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p rts FALLEN PREY Hays High School students sent to Impact Center for exposed guns. - Page 2B ]s c_Jree []re September 11,2013 Page 1B 'Work in Progress' :Rebels prevail in defensive stalemate against Anderson BY MOSES LEOS III For three quarters, the Hays High game against Anderson High resem- bled a high-intensity chess match. Both teams tried to make a move, only to be negated by the opposition. It was not until the fourth quar- ter that Hays got the advantage. Two touchdowns, both on fourth down, lifted the Rebels to a 21-7 victory at House Park on Friday. The first half saw the Rebel offense struggle. Anderson's defense put up a strong effort, limiting Hays' big play ability. A lack of execution on offense did not help matters. Head coach Neal LaHue felt the offense is still a work-in-progress. "We made a lot of mistakes offen- sively tonight," LaHue said. "We are still learning a new offense. We have to make sure we are tying everything down and doing things right." Mistakes cost the Rebels late in the first quarter. Trojan running back Chris Ortiz scored the game's first  points off a Hays turnover. Penalties were also the Rebels' biggest problem on the night. Hays lost a total of 95 yards on 11 penalties; 70 yards in the first half alone. Still, they remained in the contest. After forcing a punt late in the sec- ond quarter, Hays ran their hurry-up offense to perfection. They drove 55 yards on seven plays, reaching the Anderson 11 yard line with only nine seconds remaining. On the final play of the half, quar- terback Jeff Jordan heaved a pass to fellow quarterback Hayden Cagle, who lined up as a wide receiver, in the back of the end zone. ............ /gi Came d0wnwiih the foot:' ball. However, officials were unsure if he kept a foot inbounds. After a short discussion, officials sided with Cagle, giving him the touchdown to tie the contest. "It was a catch," Cagle said, when asked if he made the reception. The third quarter was a mirror im- age of the first. The defenses kept the opposition's offense at bay. Hays' defense was the constant. The group allowed only 108 total of- fensive yards from Anderson. They contained Ortiz, who gained only 28 yards on 14 carries; He only earned seven in the second half. The Rebel defense constantly har- ried Anderson quarterback Kirby Hill, disrupting Anderson's passing game. Hill went 5 for 14, throwing for 41 yards and an interception. Senior linebacker Trey Solis cred- its Cagle's touchdown reception with PHOTO BY LINCOLN RAMIREZ Hays running back Cody Gandy runs past several Anderson defenders en route to a fourth quarter touchdown. The Rebels prevailed in a defensive battle, defeating th e Trojans 21-7. Hays will travel to play Leander Rouse at A.C. Bible Stadium on Friday night. rejuvenating team resolve. It helped the defense continue to work hard and keep tabs on Ortiz. "[Ortiz] is a great running back, no doubt. However, our defense is based on pursuit; we have to fly to the ball all the time," Solis said. "If one per- son got a hand on him, we knew we'd have five guys helping out." The defense helped Hays break ahead. With less than 10 minutes in the game, Hays senior defensive back ]ared Self snagged the first of his two interceptions in the quarter. "I didn't have to think about it that much," Self said. "I just did what coach told me to do, and it just hap- pened." Hays took over at the Anderson 40. They drove nine yards on three plays, and faced a crucial fourth and inches. LaHue decided to go for it; his gamble paid off. Sophomore running back Cody Gandy saw his offensive line open a huge hole up the middle. Gandy, who finished with 83 yards on nine carries, rumbled 30 yards to the end zone, giving Hays the lead with eight minutes to go. Several minutes later, the Rebels scored on another fourth down play. With just over a minute left, senior wide receiver Luke Park rushed his way beyond the Anderson defense. 31 yards and several moves later, Hays put the game on ice. Offensive execution helped Hays succeed in the second half, according to LaHue. Quarterback Jeff Jordan, who went 14 for 22, 138 yards with a touchdown and interception, said LaHue's continued stance on staying up-tempo helped drive success Overall, the stellar play of the de- fense kept them in the contest. "Our defense dominated the second half,,' LaHue said. "[They] played unbelieveable all night. It is a great sign. Some say this was an ugly win. It was actually a great win, be- cause [our] defense played so well." LaHue and the Rebels now pre- pare for a tough test against Leander Rouse next week. For now, they cel- ebrate a hard-fought win. "It's great to be 2-0. That's what this is all about," LaHue said. "The best thing is the kids played hard. That's all you can ask for. They played hard." Park led all receivers with 107 yards on nine receptions. Hays trav- els to A.C. Bible Stadium to play Leander Rouse on Friday, Sept. 13. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. , ,, ', Elgin proves to be too much for Lobos BY KEFF CIARDELLO A purple haze descended upon Shelton stadium Friday night, as El- gin defeated Lehman 52-10 in the Lobos home opener. By halftime, the Lehman Lobos were akeady facing a daunting defi- cit of 45-3 to the ElginWildcats.While most teams would blame each other and give up, the Lobos showed their resiliency by coming out in the sec- ond half and playing hard. They held the Wildcats scoreless in the third quarter and only allowed one more touchdown with 2:23 left to play in the game. The Lobos even found the end zone when Paul Matthews dove for a one-yard touchdown with 22 seconds left in the game. "In the first half, Elgin did some things that we weren't really pre- pared for and kind of caught us off guard," said head coach Todd Ray- mond. "My whole thing is when I feel like we come out like that, com- ing out slow and making mental mis: takes, I feel that's on me. That's how I am as a coach. I'm not going to throw kids under the bus. I'm going to take responsibility for that and when we win and play great, it's going to be on the kids. It's just the way I am. I need to do a better job; we need to