Maybe it was the rain delay that saw the game start set back 30 minutes because of a lightning sighting or…maybe the Lorena Leopards were a much better team than the Badgers had played to date. Either way, the Lorena Leopards proved to be too much for Lampasas Friday night.
Lampasas passing game just didn’t happen at Lorena. Badger sophomore QB Ace Whitehead was 9 of 24 with 2 interceptions which he, and the fans, just weren’t used to. In the air the Badger offense had just 129 yards.
It wasn’t so apparent that it was to be a bad night for the Badgers in the first half. At the end of the first quarter it was 7-7. Lorena came back early in the second to score again and it was 14-7 Lorena. With 6 minutes left in the second quarter the Leopards scored again on a pass to make it 21-7. The Badgers came back with an answer in a Whitehead to Michael Murray pass to end the half at 21-14.
The 21-14 Lorena lead at the break didn’t seem insurmountable and Badger fans looked for a comeback – but it wasn’t to happen.
Finding themselves behind 14-21, the Badgers struggled in their first possession, suffering an interception and giving it back to Lorena who came up with a completion that brought them out to the 39, then a first down that took them to the Lampasas 49. A pass was dropped and the Leopards were 4th and 6 and had to kick.
Lampasas had it back at the 7 with 3:50 left in the third quarter. A quick run by Jack Jerome took it out to the 37, then Whitehead failed to hit Murray in the open. Lampasas was forced to punt and Whitehead’s kick sent it to the Lorena 8.
Lorena came out strong, getting a quick first, then an 80 yard pass play for a Lorena TD. Lampasas was in trouble with Lorena ahead 28-14.
The Badgers struggled but gave up the goal line again and it was 35-14 Lorena in the 4th quarter. After a few exchanges, late in the 4th quarter, Lampasas got a turnover and got the ball back on their own 11. QB Ace Whitehead continued to have trouble connecting with his receivers but a five yard penalty against Lorena gave some hope. Alas, pressure from Lorena’s defense caused Whitehead to have to throw it away and it was 3rd and 5. Whitehead completed one to Cameron Everts but it was called back and two plays later Lampasas hopes were dashed as Lorena intercepted another pass.
Lorena took possession and kept the clock rolling as much as possible to keep their win in place and get it over with.
Lampasas will go on the road again next Friday this time to La Vernia, another blue and white team. La Vernia’s Bears are for real. They are 3-0 and trounced La Grange last night 41-14.