Football, Game Article | November 2, 2019

CL Hawks Can’t Stay Up with Lampasas in Loss, 56-35


Canyon Lake High School Split End / Linebacker Kyle Wharton (#42) takes down the Lampasas running back.  rr[Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / MJR Photography / www.mjrphotog.com]

Canyon Lake could not keep up with an offensive juggernaut against the Badgers losing, 56-35 in Lampasas.

           Beat Liberty Hill!!

This would be a pick-your-poison game for the Hawk’s defense as Lampasas finished with 558 yards with a balanced offense that had 262 yards rushing and 296 through the air.

“We matched their intensity at times and we responded and kept playing,” Head Coach Charley Drum said in retrospect.

The loss was not all bad after seeing an up and down offense this year put together a passing game that was last seen during the 2012 season, it was CL’s last season before installing a slot-t running game.

“That was a good sign as that was our best passing for this year,” Coach Drum closed. “Those were some good things we can take into next week’s game.”

Peyton McMullen had his best game for his career finishing with 263 yards passing and finding 5 different Hawks with a reception. Jeremy Greene would lead that covey of players by breaking the 100 yard barrier with 103 of those yards on 3 catches.

“I just trusted our receivers and our offensive line protected me,” McMullen recalled. “We executed very well.” On how this team will respond for next week’s game? “Play hard and play fast!”

The game started with a Badger team that has a very good QB in Junior Ace Whitehead and several players that have those skilled attributes that can make an opposing team pay by the run or pass.

QB Peyton McMullen and Receiver Jeremy Greene after record passing game.

That would be the case on this night as the Badgers who will now go to Fredericksburg next week, with the winner taking a District 28-4A Championship.

For Canyon Lake this loss still has them with a chance of finishing with a 3rd seeded berth by getting a win at home against Liberty Hill next week.

Those Hawk passing yards was just what the Doctor ordered. Those airway yards will now give opponents more to think about. It will have a chance in helping CL’s rushing attack a better chance to take over.

On this night the Badgers was the aggressor that had Canyon Lake playing catch-up throughout the contest.

A 10 play 77 yard drive had 6 rushes and 4 passes which would be a common occurrence with a quick, 7-0 lead for the Home team.

Canyon Lake would make their presence known in matching the Badgers with an 87 yard drive that had an explosive 72 yard pass to James Bates that put the Hawks on their 14 yard line. The second 3rd down and 9 conversion had Bates with an 11 yard run and then Nic Rivera would tie the score.

Lampasas took just 4 plays on their next drive that was accented with a 43 yard pass play and a, 14-7 Badger lead.

CL would convert another 3rd and long on the next possession with a 15 yard pass from the shot gun formation and then a 69 yard run by Bates and another tied contest.

           Hawks are the Best!!

Bates is closing in on a 1000 yard season and seems to have a knack in getting long gainers that have come in most of The Lake’s games this season.

That Hawk score would be the last tie, as these Badgers, would unleash their lethal offense with 4 consecutive scores until the Hawks could respond.

CL would get their offense awakened in scoring 3 more times and finishing this battle by scoring the most points against Lampasas this season.

Sophomore Jeremy Greene would score his 3rd touchdown this year via the pass and then, Freshman Helijah Johnson, was able to score his first Varsity TD from 1 yard out and finished with 53 punishing yards.

What Greene’s thoughts were on his solid night, “That was all our offensive line and Peyton (McMullen).”We knew this was a good team….we just have to realize that we can be there and that will build our culture.”

On what next week will bring, “We are going to rebuild and reload and we will be ready and we have been waiting for this team (Liberty Hill) all year.”

Kyle Yuill would be CL’s final score late in the 4th stanza with a nice 22 yard catch that converted a 4th and 10 yard play and final, 56-35.

This contest had a lot of first’s in running a slot-t that came from CL’s passing game.


                  The Top 10 Hawk’s Passing Games
                  Game         Yards    Quarterback        Year
               1. Ingram       343      Ross Wagliardo     2009
               2. Llano        330      Ross Wagliardo     2009
               3. Luling       323      Branson Belcher    2011
               4. China Spring 307      Ross Wagliardo     2009
               5. Burnet       300      Branson Belcher    2012
               6. Wimberley    293      Jeff Nabors        2010
               7. Blanco       292      Ross Wagliardo     2009
               8. Wimberley    273      Ross Wagliardo     2009
               9. Lampasas     263      Peyton McMullen    2019
              10. Billies      258      Jeff Nabors        2010

Greene’s 103 yards receiving was one yard short of Tanner Faris who had 104 yards receiving against Taylor. Now there are two players who have broken that 100 yard barrier.

