2017-10-17 / Sports

Fourth-down efficiency lifts Tigers past Lometa

BY JEFF LOWE
DISPATCH RECORD


Pedro Almaguer (2) carries the ball while Javier Felan blocks and Colby Henry (back right) follows downfield during the Hornets’ one-point loss to Blanket on Friday. 
JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD Pedro Almaguer (2) carries the ball while Javier Felan blocks and Colby Henry (back right) follows downfield during the Hornets’ one-point loss to Blanket on Friday. JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD Blanket’s repeated fourth-down conversions helped the Tigers scrape past Lometa 51-50 on Friday. Both teams moved to 5-2 at the end of non-district play.

Lometa led most of the game, but Blanket took the upper hand once in the third quarter and a final time in the fourth quarter.

“We played really great on the first three downs, and then we just couldn’t get a stop on fourth down,” Lometa coach D.T. Torres said.

Torres estimated the Tigers converted about nine fourth-down tries in the game.

On another play, the Hornets had a chance for an interception and long return, but the pass was tipped, and Blanket came up with the reception.

“Not taking anything away from Blanket,” Torres said, “[but] we made the game a lot closer and a lot tougher than what it needed to be.”

The Hornets had a “handful of plays that if we make ’em, we win the ball game, or it swings the momentum the other way,” Torres said.

Lometa was ahead 16-8 at the end of the first quarter, and the teams were tied 22- 22 at halftime.

Blanket regained the lead with about four minutes left in the game. The Hornets stalled on their next offensive drive, giving the Tigers the ball with only a couple minutes remaining to run out the clock.

Hunter Lock and Logan Evans scored rushing touchdowns for Lometa. Eddie Jaimes returned the opening kickoff, and a kick in the third quarter, for touchdowns.

Jaimes also “had a strong performance defensively,” the coach said.

Ryan Davidson completed a touchdown pass to Kenneth Faught for the second week in a row.

“Hunter Lock had a really good game,” Torres said – just one week after Lock was sidelined due to sickness.

Pedro Almaguer stripped a ball away and recovered a fumble for the Hornets’ only takeaway.

Despite the disappointing result, Torres said the close game was a “really good test for us to kind of see where we’re at.”

On Saturday, Torres scouted Medina, the Hornets’ undefeated district rival and defending district champion.

The Lometa varsity has a bye this week, but a JV game is scheduled for Thursday at Lohn.

The Hornets return to varsity action Oct. 27 at Medina.

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