Through the first quarter Abilene High found themselves up 14-0 on the road at Arlington Lamar. Alas, all good things must come to an end. A second quarter push gave Lamar the lead, but it took a Draven Cantly 93 yard kickoff return to push Arlington Lamar past Abilene High in 6A Division II playoff action. The win gave Lamar their first ever win over the Eagles.
Abram Smith came in as the feature back for the Eagles, but during the first quarter he took a backseat to QB Peyton Killam. Touchdown rushes of 66 and 14 yards gave the Eagles the two touchdown lead and a large time of possession advantage. Both would dissipate in the second quarter.
Lamar would finally find a way for their muscles to overpower the Eagles D. The result, a 25-3 scoring advantage over the next quarter and a third. During the run three different Lamar players would score,and Abilene found themselves reeling.
Enter Abram Smith. Smith had been relatively quiet in the run department. Instead he took it out to do special teams. A 90 yard kickoff return would end the 25-3 scoring run by Lamar, but more importantly, it gave the Eagles the needed boost to compete in the fourth quarter.
With 0:16 left in the game Oscar Hernandez nailed a 39 yard Field Goal, his second of the night. Abilene High looked like they were about to continue their perfect streak against Lamar. Alas, all good things must come to an end. Cantly would respond with Lamar’s equalizing special teams score. Despite a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty,a squib kick later found Lamar moving on to the area round.
Abilene High finishes a season of unexpected twists and turns at 7-4. Lamar improves to 9-2.
ARLINGTON LAMAR 39, ABILENE HIGH 32
Abilene 14 3 6 10 –32
Lamar 0 10 14 7 –39
AHS– Peyton Killam 66 run (Oscar Hernandez kick), 11:38
AHS– Killam 14 run (Hernandez kick), 5:00
LAM– Rashad Polk 36 run (kick blocked), 11:43
LAM– Kofi Boateng 13 pass from Shane Buechele (run failed), 8:50
AHS– Hernandez 26 FG, 3:15
LAM– Boateng 24 pass from Buechele (pass failed), 1:02
LAM– Buechele 30 run (Brent McQuitty kick), 8:17
AHS– Abram Smith 90 kickoff (run failed), 8:02
LAM– Draven Cantly 11 pass from Buechele (McQuitty kick), 1:57
AHS– Immanuel Brown 1 run (Hernandez kick), 7:58
AHS– Hernandez 39 FG, 0:16
LAM– Cantly 93 kickoff return (McQuitty kick), 0:03
First Downs 17 21
Rushes-Yds 48-263 33-176
Passing 121 186
Comp-Att-Int 8-15-0 19-29-1
Punts 1-36 3-40
Fumbles-lost 3-3 1-1
Penalties-Yds 2-10 3-30
RUSHING: AHS– Abram Smith 25-126, Peyton Killam 15-115, Immanuel Brown 7-31, Team 1-(-9); LAM– Shane Buechele 13-90, Rashad Polk 12-73, Kendall Burk 7-13, Kofi Boateng 1-0.
PASSING: AHS– Killam 8-14-0–121, Team 0-1-0–0; LAM– Buechele 19-29-1–186.
RECEIVING: AHS– Qua’Shawn Washington 4-105, Raekwon Millsap 4-16; LHS– Boateng 7-83, Dracen Cantly 6-50, Yishai Yablon 4-34, Polk 1-13, Andrew McDonald 1-6.