In the ‘Battle of 3009’ Cibolo Steele and Schertz Clemens played their annual rivalry game at Lehnhoff Stadium.
The first half brought a lot of excitement for the Buffaloes as they went toe to toe with the Knights.
Clemens would win the toss and elect to receive. Isaiah Sanders would lean an attack that would surprise the Knights defense at the start.
Sanders, who is starting his second week in a row for Frank Harris, provided a spark and did it through the air and on the ground.
He busted off a 32-yard run that would quickly get the Buffaloes into the Knights side of the field.
With no pass rush up front from the Knights, Sanders had time to throw and showed off his arm connecting with Logan Teske on a 32-yard touchdown reception.
With the extra point good, the Knights fans were stunned as they saw a different Buffaloes team than advertised.
But it would not take long for Steele to answer.
With a pooch kickoff, CJ Williams rumbled down to the Clemens side of the field and set up good position for the Knights.
Texas Tech signee Xavier Martin would lead the Knights into the endzone on just three plays as he too would throw his first touchdown pass of the game.
Onyx Smith would be on the other end of a 33-yard strike from Martin. The extra point was good and we were tied at 7-7 with under eight minutes remaining in the first.
Over the next six minutes both defenses settled in. Neither could get any momentum on offense. Clemens would settle for a field goal with 1:51 remaining in the first.
Clemens would hold a 10-7 lead heading into the second.
The Buffaloes defense would anchor down and penetrate the Knights offensive line, making it hard for Martin and the Knights to get going.
Clemens would hold Steele on two consecutive fourth down attempts.
As the Knights fans grew restless in the stands due to the play calling of the coaching staff, Williams would provide the spark and bring the crowd back to life.
With 1:23 remaining before halftime, Williams received a punt from the Buffaloes and took it 71 yards for a Knights score. An electrifying play by Williams as he found a seam and let his speed do the rest. The touchdown and extra point would put the Knights up 14-10.
There was still a lot of time left on the clock and you could sense the Buffaloes were going to try and reach the endzone or at least get three points befor heading into the half.
With three seconds left, the Buffaloes field goal team trotted on the field for a 52-yard attempt on 4th & 8. Fans rose to their feet as Noah Taylor went in motion. The kick was a line drive and many believe he had missed it, but the raising of the hands by the officials was true; Taylor nailed the field goal.
Definitely a momentum builder heading into halftime.
For the Knights, it may have been a good thing that halftime came because the Buffaloes were showing they were not backing down.
As hot as the Buffaloes were on both sides of the ball in the first half, they left it in the locker room for the second half.
It would be all Steele in the second as they would score 14 in the third and six in the final quarter to propel themselves to a 34-13 win.
The score may look lopsided, but hats off to the Clemens Buffaloes who may have been out of the playoffs, but played some inspired football against a Knights team that looks to make a deep run into the playoffs.
QB Isaiah Sanders: 14 rushes, 80 yards
WR Logan Teske: 2 receptions, 41 yards, touchdown
QB Xavier Martin: 8 for 19, 69 yards 2 TDs
RB Brenden Brady: 11 rushes, 109 yards, TD