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Page 4B Hays Free Press * November 16, 2011 STAFF REPORTS rence Franks scored a touch- for a l down on a one-yard run up the mara In a game that was decided in middle and W'fll Johnson added cut Te the final seconds of pla3~ Cen- the extra point to give the Bob- Nei tral Arkansas used a 19-yard cats a 7-0 lead with 13:131eft to until field goal by Eddie Carmona playin the first quarter, quart, to hand Texas State a heart- The Bobcats extended their yard 1 wrenching 23-22 loss on First lead to 13-0 when Joplo Bartu Gram Security Field at Estes Stadium forced a fumble by UCA quar- down on Saturday night, terback Nathan Dick and Mi- extra The Bobcats forced five turn- chael Ebbitt picked up theloose 14-13 overs in the first half and used ball and returned it 63 yards for nal qt a long kickoff remm on the a touchdown. The extra point The first play of the game to set up failed because of a bad snap onthc a touchdown and take a 13-7 and Johnson was tackled at the Amdt lead into the locker room at one-yard line. to leac halffirne. Central Arkansas scored its drive Michael Gilmore's 81-yard first points in the game when begat kickoff return gave Texas State Nathan Dick set up his first of pass t its first possession at UCJfs 13- three touchdown passes in the UC3fs yard line. Three plays later, Ter- gamewhenhehitDerrickSteele cus ~-yardTDpass.EddieCa- on a run, kicked the extra point to 15-yard-pass ~as State's lead to 13-7. for a touche :her team scored again Bobcats a 19- he final play of the third left to play. ~r when Dick threw a 44: Central A~ ouchdown pass to Jesse second lead t for his second touch- ter when Dk )ass. Carrnonakickedthe touchdown ~oint to give the Bears a Hart from 12 lead heading into the fi- Bears a 20-1~ after. 6:26 left to pl~ Bobcats came right back The Bobca ensuing drive when Tyler nal points in completed three passes Johnson kick, I the Bobcats on a 75-yard goal to give ~I for a touchdown. Amdt lead with 4:lE the drive with a 46-yard The Bobca ) Darius Bolden down to play host to S 29-yard line. After Mar- on Saturday, urry gained eight yards Bobcat Stadit .OSS completed a :o Cody Matthews own to give the i4 lead with 11:28 (ansas took its I the fourth quar- k threw his third )ass to Thomas yards to give the ) advantage with y. :s scored their fi- the game when ;d a 48-yard field .~xas State a 22-20 left to play. s return home to ma Houston State ]ov. 19 at 3p.m. at m. at i PHOTO COURTESY TEXAS STATE ATHLETICS Bobcat de- fensive tackle Michael Ebbitt picked a loose ball and returned the Central Arkansas fumble 63 yards for a touchdown to give Texas State an early 13-0 lead. Central Arkansas would rally, however, and beat the Bobcats 23- 22 on a late field goal. LOOFJNG AHEAD Hays vs. Cedar Park When: Friday 7:30 p.m. Where: Burger Stadium Records: Hays 8-3, Cedar Park 9-2 Last Meeting: Cedar Park 31, Hays 7 (2004) Last Week: Hays 34, San Antonio Brennan 24; Cedar Park:55, Austin LBJ 26 What they're saying: "They are a great team with very good athletes like Smithson Valley. But we've proven we can beat great teams, so we just need to work hard this week and go out and give them our best shot," Hays receiver Mason Cervenka when asked about Cedar Park. Hays Offense: Spread Hays Defense: 3-4 Cedar Park Offense: Offset I Cedar Park Defense: 3-4 Players To Watch: Hays - QB Caleb Kimbro, Slot Receiver Michael Rome- ro, Slot Receiver Taven Mayberry, WR Mason Cervenka, WR Granger Stud- dard, WR Trevor Ragsdale, C Boone Feldt, LB Dalton Johnson, LB Mark Oldham, DE Kyle Cox, CB Christian Rodriguez, CB Jared Rodriguez, DT William Trevillion, DE Joel Young. Players To Watch: Cedar Park - QB Brian Hogan, RB Thomas Middleton, WR/RB Ethan Fry, WR/RB Nathan Harwell, OL Felix Romero, DB Zach Espinosa, LB Adam Hill, DL Dylan Lutcher, DB Chris McCalla. Intangibles: The last two weeks have been very exciting for Rebel players, fans and community members. After Hays stunned No. 2 Smithson Valley in the last regular season game of the year, the seats at Clemens' Lehnhoff Stadium were jam packed in support of the Rebs as they earned their first playoff win in five years with a come- back victory over San Antonio Bren- nan. The competition level will be cranked up a few more notches this week, as Hays will face another one of Central Texas' premier programs in Cedar Park. There will be little room for error. Hays won't be able to get away with turning the ball over four times like it did against