernandez carried the load with 64 yards on nine carries and two scores.Heeter added 54 yards and a TD.
Perryton 34, Monahans 20
Monahans 0 7 7 6 — 20
Perryton 13 7 0 14 — 34
Dumas survives in epic fashion
Dumas made one of the more remarkable comebacks in Texas Panhandle postseason history, rallying from a 27-point deficit to stun upset minded Lake Worth 37-27 in a thrilling Class 4A Division I bidistrict contest at Leo Brittain Field Lions Stadium in Vernon.
It looked bleak, and like the No. 9 Demons were going home early in the first half. The Bullfrogs scored on three straight first quarter possessions leaving Dumas in a 20-0 hole. Lake Worth (6-5) tacked on another second quarter score for a 27-0 advantage at the 7:02 mark of the second quarter.
Fortunately for the Demons, they got on the board before half thanks to a James Bednorz 1-yard run. That swayed momentum into the second half where Dumas took the game completely over.
From that touchdown forward Dumas went on to score 37 unanswered points, leaving Lake Worth wondering what happened. Running back Bryan Mendoza and receiver Victor Chavez were pivotal during the Demons second half comeback. Chavez scored three second half touchdowns, including a 4-yard TD at the 11:56 mark of the fourth quarter to give Dumas its first lead, 30-27. Mendoza finished his career night with 174 yards on 17 carries. Chavez snagged five balls for 119 yards and a score.
The Demons (10-1) advances to the area round for a second straight year where they’ll face Andrews (8-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Greg Sherwood Memorial Bulldog Stadium in Plainview.
Pampa fell to Decatur 49-28. The Harvesters end a solid season at 8-3.
Dumas 37, Lake Worth 27
Lake Worth 20 7 0 0 — 27
Dumas 0 7 16 14 — 37