Badger Football(1-6) lost again last night, but once again, it was a good game and certainly not a runaway for the heavily favored 5-2 Liberty Hill Panthers. The Panthers bested the Badgers by 27-16 on Badger Field. KCYL broadcaster Darrell Brooks saw it like this:
"The Lampasas Badgers fell to the Liberty Hill Panthers 27-16 in a tight defensive struggle. Trailing 20-15 in the fourth quarter, the Badger defense provided the big stop they needed when Jace Hankins recovered a fumble to give the Badger offense a chance to take their first lead since the first quarter when they led 3-0 after a 37-yard field goal by Jared Salazar. however, the Liberty Hill defense stopped the Badgers on downs. The Panthers scored on their next drive to take a 27-16 lead.
The play of the night was a 17-yard touchdown catch by Harrison Gillespie. With the defender draped all over him, drawing a pass interference penalty, Gillespie somehow pulled the ball in over the top of the defender as he fell backwards into the end zone. Statistical leaders were:
Harrison Gillespie: 7 receptions for 50 yards and 1 touchdown, Nathan Keese: with 3 receptions for 36 yards and 1 touchdown, Jason Murphey: 5 receptions for 76 yards The Badgers now fall to 0-2 in district and travel to Bellmead next Friday to take on 7-0 La Vega, the defending 4A State champions.
La Vega beat China Spring 17-10 last night. The game will be broadcast over KCYL 1450AM and over the internet at lampasasradio.com. Lometa's Hornets (4-3) are off this week with an open date. Next week the team will kick off district play with a home game against Medina (1-5). The Badger Freshmen football team lost to Liberty Hill 12-18 on Thursday.
The Badger JV football team lost 8-38 to the Liberty Hill Panthers on Thursday.
Badger Tennis was at Liberty Hill on Thursday, coming out with a 12-6 win to add to their 10-1 record for the year. They are now Area Champions and headed to Bryan on the 26th for Regionals on the 27th and 28th.
This team has now been recognized by the Texas Tennis Coaches Association as holding the current #6 position in the state. That is pretty amazing for a team that only had 3 returning starters from last year's #8 in the state team, but Coach Kenneth Peiser says the team
is "playing together and gaining confidence and getting stronger." He's justifiably proud of this team as they advance to the regionals.