               Last Week in District 28-4A
               Team             W   L     Pct
               Lampasas         4   0   1.000
               Fredericsburg    4   0   1.000
               CL Hawks         2   2    .500
               Burnet           1   3    .250
               Liberty Hill     1   3    .250
               Taylor           0   4    .000
               Games and Scenario:
Liberty Hill @ CL Hawks: If CL wins they will clinch 3rd Seed. 
A loss would have a tie breaker with Liberty Hill and Burnet. 
Those 3 teams would come down to points scored.
Burnet       @ Taylor  : Burnet is the favorite against the Ducks.
Lampasas     @ Billies : Winner will win District. 

So with simple logic, there are 3 teams battling for those last two playoff spots.

Liberty Hill would not qualify with a loss based on Burnet’s win over the Panthers. But a loss will have an abacus working into the night to give the final say of who is in or out!

Go Hawks and Beat the Panthers!!


           1  2  3  4   Final
CL Hawks   7  7  6 15   35
Lampasas  14 15 21  6   56
Scoring Summary:
LB-Michael Murray 29 yard pass from Ace Whitehead, (Whitehead kick), 6:29. 1st
CL-Nic Rivera 1 yard run (Nash Young kick), 2:17, 1st
LB-Michael Murray 43 yard pass from Whitehead (Whitehead kick), 0:38, 1st
CL-James Bates 69 yard run (Nash Young kick), 10:58, 2nd
LB-Duante Cuffie 45 yard run (Whitehead kick), 2:28, 2nd
LB-Duante Cuffie 9 yard run (Whitehead kick), 0:48, 2nd
LB-Ace Whitehead 14 yard run (Whitehead kick), 9:55, 3rd
LB-Jaylon Porter 69 yard pass from Whitehead (Whitehead kick), 7:04, 3rd
CL-Jeremy Greene 5 yard pass from Peyton McMullen (pat blocked), 5:05, 3rd
LB-Cameron Everts 27 yard pass from Whitehead (Whitehead kick), 4:46, 3rd
CL-Halijah Johnson 1 yard run (Kyle Yuill pass from McMullen), 11:47, 4th
LB-Jack Jerome 1 yard run (pat failed), 10:51, 4th
CL-Kyle Yuill 22 yard pass from Peyton McMullen (Nash Young kick), 0:47, 4th

Team Stats           Badgers         Hawks
Total Yards          558             489
First Downs          25              22
Rush/Yards           29/262          51/226
Comp/Att/Int         12/18/0         8/14/0
Passing Yards        296             263
Punts/Ave            1/30.0          3/34.3
Fumbles/Lost         1/0             0/0
Penalties-Yards      10-95           5-45
TOP                  18:30           29:30
3rd Down Conversion  5/13  35%       2/5   40%
4th Down Conversion  3/5   60%       1/2   50%

Passing              Comp  Att   Pct   Yds   Int  TD
Peyton McMullen      8     14   .571   263   0    2

Rushing              Att   Yds  Ave   Lg   TD
James Bates          13    86   6.6   69   1
Helijah Johnson      10    53   5.3   21   1
Ryan Rivali           9    48   5.3   19   0
Peyton McMullen       5    24   4.8   15   0
Ethan Slater          6    19   3.2   12   0
Matthew Soza          2     1   0.5    1   0
Jesse Horner          1     0   0.0    0   0
Nic Rivera            3    -1  -0.3    1   1 
Jeremy Greene         1    -4  -4.0    0   0
Totals               50   226   4.6   69   3

Receiving            No   Yds   Ave   Lg   TD
Jeremy Greene        3    103  34.3   70   1
James Bates          1     72  72.0   72   0
Kyle Yuill           2     37  18.5   22   1
Tyler Pauly          1     36  36.0   36   0
Nic Rivera           1     15  15.0   15   0
Totals               8    263  32.9   72   2