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+ HaysFreePress.com PROPH',ECY QUEST Kyle student publishes her first book. ' Page 4B September 21 ,2011. Page lB BY WES FERGUSON wes@haysfreepress.com After dispatching the San Antonio Jef- ferson Mustangs 41-12 last Friday night, the unbeaten Lehman Lobos could finally focus on the game their fans want them to win more than any other: Homecoming versus Hays. The Hays Rebels have foiled Lehman everyyear since the school began play- ing football in 2004, but Lobo players swear this is the season they ~511 get the best of their rivals and go 5-0 for the first time Friday night at Shekon Stadium. "It's very important," rtmning back Levi Medley said when asked how cnlcial the team's goal of beating Hays is. "It'll be the first time in team history." With all the talk about the Hays game, the Lobos still had to take care of busi- ness at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio. But Jefferson's Mark Mangel took the opening kickoff25 yards to his own 49- yard line. Four plays and less than two minutes later, quarterback ]orge Flores darted seven yards into the end zone to score the game's first points. The Lobos answered during their first opportunity with the football. Quarter- back Matt Anguiano found sophomore Brandon Hamilton over the middle of the field for a 52-yard gain, and two straight runs by Matt Zmnora put Leh- man on the board too. From then on, the night belonged to Lehman. Levi Medley rushed for 124 yards and Zamora added 98, with both nmning backsscoring a pair of touchdowns each, as the Lobos improved to 4-0 for REg$ V& LOBOS The Rebels and Lobes will square off at Lehman Homecoming game at Shelton Stadium Friday night. the second time in team history.. Junior lineman Kris Hemandez terrorized the Jefferson quarterback all night, and the Lobos' aggressive defense and four lost fumbles by Jefferson ensured the game was never in doubt after the opening minutes. "We knew Jefferson was going to be good," Lehman head coach Steve Davis said. "They had almost their whole team return from last year's team that made the playoffs. They bent us a little bit on that first drive, but then our defense stiff- ened up a little bit and got the job done." On offense for Lehman, A.J. Armonta and Christian Melendrez also scored touchdowns, while Angniano completed 4-of-6 passes for 88 yards and a pick. Da- vis rested Anguiano for a good portion of the second half, letting Armonta take snaps and hand offto the Lobos' passel of running backs. Medley also got plenty of rest in the later minutes. The second score for Jefferson came during trash time in the fourth quar- ter, when quarterback Jorge Flores optioned fight to running back Joseph Luna. Luna darted down the sideline, then got an accidental block from a referee as he sprinted 74 yards for the touchdown. Jefferson fell to 1-2 with the loss, See LOBO FOOTBALL, pg. 2B PHOTO BY JAVIER PALOMO Running back Matt Zamora rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns to help the Lobos stay undefeated with a 41-12: victory over Jefferson last Friday night at Alamo Stadium. Lehman and the Rebels will square off for Hays CiSD bragging rights Friday night at Shelton Stadium. [] Hays runs 27-13 BY JASON GORDON .... freepresssports@yahoo.com Just when it looked like the matchup between Hays and Hutto would be a shootout, the members of the Hippos' de- fense decided they had other ideas. ........ After Hays scored its second touchdown of the game in the first minute of the second quar- ter, undefeated Hutto shut out the Rebels the rest of the Way in a 27-13 win at Shelton Stadium last Friday night. Hays was averaging 34 points per game through its first three games. "They had a lot of big dudes on defense and they were real fast," said Hays receiver Mason Cervenka. "Their speed was definitely a factor." Defensive linemen Tanner Thrift. Amir Adldns-Shakur and linebacker Shane Fielder helped lead a Hippo defense that tackled Hays behind the See REBEL FOOTBALL, pg. 2B PHOTO BY CYNDYSLOVAK-BARTON Devin Jennings, Kyle Cox and Joel Young gang tackle Hutto quarterback Ryan Higgms m a game that started out as a shootout but ended as a defensive struggle. Hutto held Hays scoreless the final 35 minutes of the contest in a 27-13 win at Shelton Stadium last Friday. Hays new must face Lehman