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Waco Gears Up for Playoffs Against A&M Consolidated


Waco Lions (6-4) vs. College Station A&M Consolidated Tigers (7-3)
Friday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.
Waco ISD Stadium – Waco, Texas

After a one-year layoff, Waco enters the playoff hunt against A&M Consolidated. The Lions made a four-game improvement in 2015 and finished as the top seed from District 17-5A in Division II.

In the regular season finale, Waco switched quarterbacks after a sluggish start to defeat Waco University 48-13. A&M Consolidated held off Livingston 40-21 and finished in a three-way tie for the district title with Bryan and College Station. The Tigers claimed the second seed in Division II from District 18-5A behind College Station due to head-to-head competition.

“We’re feeling great,” Consolidated head coach David Raffield commented to the Bryan Eagle. “We accomplished a huge goal this year, and that was to get a district championship. It wasn’t the prettiest at all times tonight, but we kind of knew it would be that way.”

Against the Trojans, Will Richards III started for the Lions, but Jalen Harris took over the signal caller duties at the start of the second quarter with Waco leading 7-0. Harris immediately orchestrated an eight-play, 72-yard scoring drive, upping the lead to 14-0.

The sophomore running back/quarterback finished the contest with 89 rushing yards and a touchdown and threw for 64 yards with two touchdowns. In 2015, Harris has rushed for 906 yards on 139 carries and scored seven times. At quarterback, he has thrown for 628 with 34 completions in 77 attempts and eight touchdowns.

Richards III missed several games during the regular season due to injury which limited his passing. As a runner, he has gained 444 yards on 82 carries and reached the end zone seven times this season.

Tiger quarterback Mason Hickson passed for 194 yards and two touchdowns against Livingston. But Hickson sustained an injury late in the first half and did not return to the game. For the season, the senior has thrown for 1,834 yards with 115 completions in 216 attempts and 20 touchdowns.

Robert Franklin leads A&M Consolidated in rushing. The junior running back has gained 666 yards on 109 carries and scored six touchdowns in 2015.

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