CL Hawks Can’t Stay Up with Lampasas in Loss, 56-35
Canyon Lake could not keep up with an offensive juggernaut against the Badgers losing, 56-35 in Lampasas.
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.
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.
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