Lions unable to hold on vs. Lobos
BUDA – Aside from a few mistakes in their two road outings this season, the Lockhart Lions could be undefeated. Instead, they enter their final week of non-district competition with a 1–2 record.
On Friday, Lockhart visited Kyle Lehman at Bob Shelton Stadium in Buda, turning the ball over twice, and had a high snap on a punt attempt. These errors turned into 13 points for the Lobos, who, despite trailing the visitors early in the third quarter, used a big-play offense to hold off the Lions, 41–31.
“We’ve got to play cleaner football,” Lockhart Head Coach Todd Moebes said. “We had some moments. At this point and time, we just have to play like the football team we’re capable of being for 48 minutes.”
Lockhart led twice — at 3-0 and 24-21 — but was outscored 20-7 in the final 14:10 to give Lehman its first win in three outings.
Lockhart managed 422 of offense but allowed 454 yards while giving up lengthy scoring plays of 57, 37 and 30 yards.
The Lions appeared to come out strong, as junior running back Nathaniel Gonzales sprinted 57 yards to paydirt on Lockhart’s first possession. However, a holding penalty eliminated the big play and Lockhart eventually turned the ball over on downs.
On its second series, the Lions reached the Lobos’ 5-yard line, but settled for a 22-yard field goal by Omar Ocampo for a 3-0 lead with 2:54 left in the first quarter.
Lehman junior Mo Bayo answered with a 57-yard burst of his own, this one with no flags. Edgar Garcia’s PAT with 56 seconds left in the first quarter gave the Lobos a 7-3 advantage.
Lehman capped off a 10-play drive with 6:49 left in the second quarter when Isaiah Hernandez scored on a 16-yard run up the middle. Garcia’s PAT made it 14-3.
Lockhart used a 12-play drive to tighten things up at 14-9 when quarterback Ashton Dickens scored on a powerful 3-yard run. The PAT was blocked.
Lehman only needed three plays to get back in the end zone, this time with Bayo scoring from a yard out. Garcia’s kick made it 21-9 with 58 seconds left in the half.
Lehman surprised Lockhart with an onsides-kick to open the third quarter, recovering at the Lions’ 46. However, this time the Lobos were unable to maintain possession as Zakaya Gathings caused a fumble and Ayden Scott recovered for Lockhart.
Five plays later, Gonzales was in the end zone after a 36-yard jaunt/ Dickens ran in the two-point conversion and with 9:20 left in the period, Lehman’s lead was cut to 21-17.
Lockhart would take its second and final lead with 5:44 left in the third period when Dickens lofted a perfect pass to Gage Deutsch over the middle for a 57-yard connection. Ocampo’s PAT gave the Lions a 24-21 lead.
Lehman drove 75 yards in seven play to take the lead again with 2:10 left in the third on a 37-yard pass from Collin Richardson to Anthony Mata. Garcia’s PAT gave the Lobos a 28-24 advantage, one they would never relinquish.
Lehman took over at the Lockhart 10-yard line following a high snap on a punt attempt and it took just one play to revisit the end zone, this time on a 10-yard pass from Richardson to Amir Washington on the first play of the fourth quarter. Garcia’s PAT made it 35-24 with 11:53 remaining.
Lockhart scored its final TD on Dickens’ 2-yard run with 8:59 remaining. Ocampo’s kick made it 35-31.
The Lobos put the game away with 41 seconds left when Bayo sprinted 30 yards for a TD. The PAT was no good.
Gonzales had another big game for the Lions. After carrying 37 times a week ago against Pflugervile Connally, he had 25 attempts for 158 yards and a score against Lehman. In the last two games, Gonzales has managed 451 yards.
Lockhart returns to Lions Stadium Friday to face Davenport High of Comal County. The Wolves, who handled Lockhart 62-42 last season, are also 1-2 with back-to-back losses to Kerrville Tivy (28-10) and San Antonio Pieper (34-31), both teams in Lockhart’s District.
Last year, Davenport’s Shastin Golden rushed 29 times for 377 yards and 7 touchdowns against Lockhart, but he is now playing for Trinity University in San Antonio.
“For us, it’s about getting things right,”Moebes said. “I’ve never been about what happened last year. We’ve just gotta get better.”
District 13 scores:
Kyle Lehman 41, Lockhart 31 (1-2)
Kerrville Tivy 28 (3-0), Fredericksburg 12
SA Pieper 34 (2-1), Davenport 31
SA Veterans Memorial 46 (2-1), SA MacArthur 24
Round Rock Westwood 59, Bastrop 7 (2-1)
Liberty Hill 45 (2-1), Georgetown 42
Hays 35, Cedar Creek 14 (0-3)
Sept. 8 at Bob Shelton Stadium, Buda
Score by Quarters
Lockhart 3 6 15 7 — 31
Kyle Lehman 7 14 7 13 — 41
TEAM STATS Lockhart Lehman
First Downs 20 21
Rushes-Yards 39-233 39-180
Passing 10-18-1 14-25-0
Passing Yards 189 274
Total Yards 422 454
Punts-Avg. 2-26.6 1-33.0
Penalties-Yards 3-20 8-58
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 4-1
Time of Possession 22:06 25:54
LOCKHART — Gonzales 25-158, Dickens 14-75. LEHMAN — Bayo 15-131, Hernandez 8-45, T.Mata 5-24, Maldanado 2-9, Zambrano 1-3, Holland 2-2, A.Mata 1-(-5), Richardson 4-(-16), team 1-(-13).
LOCKHART — Dickens 10-19-1-187. LEHMAN — Richardson 14-25-0-267.
LOCKHART — Deutsch 1-57, Aguirre 3-48, Gonzales 2-27, Holcomb 1-18, Reese 1-12, Staton 1-8, Frohock 1-7. LEHMAN — A.Mata 7-150, Washington 2-78, Allen 3-25, Holland 2-21.
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LOCKHART — Ocampo 22 field goal, 2:54
LEHMAN — Bayo 57 run (Garcia kick), :56
LEHMAN — Hernandez 16 run (Garcia kick), 6:49
LOCKHART — Dickens 3 run (kick blocked), 1:27
LEHMAN — Bayo 1 run (Garcia kick), :58
LOCKHART — Gonzales 36 run (Dickens run), 9:20
LOCKHART — Deutsch 57 pass from Dickens (Ocampo kick), 5:44
LEHMAN — A.Mata 37 pass from Richardson (Garcia kick), 2:10
LEHMAN — Washington 10 pass from Richardson, 11:53
LOCKHART — Dickens 2 run (Ocampo kick), 8:59
LEHMAN — Bayo 30 run (kick fail), :41