Sandies, Rebels win with rivalry game looming; Pampa wins thriller, Hereford rallies for W
Amarillo High’s Levi Slayden looks for yards against Lubbock Monterey during a District 2-5A Division I game at Dick Bivins Stadium on Thursday. [Ben Jenkins/ Press Pass Sports]
Amarillo High became the first team to get to two wins in District 2-5A Division I play Thursday night at Dick Bivins Stadium, using a balanced offense and opportunistic defense to beat Lubbock Monterey 24-7.
The Sandies (5-1, 2-0 in district) had 180 yards rushing and 179 passing, doing most of their damage offensively in the first half. Both touchdowns came with Brock Wade throwing to Jameson Garcia of 14 and 58 yards, the latter of which made it 17-7 at halftime.
Monterey (3-3, 1-1) actually outgained the Sandies by 31 yards. However, Amarillo High stopped the Plainsmen three times in the red zone without points.
Levi Slaydon led Amarillo High’s ground game with 107 yards on 21 carries.
The loss spoiled a big night by Monterey quarterback DJ Williams, who completed 20-of-33 passes for 316 yards and a touchdown. Hewbrew Hunter had Monterey’s lone score with a 60-yard scoring pass from Williams and had 13 yards on eight catches.
Amarillo High 24, Lubbock Monterey 7
Lub. Monterey 0 7 0 0 — 7
Amarillo High 10 7 7 0 — 24
District 2-5A Division I
Tascosa quarterback BT Daniel runs for big yards against Lubbock High at PlainsCapital-Park Lowrey Field in Lubbock on Thursday. [Autumn Bippert/ Hub City Preps]
Rebels obliterate Lubbock High
It looked like a huge mismatch on paper heading into Thursday night at Lowery Field, and in that regard, Tascosa-Lubbock High lived up to the hype.
Tascosa, a preseason favorite to win District 2-5A Division I, headed south to face struggling Lubbock, and both teams lived up to their reputations. The Rebels got on the board first on an interception return for a touchdown and didn't stop, rolling to an 82-0 win over Lubbock, setting up a crosstown showdown with Amarillo High next week in a matchup between district teams.
On the second play of the game, Tascosa's Major Everhart intercepted a pass and returned it 32 years for a touchdown to set the tone for the Rebels (5-1, 2-0). It was the first of three touchdowns scored by three different methods by Everhart in the first quarter, as he ran 68 yards for a score (his only carry of the game) and caught a 40 yard touchdown pass from Javen Patrick.
Everhart was the biggest factor in Tascosa taking a 41-0 lead at the end of the first quarter in a game where Lubbock (1-5, 0-2) never had a chance. Tascosa's patented ground game rolled over the Westerners for 557 yards while holding Lubbock High to 80 total yards of offense.
The Rebels averaged an astonishing 18.6 yards a carry and had two runners go over 100 yards, as Michael Ayalew took it to the house both times he ran the football with 116 yards on two carries, and Israel Obando had 118 yards on eight carries. Tascosa had seven ballcarriers with at least 50 yards.
Tascosa 82, Lubbock High 0
Tascosa 41 20 14 7 — 82
Lubbock High 0 0 0 0 — 0
Lubbock Coronado QB Jett Carroll throws a pass against Palo Duro during a District 2-5A Division I game on Friday at Dick Bivins Stadium. [Tom Carver/ Press Pass Sports]
Coronado gets past PD
On a night plagued by a half-hour lightning delay not to mention a myriad of penalties which slowed the action to a crawl, the Palo Duro Dons never could get caught up against Lubbock Coronado on Friday night at Dick Bivins Stadium.
And the road ahead won’t get any easier.
Already missing the quarterback who’d taken most of the snaps through the first five games, the Dons were down to their third and fourth options behind center during the second half of their District 2-5A Division I game against Coronado. That didn’t help in a game where they’d already fallen behind early, and the results were almost predictable, as PD fell to Coronado 34-8 and is now behind the 8-ball in the district race.
Dynamic Avery Randle left the first half of the district opening 47-6 loss to Tascosa a week earlier with a knee injury and likely looks done for the season. Jayden Garza started for the Dons (4-2, 0-2 in district) against Coronado (2-3, 1-0) and early in the second half hobbled off the field and didn’t return.
First-year PD coach Eric Mims didn’t want to use the injuries to his quarterbacks as an excuse.
“We’ve just got to be ready to play regardless of who’s on the field and who’s not,” Mims said. “We’ve just got to do a better job.”
Now after a promising start under Mims, the Dons are looking for their first district win heading into their open week next week, and can only hope that somebody is healthy enough to start at quarterback in two weeks.
Neither team could claim a lot in terms of style points where penalties were interrupted by normal play it seemed. Palo Duro drew 12 flags for 105 yards, which still paled next to the 14 penalties for 135 yards that the Mustangs incurred in a game which produced more flags than a United Nations summit.
