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The Huntsville Hornets shut down Austin LBJ’s offense and ran over, around and through the Jaguars’ defense en route to an impressive 54-28 Area Round victory this past Friday nigh at Waco ISD Stadium.
Although the Hornets raced out to a commanding 20-0 lead seconds into the second quarter, the Jags slowed the bleeding, allowing just one more score before halftime to trail 27-0. However, Huntsville quickly scored after returning the second half kickoff to the Jaguar 2 yard-line, eventually building a 40-0 lead before LBJ finally put points on the board.
LBJ junior quarterback Ari Scott (22-30, 213 yds, 3 TDs, 2 INTs plus a rushing TD) posted a decent night but he was the extent of the offense as Huntsville stuffed the Jags’ rushing game early.
Huntsville improves to 7-5 on the season and move on to face Randle in the Regional Semifinals. After an 0-3 start in non-district, Coach Joseph Raul’s Jaguars had won eight straight games including last week’s Bi-district win over Pflugerville before Friday’s season-ending loss. LBJ closed out the season at 8-4 overall and at 7-0, the undefeated champions of District 12-5A-2.
The Liberty Hill Panthers beat the Pioneer Diamondbacks 62-35 behind their high powered Slot-T rushing offense led by seniors Ben Carter & Noah Long. Carter had one of his best nights as a Panther Fullback rushing for 226 yards and 6 TDs. Long chipped in with 2 long TDs of his own.
The defense from the Panthers showed up in a big way limiting the high powered attack of the Diamondbacks offense. Pioneer was led by the Senior QB Julian Valdez & Sophomore RB Dylan Tijerina.
The victory will set up a rematch between Liberty Hill and Flour Bluff in the Sweet 16 of the Texas D-II 5A Playoffs next Friday night (7 PM) at Heroes Stadium in San Antonio. The last time the two met in the postseason was a year ago, in which the Panthers ran away with a 63-43 victory.