Brennan. A near error-free game, much like the one the Rebels played against Smith- son Valley, will be needed. Cedar Park will rely heavily on quarterback Brian Hogan (1,280 yards rushing, 18 TDs, 874 yards passing) to guide its lead-option based offense. But Hogan has also thrown nine intercep- tions this season. If the Rebs can pressure the talented Cedar Park QB and force a few early turnovers, Hays will have a chance to pull off a sec- ond shocking upset this year against a Timberwolves team many think can challenge for the state title. The Reb- els are an undefeated 2-0 when the Free Press has picked against them this season, so here we go again. F~e Press Prediction: Cedar Park 42, Hays 28 Hays High receiver Granger Studdard leaps high in the air to make a catch during the Rebels' win over gren- nan last Friday night. Studdard now holds the Hays single-season receptions record with 37. The Rebels will need to be in top form to knock off No. 5 Cedar Park Friday night at Burger Sta- dium in the area round of the playoffs. Hays Football Continued from pg. 1B driguez and Trevillion were amon[ key stops in the fourth quarter to scoreboard in the final frame. "We knew we could overcome a ceiver Mason Cervenka, who caug pass in the first quarter, "We nevez Kimbro led the Rebels with 138 passing. His season totals of 2,156 and 3,056 total yards are both Hay passes and 30 total touchdowns single-season records. In addition~ night, Studdard eclipsed the Rebs' tions mark with his total of 37. Cervenka's long TD catch in the the early lead, but Brennan botmc Key connected on touchdown pas Brandon Sanchez and Aaron Beau Kimbro countered with a 6-yard Gonzales' short field goal gave the advantage. The second half started out poo first play from scrimmage Kimbro picked offright into the arms of B] Wantabe. Key threw a 31-yard TD pass to ] later, and the Bears led 24-14 befo] Before Friday night, the Rebs ha cess since a magical 2006 run that Fredericksburg and Lake Travis in beating Calallen on a last-second ] to the regional finals where they u~ This year's Rebels know they wil better than they did against Brenn Cedar Park. "We have to start out a lot faster Cervenka said. "They are a great tc athletes like SmithsonVaUey. But great teams, so we just need to wo out and give them our best shot." IOTO BY CYNOY SLOVAK-BARTON several Rebs that made eep Brennan off the tversity," said Hays m- at a 68-yard touchdown lost faith in each other." rards rushing and 191 yards through the air records. His 20 TD is year are also Rebels' with four catches Friday single-season recep- ~st quarter gave Hays ~d back when Deshawn ;es of 57 and 61 yards to gard. scoring run, but David Bears a 17-14 halftime :ly for the Rebs. On the threw a pass that was ennan linebacker Grant oshua Luna three plays e the Rebels rallied. 5n't tasted playoff suc- saw them knock off :he postseason before niracle pass to advance timately fell to Clemens. [ need to play much an to have a shot against than we did tonight," am with very good re've proven we can beat :k hard this week and go Sigala at State: Lady Rebel finishes 36th Continued from pg. 1B kept grinding until there was no to regionals, boys more course left. Mariana so- "Wesfillhaveaverystrongbut five o lidified her legacy here at Hays young core of runners returning the te High. on the girls team," Buckley said. als, sc It marked the end of a suc- "Rose Hyak, Jennifer Colon- us the cessful cross-country season for netta, Carly Hogue and Tabitha begin Hays that saw Sigala advance to Rodriguez will be our return- to kee state and the boys team advance ing girls varsity runners. On the for ne ~ide, we will be retuming ! our seven runners from an that made it to region- that is very exciting. For re is no offseason. We will working again very soon p up with the competition a year." Lehm Lehman sof by Nikki He and Jamie ( Hays' McKinna Kil the Universi Ralph Guen PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN ]1 " " ]1 m s Ervm signs to play softball with St. Ed s ba p ayer Cydney Erv n s gned to p ay at[St Edward's Un vers ty n Aust n Erv n s surrounded 'rera, Don Ruisinger, Gloria Sandoval, Ste~e Davis, Larry Schulte, Jay Sansom, Michael Laney ',oy. [ PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON KJnsey signs to play softball with UNT isey, sitting with her parents, Sandy (left) and Bo, signed her official national letter of intent with :y of North Texas to play softball. 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