Lamar easily lapping the rest of the field in District 20-5A
The horses capable of reaching the finish line first in District 20-5A is quickly dwindling.
That’s because state-ranked and unbeaten thoroughbred Lamar is simply lapping the field.
Their second league football game last Friday night against Westside, after an open date the week before, was made out to be a threat to their current league domination, but instead the Redskins scored 51 points in the first half against the Wolves en route to an easy 71-21 victory to leave them tied for first place with Bellaire, which is also 2-0 and was off last week.
The Redskins, who are now 6-0 and still ninth in the state in the latest 5A Coaches poll, may have the easiest game on their schedule coming next when they face winless Sam Houston 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Delmar Stadium.
The Tigers are 0-6 and have scored just 58 points this year. They have also lost their three league games by a combined 173-20 score with all those points coming in an 82-20 loss to Bellaire three weeks ago. Since then they have fell to Chavez 57-0 for the Lobos’ first win of the season and then they were beaten 34-0 Saturday afternoon by Westbury and that was the Rebels’ first district triumph this fall.
All the 20-5A games this week are on Saturday with Bellaire going for its sixth consecutive victory against Chavez at 1 p.m. at Barnett Junior Stadium and then at 6 p.m., Madison faces Westbury at Butler Stadium. That gives Westside the open date this week and the Wolves will take it to regroup after their loss to Lamar.
The Redskins were downright lethal against Westside, scoring 17 points on three possessions in the first period to lead 17-zip after one, but adding an astounding 34 more in the second period on five possessions as the Wolves would turn the ball over three times.
Quarterback Darrell Colbert rushed for one touchdown and threw for three more in the second period while running back Ronnie Wesley added three more in the first half alone to put the Redskins in front 51-14 at halftime. The Redskins would lead 31-0 with just under nine minutes to go in the first half before the Wolves got on the scoreboard with a 47-yard touchdown pass.
And if the Wolves thought they were getting a break when the Redskins started the second half by playing their second-teamers, they dispelled that notion right away when third-string tailback Ivy Smith carried the ball 62 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the third period to make it 58-14.
In a sign of their depth, Smith wound up carrying the ball only two times but he led the team in rushing with 107 yards. Besides his 62-yarder to open the second half, his other pickup was a 45-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth period to account for the winners’ last touchdown and their 70th point of the contest.
The Redskins closed the game with 346 yards rushing on 39 carries or nearly nine yards per carry. Smith, despite his limited duties, led the way but Wesley finished with 83 more on just eight rushes while Levy Whiteing added 62 more on 13. His younger brother Travi’ane Whiteing also got into the act as Colbert’s backup, picking up 53 for a touchdown on his only tuck-and-run-it of the night.
Lamar picked up 10 points from kicker Nathaniel Rios, who made a 19-yard field goal in the first period and seven extra-point tries in the game.
Defensively, Lamar gave up the most points it has given up since the Division I 5A state championship game last year with Westside scoring on three Michael Haywood touchdown passes.
But they really stifled Westside when one looks at the final numbers because the Wolves averaged less than two yards per rushing attempt and knowing they needed to throw because they were so far behind, the Redskins still allowed them to complete just eight passes.
Also, the ‘Skins forced four turnovers with three fumble recoveries and an interception.
Going into this week Lamar and Bellaire, who will meet in two weeks, are both 2-0 in the league with Westside now 2-1 to stand alone in third place, just ahead of Madison, which is fourth at 1-1. Chavez and Westbury are tied for fifth place at 1-2.
So all of them consider themselves in the race for the playoffs and all those teams are mostly hopeful. But very quickly, the question of just who will finish first is going away.