do a better a job of preparing them." The Lobos had success on a tricky double reverse when Jeremy Schil- hab handed off to Malcolm Turner who handed to Kelton Powell com- ing from the other direction. Powell took off down the left sideline for a 41-yard gain for the Lobos. With the strong running game Lehman pos- sesses, expect these types of plays to be utilized more. "We're trying to show our kids and even people around the program that we're going to roll the dice; we're going to take chances. We're going to do some stuff to catch people off guard and that's just part of our of- fense. The other part of it, too, is that Kelton Powell is one of our better athletes and we want to get the ball in his hands. Like tonight, we weren't really throwing it real well and we got to figure out how to get the ball in (Powell's) hands," said Raymond. Elgin did very well both through the air and on the ground, but they didn't attempt a single pass after the first quarter. They finished with 337 yards off 44 attempts on the ground. "(Elgin) is a really, really good foot- ball team. They went four rounds deep in the playoffs last year and their head coach is a really good friend of mine and he thinks they are even better this year," said Raymond. The Wildcats were able to jump out to an early lead over the Lobos thanks in large part to big plays by the Simmons brothers. The twin se- niors accounted for six touchdowns all in the first half, with quarterback Te'Rel Simmons throwing for one and running in two more while run- ning back Da'trean Simmons ran in two touchdowns and ran back a kickoff 99 yards. Te'rel Simmons' lone touchdown pass was an 18-yard strike to a wide-ope n Kyle Snell in the back of the end zone. "I knew coming into this that (the PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Lehman linebacker Conner Baird attempts to bring down Elgin running back Da'Trean Simmons. Da'Trean and his brother, Te'Rel, proved to be too much for the Lobos in a 52-10 loss. Lehman will celebrate Homecoming by hosting Austin Anderson on Friday. Simmons brothers) are really good," Raymond said. "My son went to a quarterback camp at Texas State and both of them were there. I saw them both and they are really good. I told my coaches before the game, these are the type of kids where we can do everything right, have every- body in the right place, and they will still make you miss because of their wiggle and their athleticism," said Raymond. With his team starting out 0-2, Raymond and the Lobos are remain- ing positive and taking these two losses as learning experiences for the rest of the season. "These first two games against Ce- dar Ridge and Elgin are two of the better teams we're going to see on our schedule. We have to make sure we're using these two games to get better. We can go 2-0 or 0-2, it doesn't affect our goals for the season which is get- ting to the playoffs. We just have to make sure we're getting better each week and we learn how to prepare and we as coaches do a better job." Rebels claim Bronze Bracket at Rebel Bash BY MOSES LEOS III Tuesday night, the Lady Rebel volleyball team defeated Bandera in four sets (25-16, 25-12, 24-26, 25-18) at Bales Gym. Senior Melanie Harrington led the team with 16 kills on the night. Junior Madison McCauley helped defen- sively with 14 digs, and junior Lexa Mikulenka had 42 assists. More than 30 teams from near and far converged on Hays High School for the annual Rebel BashVolley- ball tournament last Thursday and Saturday. Hays opened the weekend by making a statement. The team swept through the first day of the tourna- ment, winning four straight matches without dropping a set. The girls did so without one of their star players. Senior Sydney Paradeaux was sidelined for most of the tournament with an injury. Even so, Hays prevailed. The expe- rience of playing four games in one day was enthralling for the athletes. "Playing four games [in one day] is tough, but it's fun," junior Madison McCauley said. Success was harder to find in the Saturday morning session with increased competition. Hays took on Pfiugerville Connally and LaGrange, both currently ranked seventh in the 3A Texas Girls Coaches' Association (TGCA) poll. The Lady Rebels fell to both teams, dropping all four sets. Head coach Erica Walther knows how tough the task was to earn a win. Ultimately, she was content with the team's effort on the court. "[Connally and LaGrange] were the two best teams we saw in this tourna- ment. We played well with them, but REBEL BASH, 2B Diaz firing justified, but not a panacea FROM THE ften times, we in the media )are quick to use hyperbole to describe a moment in history. The sports world perhaps is the big- gest culprit. "That was the [insert appropriate adjective here] game/play/moment ever," is the go-to saying. However, to say Texas' loss at BYU on Saturday was one of the saddest moments in team history is well justi- fied. In my mind, there is no hyper- bole. Statistically, the 40-27 defeat pales in comparison to other Longhorn losses. It doesnt match up to the 68,0 loss Texas suffered in 1904 to ChiCa- go; still the biggest loss in team his- tory. Nor does it hold a candle to the infamous "Route 66" home loss to UCLA in 1997. It was the way Texas lost the game that bothers fans -- Texas' defense was pummeled by BYU and was seemingly unable, or unwilling, to stop it. A lot of credit has to go to BYU quarterback Traymon Hill. He is a tal- ented runner, and he burned Texas for 259 yards. Time' and again, Hill found ways to run circles around Texas' defense. Each time, defend- ers kept making the same mistakes, taking the same bad angles, attempt- ing the same awful - and frequently missed - tackles. What made matters so much worse was that Texas had the same well- chronicled struggles last season. The Longhorn defense was a sieve---it couldn't stop anyone. Manny Diaz, now former Texas defensive coordinator, promised change. The 2013 defense was going to step up and finally stop people. In a three-hour span, Diaz's de- fense unraveled. It was a complete and total train wreck. The Longhorns allowed the most rushing yards - 550 - in a single game in team history. FROM THE SIDELINES, 2B