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Harvest Trammell filled in for injured Matt An- guiano and completed 8of15 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns against Smithson Valley. HaysFreePress.com BY MARK CAUL reepmsssports@yahoo.com WELCOMED REST Lehman will head into its bye ON A HIGI Lehman, Hays choi ~ qualify 43 students for Dis' rict Choir. - Page 3B October 13, 2010 Page 1B PHOTO BY ERIC GUERRERO Three-time defending Class 4A state champion Lake Travis cer- tainly has a solid r6sum6, but after Friday night it certainly wouldn't surprise Lehman Head Coach S(eve Davis ff another team repre- ~d.nts Region IV in the state finals season. i Davis and his Lobos got a first hand look at just how explosive No. 6 Smithson Valley is in a 61- 18 loss last Friday at Ranger Sta- dpum. r "There's no question they are a!very, very good football team," Davis said. "We gave them some short fields and they did what any s!ate-ranked team is going to do -= execute and put a lot of points I week hoping to regroup after suffering a lopsided loss. and that's what we ~iid tonight," a 14-0 lead and the outcome was SmithsonValley head coach Larry never in doubt from that point. Hill said. "Our defense did a great The festive mood at Ranger Sta- job of executing and kept them from getting into any kind of in the game rhythm." After Mattison rbturned the dium quickly turned somber late as Lehman backup tailback Ryan Wagner fell to the tuff motionless after attempting a block on offense. The game was delayed about 20 minutes as trainers and EMS officials carted Wagner off the field with his neck in a brace. He was taken to a local hospital for precautionary measures and school officials confirmed Satur- day that Wagner suffered no seri- ous injuries. Hill believes Wagner's injury puts the game in its proper pro- spective. "It just reminds you of how truly See LOBO FOOTBALL, pg. 2B opening kickoff to th .~ Lobos 45, it up on the board. They were by far took the Rangers les~ than a min- the quickest team we have seen ute to get on the scc reboard first all year and we really didn't have as Ranger quarter rock Parker an answer for them." McKenzie found M~ tt Hilston all The Rangers (5-1, 2-0 27-4A) alone behind the lehman sec- scored on their first five posses- ondary on their firs play for 35 sions and never looked back in a yards. homecoming romp. Labanna finished Rut the drive Starting tailbacks Lach Laban- with two consecuti're rushes to na and Lawrence Mattison each give Smithson Valle a quick 7-0 had a pair of touchdowns early as advantage. the Rangers surged to a comfort- Following a Lehman fumble at able 41-0 halffime lead.their own 33-yard line, Mattison "We wanted to come out and cashed in for the Famgers a few move the football on offense plays later on a 2-yard sweep for PHOTO BYCYNDYSLOVAK-BARTON Kaylea Beck had 16 kills and 14 digs to help lead Hays to a key District 27-4A win over Clemens last Friday night. BY JASON GORDON freepresss oo.com One thing was very clear when the Hays High School volleyball team entered Bales Gym Friday night - the Lady Rebels needed a victory. Not only would a win even Hays' District 27-4A record at 4-4 but a victory would all but assure the Lady Rebs a spot in the playoffs. "We knew Friday was big," Hays middle blocker Emily Clark said. "We re- ally came together when we needed to." Indeed they did, as the Lady Rebels swept Clem- ens right out of Bales Gym with a 25-20, 25-17, 25-21 victory over the Lady Buf- faloes. Now, Hays only needs a victory Friday night at Lockhart or at home Tues- day night against Lehman to clinch a playoff berth. "Clemens was a huge win for us," said Hays out- side hitter Kelsea Sadler. REBEL VOLLEYBALL, pg. 2B Rebels use big second half to put away Clemens BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com Tthe Hays Rebels watched similar movie earlier in e season and the first time around it didn't haM a Walt Disney ending. / The Rebs held a 21-7 ad~-an- :tage at home last month against Anderson before everything fell apart in the second half in aloss at Shelton Stadium. It looked like d6j~ vu last Fri- day night, as the Rebels extend- ed a 21-7 halftime lead to 27-7 before Clemens made a bid to spoil Hays' homecoming. The Buffaloes took advantage of a Hays turnover to tdn~ the !margin to 27-21 before a sct~am- ! bling Mason Cervenka foun~! re- ceiver Ty Green open dowq the left sideline. Aided by a bone-cmsaing block fi~om Michael Rontem, Green sprinted away from the Clemens defense for an 81-yard touchdown midway throug] t the third quarter and Hays ca ised from there in a 47-21 win aver the Buffaloes. "I thought Ty's touchdown was the single biggest play h t the game," said Hays head o,ach Bob Shelton, who tied Go~ don Wood for second place or the state's all-time games coa! :hed list at 503. "Clemens had aI. ,the momentum before that pla1 ,' Rebel running back Tor~ race Smith stole the show in th~ first half with two electrifying se{ :ond quarter touchdown runs to help give Hays its halftime lead. i With the score tied 7-7, Smith took the ball on a handoff up the middle and made a side-Step- ping move at the line and then exploded 31 yards down the right sideline for a score. Minutes later, Smith made a mirror-image move on a dive play and burst flee 69 ~ards down the left sideline mr a PHOTO BY TONY SMITH Defender Robert Alvarez finds himself in the same position many Clemens defenders did last Friday night, trail- ing well behind rebel running back Torrance Smith.. Smith had two dramatic touchdown runs in the first half and finished 134 yards rushing in Hays' 47-21 homecoming win against the Buffaloes at Shetton Stadium. touchdown that put Hays up give the Rebs a 40-21 lead early Smith fimished the gamewith have been fighting an uphill 21-7 at halftime, in the fourth quarter. 