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The Levelland Lobos fell to the Perryton Rangers, 44-10, on a cool Friday night at home.
With their second district loss, the Lobos are 1-7 for the season and 0-2 in district. They have a bye next Friday and will face Estacado in Lubbock on Thursday, Oct. 28 and wrap up district at home against Seminole on Nov. 5.
Perryton received the opening kickoff but was forced to punt on fourth and three.
The Lobos couldn’t do any better and punted the fall on fourth and five.
Perryton’s second possession ended the same way a the Lobo defense continued to stop the Rangers. Lobos Aaron Williams, Ben Alvarado, Isaac Martinez, Xavair Jackson, Dillon Brogden and Christian Smith all helped hold the Rangers to short or no gains and helped break up passes.
The Lobos began their second drive from the Perryton 39 with Jerry Haile earning the first down on a 10 yard carry. Haile threw the ball to Joel Pena in the end zone but the reception was incomplete. Maro Guillen rushed for a yard but two incomplete passes from Haile to Neamiah Campos resulted in the ball going over on downs and Perryton taking over on their own 35.
By then, the Rangers had gotten warmed up and put together a scoring an eight-play scoring drive that earned them 65 yards, two first downs and six points. Quarterback Abraham Hernandez scored on a one-yard carry on fourth and goal with 1:44 left on the first quarter clock, The rangers faked the point after kick and tried for the two point conversion which ended with Smith tackling Cuyler Feger in the backfield.
Lobo Zameron LeCroy returned the onside kick for 10 yards but the Lobos went four and out.
Perryton scored its second touchdown on a seven-play drive that began at the end of the first quarter and covered 56-yard touchdown run by Hernandez with 10:32 left in the second quarter. The two-point conversion pass was broken up by the Lobos but Perryton led 12-0.
Perryton’s Tony Cervantes kicked off and Xavair Jackson returned the ball 47 yards but a flag on the play put the ball on the Perryton 42.
Campos rushed for nine yards but lost a yard on the next play. Guillen carried but flags flew, awarding the Lobos 15 yards for a face mask call against the Rangers that advanced the ball to the Perryton 20. Angelo Banda rushed for four yards but two incomplete passes resulted in Guillen booting a field goal on fourth and six from the 20. The score was 12-3 with 7:27 left in the half.
Guillen borrowed a page form the Ranger play book and kicked the ball onside only to have Ranger Izzy Loma put a death-grip on the ball as the Perryton took over on their own 43. Seven plays later, and in spite of a holding call, the Rangers scored on a 14-yard run by Isaias Dominguez with 3:57 on the clock. Cervantes kicked the extra point to make the score 19-3.
Lobo Isaac Martinez returned the onside kick 25 yards and the Lobos took over on the Perryton 47. Banda rushed for two yards and two plays later Haile connected with Pena for 15 yards and the first down. Haile then threw the ball to Banda for 12 yards and another first down to put the ball on the 18. Guillen rushed for four yards before the Lobos were flagged for illegal procedure and backed up five yards. An incomplete pass resulted in a Levelland time out.
Haile threw the ball to LeCroy for five yards and then to Joseph Gonzalez for nine yards. Guillen bulled the ball through the defense for two yards and Perryton called a time out with the ball on their own three-yard line.
It didn’t help as Banda carried the ball into the end zone and Guillen kicked the extra point to make the score 10-19 at halftime.
With seconds left in the half, Perryton put together a five-play drive that concluded with a field goal attempt from the Lobo 30 which fell short at the halftime buzzer.
The Lobos received the second half kickoff with Pena returning the ball 15 yards. The Lobos earned the first down on a 25 yard pass from Haile to Pena only to have the drive stall and the ball go over on downs.
Perryton’s first possession in the third returned in a 12-play drive that stalled at the Lobo 10 after defensive efforts by Rusty Johnson, Donavon Chapa, Brogdon, Jackson, Martinez, and Williams. On fourth and nine, Cervantes kicked a field goal to make the score 22-10 with 5:30 left in the third.
The Lobos turned the ball over on downs on fourth and three on their own 47.
Seven plays later, Perryton scored on a 22 yard carry by Hernandez. The two-point conversion attempt resulted in an interception by Alvarado in the end zone.
A Lobo fumble on the kickoff return was recovered by Johnson but an interception by Jorge Palma resulted in a turnover that only lasted two plays as Lobo Smith recovered a Perryton fumble.
The Lobos owned the ball going into the fourth quarter but were forced to punt.
Perryton was also forced to punt but then the Lobos again punted, only to have Perryton’s Tad Pshigoda catch the ball and return it 73 yards for another Ranger touchdown with 8:55 left in the game. The two-point conversion was good to make the score 44-10.
Perryton wasn’t done, however, scoring again on a 24-yard run by Pepper Haley with 2:14 left on the clock, Hernandez threw the ball to Daniel Sandoval for the two-point conversion and Perryton led, 44-10.
Gonzalez returned the kick to the Lobo 40 but a holding call on the play put the ball on the Lobo 20. Johnson rushed for 10 yards and the first down, a fumble on the next play was recovered by Guillen after a loss of three before Banda gained a yard. Johnson carrying the ball for another gain as the clock ran out.