A career high four touchdown effort from running back Xavier Green paced the Hays Rebels in a 69-36 homecoming win over the Austin Maroons Friday at Shelton Stadium.
All told, both offenses combined for more than 980 total yards on 136 plays in what was at times a back-and-forth shootout.
Hays (6-0, 4-0) sped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter aided by a two-yard touchdown by Xavier Green and a 23-yard touchdown run by Bobby Green.
After a two-yard touchdown run by Austin High running back Grayson Davis early in the second frame, Hays wide receiver Bryant Lewis returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a score.
Lewis’ return ignited a 21-point flurry, giving Hays a commanding 34-7 advantage. But the Maroons, led by Davis and quarterback Charles Wright, closed the first half with 14 quick points, whittling Hays’ lead to 34-21 at intermission.
Both offenses kept up the pace in the third quarter by scoring 21 combined points in roughly the span of a minute. It began with a 28-yard touchdown by Xavier Green, followed by a 58-yard touchdown run by Davis on the very next drive.
Xavier Green then sprinted 55-yards for his fourth score of the game, giving Hays a 48-28 advantage. The Rebels closed the contest on a 21-7 run that included a 29-yard touchdown by Josh Rodriguez.
Hays finished the game with 410 yards rushing. Meanwhile, the Rebel defense forced five total Austin High turnovers, including two key fumbles.