134 yards on only 12 carries for battle toward the playoffs ff they "We know if we run a play in- Clemens (3-3, 1-1 27-4A)the Rebels (4-3, 2-1), who had had lost against Clemens. side to Torrance he always has tried to rally, but Rebel defen- 475 yards off total offense on the "Coach Shelton said we had the ability to break it outside," sive backs Taven Mayberry and night. Kimlbro was 7-for-7 pass- to put it all together if we want Hays quarterback Caleb Kimbro Francisco Marin picked off ing for 125'yards, Cervenka add- to make the playoffs," Cervenka said. "He's such a great athlete." Shaun Rutowski passes to help ed 95 more; yards through the air said. "I think we did that to- Kimbro backhanded a pass to Hays stave off the Buffaloes. and Rome~o tallied 82 yards on night." Smith for 25 yards to set up his Kimbro found Cervenka with 12 rushes. Hays is back in action Friday third mshing touchdown, which a quick pass he turned into a Even through Hays still has night at Lockhart. A win there came on a 6-yard sweep into the 41 -yard touchdown late in the three more District 27-4A games would likely clinch a postseason fight comer of the end zone to game to cap the scoring,remaining,, the Rebels would spot for the Rebels. PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Lehman's Amara Smith led the Lady Lobos to a second place team finish in Manor last week- end. The Lobo boys finished third at the event. solid meet in Manor BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com Lehman boys cross country coach lay Sansom is always overly cautious each time his team com- petes. It turned out Sansom and his well-rested Lo- bos had nothing to worry about as they returned to action for the first time in three weeks to finish third at the Manor Mustang In- vitational. The Lobos were third out of 35 teams and placed three runners in the top 20 in the process at Man- or's three-mile fiat course. The Lady Lobos also had a strong meet, finishing second out of 24 teams at Manor. "The guys ran really well today in spite of the tough course at Manor, which is a good thing because the district meet is right around the corner," said Sansom. "We would like to have our best times going into the last part of the sea- son. There were a few kids that really stepped up and performed well." LOBO X-COUNTRY, pg. 2B BY MARK CAUL fmepresssports@yahl~o.com It would have been nice if some- how the Lady Lobos had talked Clemens into playing a one-game volleyball match Tuesday night at Lehman. Everything went right early on for the Lady Lobos, but it all went downhill once the second game be- gan and Lehman ultimately lost the next three games and the match. Clemens left Lobo Gym with a 16- 25, 25-8, 25-13, 25-19 victory. "I really don't know what hap- pened after that first game ended," Lehman senior outside hitter Mari- ana Filipi said. "We just didn't play emens in, with the same intensity or energy as we did in the first game." Filipi slammed home two of' her team-high eight kills in the opening game to give Lehman in early 10-9 lead before Clemens senior captain Ashley Leverich answered with a pair of kills of her own to push the Lady Buffs ahead 11-10. The Lady LoboS took advantage of a couple of Clemens attack errors and rode that momentum to a quick victory with Laurn Ayala pound- ing home a kill to )close out the first openings in the Lady Lobos deffense over the next three games- finis+hing with a match-high 18 kills for C'lem- ens (11-21, 3-6). "We really killed ourselves tomight with all the attack errors and doefen- sire mistakes," Lehman head ccoach Gloria Sandoval said. "There wins no focus or communication out nhere and it showed in how we finish~ed." Although Lehman was officcially eliminated from the posts~ason picture with the loss, the Lady] Lo- bos hope to finish out their season "But we can't make the mistakes we made tonight." After they began he season on such a high note and were able to secure a school-record in wins, Fillpi hopes the Lady Lobes can close out the season playing their best volley- ball. "I was disappointed in the waywe played tonight because it seems like we didn't execute or focus ~e way we needed to," said Fllipi. Hope- fully we will work harder in practice and come out with a little bit more game. strong with a match-up loo]ming fire for these last few games? But from there, lit was a plethora against arch-rival Hays next Tuesday After playing at Hays on Tues- of mistakes that showballed into a night, day, the Lady Lobos will host Alamo disappointing loss for the Lady Lo- "Hays is a very good team brat we Heights for senior night on Oct. 22. bos. i are very capable of beating tNem," Lehman will close out the season on Leverichcontinuously found said Lehman senior Ylissa Mtanoz. the road at Canyon Oct. 26. PHOTO BY ERIC GUERRERO Lehman's Alex Smith fires a jump- serve during the Lady Lobos' home loss to Clemens Tuesday night.