- Published: Saturday, 28 September 2013 01:00
BY MOSES LEOS III.
In a high octane, 90 point thriller, Hays staved off upset minded Lehman en route to a 56-34 win in front of a packed house in Shelton Stadium on Friday.
The win marks the eighth straight victory for Hays in the rivalry series. Hays improves to 3-1, 1-0 in 27-4A play. Lehman falls to 1-3, 0-1 in 27-4A.
Oddly enough, the first quarter began rather slowly.
Both teams traded turnovers before Hays running back Dylan Kasper scored the first touchdown from one yard out.
Lehman countered after defensive lineman Andrew Davila intercepted a Hayden Cagle screen pass. It took less than two minutes before quarterback Jeremy Schilhab tossed the first of his four touchdowns to wide receiver John Herrera. The first went for 40 yards, placing Lehman within a point at 7-6 after a missed point after.
(Above) Hays quarterback Jeff Jordan (12) leaps over the pile in search of the end zone in the Hays vs. Lehman rivalry game. The Rebels outlasted a determined Lobos squad 56-34 to claim their eighth straight win in the series. Photo by Rafael Marquez.
(Below) Lehman wide receiver John Herrera leaps in the air to make a catch. Herrera finished with 250 receiving yards and four touchdowns against Hays. Photo by Lincoln Ramirez.
Hays seemingly began to pull away in the second quarter. The Rebels scored 21 unanswered points, with quarterback Jeff Jordan rushing for two touchdowns. Jordan finished the game with 95 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns on the ground; 13-17 for 268 yards and two touchdowns through the air.
Yet, Lehman showed great resiliency. With less than four minutes left in the first half, Schilhab connected with Herrera for a 68-yard strike down the field, bringing the score to 28-13 at the half. Schilhab finished 13-18 through the air, for a career high 285 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Wide receivers continued to be the topic of discussion in the second half. Herrera and Hays wide receiver Luke Park were both instrumental in the 28 total points scored in the third quarter - 14 from each team.
Herrera led all receivers with 250 yards on eight catches and 4 touchdowns,. It was highlighted by an acrobatic touchdown grab late in the third, which cut the Hays lead to 42-27.
Yet, the Lobos were unable to find an answer for Park, who helped set up several drives in the contest. Park finished with 157 yards on six receptions and scored two touchdowns - one in the third quarter. Park also ran for 93 yards on five carries.
Hays closed it out by overwhelming Lehman with the rush game. Running backs Jeremy Bostick and Thorne Spears put the game away in the fourth with two short touchdown runs. Schilhab added his own nine yard strike with :20 seconds left, but it was too late.
The 2013 Hays/Lehman game will hold a few accolades of note. The 90 combined point total is the most in the history of the rivalry game. Lehman and Hays both earned a season high in total yards, with Lehman gaining 360 and Hays with 642. That adds up to 1,002 yards - the highest combined total yardage in series history.
For reaction from players and coaches on Friday's game, be sure to pick up this week's edition of the Hays Free Press.