Hays overpowers Lehman to stay unbeaten

Five touchdowns from senior quarterback Xavier Martinez played a pivotal role in a 55-7 Hays Rebels win over the rival Lehman Lobos at Shelton Stadium.

Hays (7-0, 5-0) notches its 13th straight win over Lehman (0-7, 0-5) while also continuing the program’s best start to a season since the 2005 campaign.

Hays took command early on by scoring three unanswered first quarter touchdowns to take a 21-0 lead. Martinez rushed for two of those scores and tossed an 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end Bayler Jordan.

Lehman immediately battled back to start to second frame. A three-yard touchdown run from running back Keyshaun Williams capped off a five play, 70 yard Lobo scoring drive. Williams’ score cut Hays’ lead to 21-7 early in the second frame.

Williams led the team with 47 yards rushing on 11 carries.

But Lehman was unable to keep Hays’ proficient offense out of the end zone. A 41-yard touchdown run by running back Sam Scott, followed by a one-yard plunge from Martinez expanded the Rebels’ lead to 35-7 at intermission.

Hays, which amassed 539 total yards of offense on the night, added 20 more unanswered points to close the game.

Lehman Lobos running back Keyshaun Williams (left) tries to escape a tackle from Hays Rebels linebacker Jake Lopez. (Photo by Nathan Latsha)

Scott finished with 137 rushing yards and a touchdown, while running back Quaysean Cropper had 115 yards and a score. As a team, Hays rushed for 437 yards on 58 carries. Martinez went 4 of 7 for 66 yards passing and two touchdowns, while rushing for 13 yards and a trio of scores on the ground.

Lobo quarterback Bryant Lewis went 5 of 18 passing for 87 yards and one interception. Lobo wide receiver CJ Scott caught one pass for 47 yards, while wide receiver Daniel O’Neal caught two passes for 21 yards.

Hays travels to play at Westlake Friday at 7:30 p.m. Lehman hosts Anderson Friday at Shelton Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

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