Har­ri­son, Gon­za­lez com­bine for 7 TDs in Lib­erty Hill win

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - SPORT SUNDAY - By Mar­cus Matthews-Mar­ion

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.

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