Seventy-one total offensive plays weren’t enough for the Lehman Lobos to find the end zone in their district tilt with the Anderson Trojans Thursday.
The Trojan’s ability to limit the Lobo offense allowed Anderson to defeat Lehman 28-0 at Nelson Field in Austin.
Lehman (0-8, 0-6) continues to search for its first win of the 2015 season. The loss to Anderson marks the Lobos’ 15th straight loss.
The Lobo offense found success on the ground by gaining 111 yards rushing. The tandem of running back Bryan Mendoza and quarterback Jeremiah Brown provided the base for Lehman’s ground game. Mendoza rushed for 59 yards on 17 carries, while Brown amassed 56 yards on the ground.
Lehman junior quarterback Jacob Zamora threw for 95 yards on 9 of 27 passing. But Zamora was the victim of an Anderson defense that compiled three interceptions in the game, with two of those interecetpions returned for touchdowns.
On the opposite end, Anderson countered with a balanced offense which amassed 261 total yards on the evening. Trojan quarterback Trey Lundquist completed 50 percent of his passes by going 8 for 16 with 115 yards and a touchdown. Lindquist also added 17 yards rushing.
Lundquist attacked Lehman’s defense with the receiving combination of wide receiver James Baran, who finished with 65 yards and a touchdown, and Jacob Graves, who had 59 yards receiving.
Trojan running back Kenneth Robertson rushed for 67 yards on 13 carries. Running back Trey Espinoza ran for 34 yards on one carry and scored a touchdown.
Anderson took a 7-0 lead after a quarter of play via a 34-yard touchdown run from Espinoza. The Trojans then added 14 more points in the second frame, highlighted by a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown by Wes Engeling.
Lehman offense’s best opportunity for points came late in the first half. Zamora led a drive that got as far as the Anderson 18-yard-line, but the first half came to a close before the Lobos could strike. Anderson led 21-0 at intermission.
Disaster struck Lehman again on the first drive of the second half. A Zamora pass was intercepted by Eric Slatter and returned 28 yards for a score.
The Lobos final opportunity to score came with a five minute third quarter drive that featured three third-down conversions, but ended with a fourth down incompletion.
Lehman hosts Austin High for its home finale Thursday at Shelton Stadium. The Lobos travel to play at Westlake on Nov. 6 to close the regular season.