The Lampasas Badgers ran into a buzz saw Friday night, falling to the Wimberley Texans 31-7. Turnovers and untimely penalties were the downfall for the Badgers as they suffered two fumbles and two interceptions.
The Badgers held their own early in what looked to be an old fashioned defensive battle. The Badgers held the Texans to a 28-yard field goal in the first quarter. The Badger defense forced two first half turnovers, but the offense was not able to capitalize.
Early in the second quarter the Badgers forced a Texan punt, but it was muffed and recovered by the Texans at the Badger 39 yard line. The Texans only needed four plays to extend the lead to 10-0 which held until halftime.
The turning point of the night occurred on the first play of the second half. After a good kickoff return by Santos Vega to give the Badgers good field position at midfield, a Texas defender stepped in front of a Cohen Cockburn pass for a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Texans led 17-0, putting the Badgers in a hole they could not climb out of.
The Badgers only score of the night came after a 15 play, 64-yard drive capped off with a 5-yard run by Cohen Cockburn.
In the second quarter, Cockburn ripped off a 37-yard touchdown run to cut the lead into the Texans’ 10 point lead. However, a holding call nullified the touchdown. The Badgers would fumble later in the drive to end the threat.
The leaders were: Harrison Gillespie - 8 receptions for 117 yards; Jason Murphy - 5 receptions for 29 yards; Cohen Cockburn – 16 of29 for 192 yards, 2 interceptions, and 9 carries for 48 yards and 1 touchdown .
The Badgers fall to 1-2 on the season. The Badgers host the Lorena Leopards next Friday night.
The Lometa Hornets fell to the #6 ranked Gorman Panthers 61-46. They meet the Morgan Eagles next Friday at home.