Harrison, Gonzalez combine for 7 TDs in Liberty Hill win
By the time the halftime horn sounded, Liberty Hill (3-1) gained more than 300 yards on the ground and scored 61 total points. That first-half spark helped propel the Panthers to 89-34 victory over Connally (1-3) on Friday at Panther Stadium in Liberty Hill.
Brady Brewer returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for the touchdown. The second and third touchdowns of the game for Liberty Hill, a Class 4A team, came via a 44-yard run and 45-yard catch by senior running back Kyle Harrison.
After falling behind 14-0, Connally got on the board after Bobby Hancock leaped, ripped the ball out of a defenders hands and bolted 31-yards up the field for the Cougars’ first touchdown of the game. Hancock was a deep threat all game, hauling in catches of 37 and 42 yards.
Connally’s aerial attack wasn’t enough to slow a Liberty Hill punishing ground game led by Harrison and Shane Gonzalez.
Harrison gained 114 yards and scored three touchdowns in the first half — his third coming via a 35-yard run with 8:47 in the second quarter. His touchdown reception was the only Liberty Hill completed pass in all four quarters. He finished with 163 total yards and three total touchdowns.
Gonzalez gained 125 yards rushing in the first half and 206 yards total. He also added a game-high four touchdowns.
Canyon Lake 50, Smithville 30: The Canyon Lake Hawks (4-0) dominated both sides of the ball en route to a convincing 50-30 win over the visiting Smithville Tigers (2-2) during their homecoming celebration Friday.
Canyon Lake held a slim 6-0 advantage after one quarter when Tristan Chacon ran it in from 30 yards out but the Hawks exploded in the second quarter, outscoring the visiting Tigers 30-10.
Ruff had a spectacular second period that saw him rush for two touchdowns and return a Tiger fumble 70 yards for a touchdown.
The Hawks’ Slot-T offense was unstoppable in the first half as they ran for 263 yards and total 18 first downs to the Tigers’ six. Payton McMullen found the end zone from four yards away on the first play of the quarter before Ruff added his touchdown runs of 2 yards and 49 yards.
The Tigers stuck around following Ruff ’s first score when Lane Otto found Tardrick Fowler for a 10-yard touchdown. Gerardo Jaimes kicked a 39-yard field goal to end the half down 36-10.
Smithville showed some fight in the fourth quarter with 20 unanswered points with touchdowns from Brice Drisdale, Chris Sanders, and Christian Adkins from 18, 15, and 13 yards respectively.
Canyon Lake amassed 417 yards rushing and an astonishing 30 first downs. Two Hawk players ran for more than 100 yards with Ruff rushing for 130 yards and Chacon 115 — both with 14 carries.
Fredericksburg 46, Wimberley 20 (Thursday): Wimberley’s nondistrict struggles continued with a 46-20 home loss to Hill Country rival Fredericksburg Thursday at Texan Stadium.
The Texans (1-3), which reached the Class 4A Division II state semifinals a year ago, are off to their slowest start since 2015, when they started 0-6.
Fredericksburg (3-1) outscored the Texans 21-0 in the third quarter to pull away for the win. Defensive back Tucker Elliott intercepted a Cooper McCollum and returned it for a touchdown to give the Battlin’ Billies an insurmountable lead.
Fredericksburg quarterback Brant Bowers ran for three touchdowns and threw for one. Running back Jarrett Beard had a touchdown reception and threw a 47-yard scoring pass to Hayden Ahrens for the team’s first score.