Hays Consolidated Downs Kyle Lehman
Updated: October 8, 2016
photos: Steve Thomas
Rebels Continue Dominance over Lobos
Entering Friday night’s contest, the Kyle Lehman Lobos had never beaten their Hays County rivals, the Hays Consolidated Rebels, in eleven tries. The closest the Lobos had ever come was a 28-27 loss to the Rebels in 2011. In what Lehman fans had dubbed “the Year of the Lobo,” the Lobos took the field Friday night looking to get their first-ever win over Hays and spoil the Rebels’ homecoming.
From the beginning, the Lobos struggled. Senior quarterback Jacob Zamora fumbled the snap on the first play from scrimmage, and the Lobos went three and out with a net loss of seven yards. After a 22-yard punt, Hays junior running back Cade Powell opened the scoring two plays later on a three-yard touchdown run.
Both teams struggled offensively throughout the rest of the first quarter, but the Lobos tied the game early in the second quarter when junior defensive back Rafael Burgos returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown. That was the closest the Lobos would get for the rest of the game.
After a promising drive for the Lobos stalled at the Rebel’s 30-yard line, Hays junior defensive back Hector Fuentes, however, blocked the field goal attempt and returned it for a touchdown.
In the beginning of the second half, the game turned into a battle of attrition. Lehman junior defensive back Kaleb Priestly intercepted Hays junior quarterback Tyler Conley’s pass near midfield, but the Lobos turned the ball over on the very next play on a fumble at their own 33-yard line. On the ensuing drive, the Rebels turned the ball over on downs.
After forcing the Lobos to go three and out, the Rebels finally began to take control. Cade Powell found the end zone for the second time to extend the Hays lead to 21-7. Tyler Conley connected with senior wide receiver Marquis Howard on touchdown passes of 62 and 33 yards to seal the game for Hays at 35-7.
With the win, Hays improves to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in district. Next week, the Rebels travel to Bible Stadium to face Leander. The Lions are 2-4 overall and 1-1 in district following a 34-6 loss to Leander Vandegrift.
by Steve Thomas