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ports @hfplobosports AUDITED FUNDS Money missing? Cheerleading fund audited. - Page 3B September 17, 2014 Page 1B BY SPENCER SPILMAN moses@haysfreepress.com The Hays High Rebels foot- bail team started district play Friday night against a power- ful Lake Travis team after an hour-long rain delay pushed back the start time. The Rebels had a fast start coming out of the delay but it didn't last long, as the Cavaliers were just too much, taking the win on the road 62-23. Lake Travis opened up the scoring quickly after receiv- ing the opening kickoff. They moved the bail down the field through the air and on the ground, wasting no time. Two big runs from Abe Willows were followed by a six-yard quarterback keeper by Charlie Brewer for the first touchdown of the game. The 72-yard drive took just three minutes. Hays came back with a long drive of its own. Rebel quarter- back Braeden Kent shared the bail around to three different receivers on the drive, and one of those went to Cody Gandy for 21 yards and got Hays into scoring position. The Cavalier defense, however, stood strong. The Rebels offense stalled inside the 10-yard line, settling for a field goal. The Rebels would not have to wait long to get the ball back as Lake Travis fumbled the ensuing kickoff, which Hays A Lake Travis High defender leaps over a on Friday night. PHOTO BY LINCOLN RAMIREZ would-be Rebel blocker in an attempt to tackle Hays' Cody Gandy (28) recovered with good field posi- it to Gandy, who took it 22 on the kickoff put the Cavaliers tion. Hays' Kent moved the ball yards untouched into the end to the Rebels' 15-yard line. on the ground to pick up a first zone, giving the Rebels an early Two plays later Brewer found down and keep the drive going 10-7 lead. Connor Oates wide-open for on third and two. Two plays Lake Travis stormed back, later he rolled out and pitched and quickly. An 82-yard return HAYS FOOTBALL, 4B BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com It seemed the Lehman Lobos had things under control Friday after holding the Bowie Bull- dogs to seven points in the first quarter of their district opener. But a 28-point second quarter Bowie surge was too much for Lehman in a 42-13 defeat at Burger Stadium in Austin. "We got tired and lost our mental focus a little bit. We made some mistakes," Lehman head coach Todd Raymond said. "They are a good football team. When you make mistakes against a good football team, you pay for it." Lehman's defense held firm in the first 12 minutes of play. The Lobos adjusted to the Bull- dogs' up-tempo style, limiting Bowie to one touchdown-- a three-yard strike from running back Cole Martin. A total team effort led to Lehman's success, which was focused on stopping Bowie's prolific offense. "We were in the game. Ev- eryone was flying to the ball," linebacker Kacey Santos said. "Everyone was getting their calls; we had good communication." However, Lehman's offense couldn't get the ball rolling against the Bulldog defense. The Lobos failed to cross the mid- field stripe in four first quarter drives. Only once did the Lobos reach Bowie territory in the first half of play. Lobo quarterback Jeremy Schilhab attributed some issues to a fiat start. Bowie's size and tactics also created problems, primarily in the passing game. Bowie's defense forced three interceptions in the first half, two in the second quarter. "From the outside, it was hard to see [the field]. They were bringing pressure," Schilhab said. '~s soon as I stepped up in the pocket, they would have someone there. It was constant pressure. It was frustrating, actually." Bowie's stifling defense al- lowed their offense time to wake up in the second quarter. Over a nine-minute span, Bowie tallied 21 points on offense. Bulldog quarterback Preston Wheeler led the charge, tossing two touchdown passes in the sec- ond quarter. Wheeler finished with 160 passing yards before exiting with an injury. Lehman also struggled to stop running back Andre Washington, who carried the ball nine times for 92 yards on the night. "They are balanced. That's the kicker. [Bowie is] good. They are a good offense," Raymond said. The Bulldogs capped offthe haif with an interception for a touchdown by defensive back ZacharyVelasquez as time expired. Trailing 35-0 at the half, Santos said the team focused on playing "for pride and heart and your team." It was a mentality forwarded by Raymond in the locker room at intermission. "My mentality is I'm not go- ing to lie down and quit. I don't want our kids to lie down and quit," Raymond said. Bowie tallied one more PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lehman Lobo quarterback Jeremy Schilhab leaps beyond a McCallum High defender during the Lobos' road tilt on September 4. On Friday, the Lobos were defeated by Bowie High 42-13. touchdown in the third quarter before the Lobos responded. Led by Schilhab, the Lobos marched 78 yards on 11 plays, ending with Schilhab scoring on a four-yard run. They repeated a similar feat in the fourth quarter, going 84 yards on 12 plays, aided by a scintillating 20-yard pass from Schilhab to wide receiver Jon Herrera. Schilhab finished off the drive by notching his second score of the game. Haiftime adjustments al- lowed the Lobos to thrive in the final 24 minutes. Schilhab said running outside made a differ- ence. Cutting down lineman, instead of blocking upright, allowed the Lobos to thrive. Schilhab led Lehman in rush- ing and passing. He gained 194 total yards, 120 through the air. But for the Lobos, the in- ability to string four consistent quarters together was an issue. It's something Raymond hopes to focus on against Akins on Friday. "We have got to play four periods (of football)," Raymond said. "We got to learn when we get fatigued, that we have to stay focused and eliminate mental mistakes." PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Hays High's Stephanie Coates spikes a ball in game two as the Lady Rebels tried to make a comeback against Westlake. .ose to BY RYAN MAYNER news@haysfreepress.com The Hays Lady Rebels vol- leyball team was defeated at Bales gym Friday night in a district 14-6A matchup with the Lake Travis Lady Cavaliers in straight sets: 9-25, 24-26, 12-25. Lake Travis started fast in the first set, taking a quick 5-1 lead and forcing the home team to bum a timeout and regroup, The two teams split the next four points. The Cavaliers then went on another run that forced a second timeout with the score at 15-6. Hays was playing with effort, running into its own bench-- and almost into the stands -- for loose bails. They kept track of the ball when it almost got lost in the rafters and managed to get it back over the net, but Lake Travis had better ball control and balance, rarely having to reach far for points. But the Lady Rebels came out fighting in the second. They led or were tied through most of the set and seemed determined to take it, but the Cavs staged several rallies for points that got their fans energized and seemed to take the wind out of the home team's sails. Hays went from leading 21-17 to serving at 24-24 before losing the last two points. First year coach Stephanie Coates said, "14-6A is very competitive but I feel that the Hays Rebel Volleyball Team has all the potential to com- pete with the top teams in the district. We have straggled early shutting out matches and continue to work on our consistent execution, and decision making." Despite the loss, there were several bright spots. Sophomore Mackenzie Coates, whose mother started coaching her when she was seven years old, displayed her presence in the front line. She led the Lady Rebels with four blocks and tied for the team lead with four kills and one serving ace. Shanon Park also had four kills on the front line while Taylor Britton had three. Kath- rynWristen led the Rebels in assists with 16. Lex_a Miku- lenka had seven digs and the team's only other serving ace. LADY REBEL VOLLEYBALL, 4B ~r - I, ~, , ][I I