“Sloppy, sloppy game and it wasn’t just the rain,” Mims said. “We face masked after a big play. We didn’t take advantage of some opportunities that we needed to take advantage of. To beat a good team like (Coronado) we just didn’t play clean enough.”
Coronado was in control most of the game, as Jett Carroll threw three touchdown passes, two to Antonio Malone, for a 21-8 halftime lead.
Coronado took the opening kickoff and went 63 yards in six plays to score. Carroll hit Antonio Malone in the flat for a 33-yard scoring pass only 79 seconds into the game for a 6-0 lead.
As the Mustangs lined up for the ensuing kickoff, the teams and fans were sent off the field due to weather threats. After they returned, Coronado forced a Palo Duro punt then responded with another touchdown drive, concluding on a 15-yard scoring pass from Carroll to Trevor Stephens to make it 13-0.
Palo Duro had only 154 total yards, as the Dons lone score came on a 2-yard pass from Jayden Garza to Tre’sean Monroe to make it 13-6 in the second quarter. But that was as close as Palo Duro got.
The best chance the Dons had to make a statement in the first half came when Carroll got called for intentional grounding in his own end zone with 44 seconds left in the first half as PD cut the lead for 21-8 and got the ball back on a free kick. But the Dons couldn’t get any points out of it before the half ended.
“That killed us,” Mims said. “You have to have points after momentum swings like that. We had the ball in great field position and didn’t put points on the board.”
When Garza left the game, Leslie Shaw saw time at quarterback and threw two incomplete passes and Kameron Brown ran several plays from the wildcat formation. While there was some success running the ball and Monroe gained 85 yards, it couldn’t compensate for a passing attack which produced only 23 yards.
The Dons will now have 13 days between games, as they’re off until Oct. 14 when they visit Lubbock High.
“We’ll go and keep working,” Mims said. “There’s no days off. Coaches will go in and make adjustments and we’ll be ready to come back and play.”
Lubbock Coronado 34, Palo Duro 8
Coronado 13 8 6 7 — 34
Palo Duro 0 8 0 0 — 8
Pampa’s Cornelius Landers turns upfield during a non-district matchup at Perryton on Friday. [David Erickson/ Press Pass Sports]
Pampa wins thriller over Perryton
In one of the more thrilling games of the evening, Pampa stretched its winning streak to five games under new coach Cody Robinson but didn’t do it easily, as Erick Hernandez kicked a 35-yard field goal with 26 seconds left to lift the Harvesters to a 44-41 win at Perryton.
It might have looked like a mismatch on paper heading into the game considering the records, but it turned out to be anything but that, as neither 5-1 Pampa nor 1-5 Perryton got much of an upper hand over the other for most of the game.
Pampa appeared to have the momentum with 5:11 left in the game when Cason Floyd intercepted a pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown to give the Harvesters a 41-33 lead. But Perryton came back to tie it with 1:49 left when Abraham Hernandez scored on a 5-yard run and Edwin Ozuna ran in the conversion to make it 41-41.
That was more than enough time, though, for Pampa’s prolific offense to move into field goal range, setting up Hernandez for the game-winning kick.
Quarterback Sam Anguiano had a big game for Pampa, competing 14-of-18 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns and Hunter Dyer had eight catches for 156 yards and a touchdown. Cornelius Landers had his usual stellar performance by running for 139 yards on 25 carries.
Abraham Hernandez threw for 194 yards and ran for 73 yards and four touchdowns for Perryton. Stetson Garcia ran for 133 yards on 13 carries and Isaias Dominguez ran for 82 yards and two scores.
Pampa 44, Perryton
Pampa 13 7 7 17 – 44
Perryton 6 6 15 14 — 41
Hereford overcomes deficit to beat Andrews
Hereford spotted Andrews 20 points out of the gate but rallied with a big second quarter and held on for a 40-33 victory.
It’s the second week in a row the Whitefaces have come-from-behind from a double-digit deficit.
Andrews took a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter before Hereford (4-2) woke up with 21 points in the second quarter and trailed 26-21 at halftime. The Herd took control with 19 points in the third quarter to grab the lead for good.
Hereford’s Gerardo Garcia had his second straight big game throwing the ball, completing 20-of-37 passes for 350 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for a score.
The Herd had two receivers go over 100 yards, as Tommy Suarez had three catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns, and Noah Brown had nine catches for 107 yards and a touchdown.
Hereford 40, Andrews 33
Andrews 20 6 0 7 — 33
Hereford 0 21 19 0 — 40
Canyon beats Levelland in shortened game
Canyon didn’t finish its game at Levelland due to lightning since the host team chose not to come back out following a two-hour delay, and with the Eagles leading 13-7 with 8:18 left in the second quarter, they were declared the winner by forfeit.
The win makes the Eagles 5-1 on the season, giving them their fifth straight victory under first-year coach Todd Winfrey.