at the same field as visitors this Friday night as the Lobos have scheduled the Rebels as their Homecoming foe. BYJASON GORDON freepressspoas@yahoo.com The Lehman volley- ball team is on a roll like no other in the history of the program, just in time to face their rivals from across Interstate 35. The Lady Lobos, who improved to 2-1 in District 27-4A action by sweeping Clemens last Friday, will take on a Hays High team which is 2-2 in leagueplay in a game that could have playoff implications down the road. The match at Bales Gym is scheduled to begin at begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Lehman has never beaten Hays in varsity vol- leyball since the school opened in 2004. "It would be so excit- ing if we were able to beat Hays," said Lehman senior Alex Smith. "I've always wanted to but now that I'm a senior it intensifies the feeling. Two of the players on the Hays team are my best friends, but not for that night. In order to beat them we have to HAYS-LOBOVOH.EYBALL, pg. 2B BY WES FERGUSON wes@haysfreepress.com You couldn't tell it from the stands, the way Levi Medley was dodging tack- les and tearing through defenders last Friday night, but the Lehman running back was playing hurt. He woke up early Saturday following the Lobo's 41-12 win over San Antonio Jefferson, and he hit the Lehman train- ing room to work out the soreness in his left thigh. "Hurt my quad on the second play of the game. Ran right into a dude. and my whole leg went numb," Medley said as he cycled on a stationary bike. "It lowered my performance a little bit. because I couldn't make big cuts and couldn't break off because it started cramping up." Medley still managed to finish the game with two touchdowns and 124 rushing yards on just 11 carries. But then, Medley is used to playing through pain. Last season, he was an early impact player for the Lobos. rushing for nearly 350 yards in the team's first two games. But he was slowed by injuries during dis- trict play and finished the sdason with 633 rushing yards in limited action. He was determined his senior year would be different. Over the offseason. Medley said, he got bigger and tougher. He ran three miles a day, and from lifting weights he could tell his legs were becoming more built. He also worked his upper body to be able to break more tackles. The extra work is showing on the field. Whether accelerating through a hole in the defensive line, spinning away from a linebacker or "trucking" a defender with a stiff-arm, Medley has run for 724 yards, averaging 7.5 yards per carry, night. The game, with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff while scoring eight touchdowns in Leh- at Shelton Stadium, is Lehman's chance man's first four games. So far he has to knock off the Rebel varsity football been the centerpiece of an offense that team for the first time in school history. has scored at least 40 points in three of Lobo head coach Steve Davis said those games for the undefeated Lobos. Medley's speed and agility are keys to Medley is currently on pace to break the team's success. former Lobo R.J. Hardaway's single-sea- "When you love playing the game, son team rushing record of 1,408 yards you kick it up a notch and Levi is an ex- and single-season touchdown mark of plosive back." Davis said. "He's a gamer, 14. He has an outside chance to eclipse man.When the lights come on he's ready Hardaway's Lobo career rushing mark to play. He gets himself mentally ready, of 2,481, set from 2006-08. works hard during the weeklearning his Medley is a soft-spoken young man. assignments, and when it comes time but he grinned when asked whether he to play he's ready to go." believes that every time he touches the Lehman quarterback Matt Angmano football he has a chance to score, said Medley puts his heart into every "Yeah." he said. "Every time. The play onthefield. linemen will open a hole and I'll follow "Levi runs the ball real great, and any them all the way to the end zone." time you can do that it makes every- The Lobos want Medley to be at his one's job easier." Anguiano said. "The best when they face rival Hays in a Homecoming showdown this Friday See LOBO'S MEDLEY, pg. 2B PHOTO BY DAVID SIMONEAUX Levi Medley has been running clear toward the end zone against many opponents this season. 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