For the better part of four-plus minutes Friday, the Lehman Lobos showed exactly what head coach Bruce Salmon felt they were capable of.
Granted, such moments were few and far between in a 59-7 district loss to the state-ranked Lake Travis Cavaliers.
None of that mattered when the Lobos orchestrated an eight-play, 81-yard second quarter scoring drive that, at that time, cut the Cavalier lead to only a touchdown. For Salmon, getting players to realize the consistency needed to replicate that success is a block he hopes to build around.
“Right now, we talk about being an engine. We’re getting our spark plugs to fire, but we’re not firing enough to keep the motor going. That drive, we put it together,” Salmon said. “It’s a catch-22. It’s what we’re capable of, but it’s not what we do consistently yet.”
Amid the success of Lehman’s lone scoring drive was the team’s overall struggle in attempting to quell an explosive Cavalier program.
Lake Travis out-gained Lehman 435-218 in total yards. Cavalier quarterback Hudson Card amassed 157 all-purpose yards and three scores in only one half of play, while running back Marcelo Alanis rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns.
Lake Travis (5-1, 4-0) leapt out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first frame. Lehman (1-4, 0-3) countered early in the second frame with a six-yard touchdown run by running back Keyshaun Williams, cutting the Cavalier lead to 14-7.
But from there, the Cavaliers slammed on the gas pedal and tallied 28 more points, building a 42-7 halftime lead.
With second and third string players in the contest, Lake Travis added 17 more unanswered points in the second half.
Even so, Salmon said the focus for the Lobos was attempting to play their best game and take care “of the things we’re supposed to do and not worry about what they’re (Lake Travis) doing.”
At the same time, Salmon said taking on Lake Travis provided the program a “good measuring stick” of where they stand.
“Sometimes you make it bigger than what it is. That’s the trick we have to take care of. Getting through it healthy I think is the bigger thing in the long run,” Salmon said.
Leading the way for Lehman was quarterback Logan Travis who finished 7 of 15 for 61 yards passing and had 58 yards on the ground. Lobo running back Kanui Guidry led the team with 71 yards rushing on 17 carries, while Williams had 25 yards on 11 carries.
Salmon said Logan has developed despite a limited amount of time in the starting role. Logan took over the offense roughly a month ago after starter Joey Guajardo suffered a season-ending injury.
“When you replace one sophomore quarterback with another sophomore quarterback, and the other one has only been in your program for two and a half weeks at the point, you tend to train your horse at the rodeo and grow up,” Salmon said.
Continuing to develop their offense, primarily through the air, is the goal for the Lobos in the back half of the season.
“We have to mix the run and pass. Because in this league, you can only do one, then eventually you can run into someone who can take that away,” Salmon said.
Lehman travels to play at Del Valle Friday. The Lobos square off against crosstown rival Hays Oct. 18.