Little time was needed for the state-ranked Westlake Chaparrals (8-0, 4-0) to exact a 56-7 drubbing of the overwhelmed Lehman Lobos (1-8, 0-5) Friday at Bob Shelton Stadium.
Westlake, ranked third in Class 6A and 30th nationally, quickly showed its prowess with an explosive opening quarter.
Senior running back Nakia Watson scored the first points of the game on a two-yard touchdown run within the first six minutes of the game.
The Lobos struggled to get any offense going on the ensuing drive, and Westlake responded by scoring again, this time with a 55-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Taylor Anderson to sophomore wide receiver Mason Mangum.
Westlake added two more touchdowns, including a 42-yard touchdown reception by Watson, to take a commanding 28-0 lead.
The Chaparral offensive onslaught did not slow down there. Senior Izaiah Faz ran in a touchdown that extended the lead to 35-0.
The Lobos fumbled on their following drive, and Westlake took advantage. Anderson hit Faz for a 13-yard touchdown pass and the Chaparrals stormed to a 42-0 advantage into halftime.
Lehman had 8 rushing yards in the first half, and freshman quarterback Bryant Lewis had yet to really find his receivers, going 5-8 for 44 yards.
Sophomore linebacker J.D. Brown recorded four tackles in the first half, and was having success covering both sides of the field.
The Lobo offense had a bit more success in the second half. Westlake received the second half kickoff and promptly scored again. Anderson hit Mangum for a 9-yard touchdown pass and the Chaparal offense continued to excel.
Westlake led 56-0 with 4:18 left in the third quarter.
Lehman orchestrated its best response of the game soon after.
Lewis connected with sophomore wide receiver Zack Harris twice on a six-play, 73-yard drive. Lewis completed a touchdown pass to Harris to finish the drive, and the Lobos scored to avoid the shutout.
“It (the touchdown) built our confidence. It showed our guys that they can do it,” Lobo head coach Josh Kirkland said.
Defense ruled the fourth quarter, with neither team scoring again.
Despite the outcome, Kirkland lauded the ability for many of his younger players to see solid playing time on the field.
“The good thing is we had a lot of sophomores, juniors start,” Kirkland said. “These guys got to see this really good Westlake football team, and see what that looks like.”
Lewis finished 11 of 19 for 97 yards and the lone touchdown on the day. Sophomore Zack Harris led the team with five receptions and a team-high 40 receiving yards and one score.
Defensively, Brown finished with a team-high 7.5 tackles. Junior Adrian Yanez had three tackles of his own and senior Kekoa Engleman recorded the Lobos’ lone sack.
Lehman will take its bye week Friday, and then closes the year against Leander on Nov. 10.