GAME NIGHT PREVIEW: Liberty Hill vs Lampasas


Liberty Hill (1-2, 5-3)  vs. Lampasas (0-3, 2-6)

7:30 p.m. Friday, November 2

Badger Field, Lampasas

Lampasas High School

Enrollment: 978

Coach: Jimmy Randolph

Mascot: Badger

Colors: Royal Blue/White

League: 8-3A

What a difference a year makes.

Last season Liberty Hill and Lampasas were playing for the district championship at Badger Field, but both teams were already set to make the playoffs. Lampasas won last year’s matchup 21-17, but this season the Badgers have managed just two wins and have yet to log a District 8-3A win.

Liberty Hill travels to Lampasas in a must-win scenario to be eligible for the playoffs. Conversely, the Badgers will try to play the spoiler as they have no shot at a playoff spot.

Under defensive coordinator-turned new Head Coach Jimmy Randolph, Lampasas has struggled in 2012. Coach Randolph decided to stick with the Slot-T this year, the same offense Liberty Hill Coach Jerry Vance introduced to the district, but with the loss of Secody Howard to graduation and Steven Jazdyk (torn ACL) the Badgers are averaging just under two touchdowns (13.75) a game.

Last week Lampasas was pounded by Brownwood 43-6 and the week before lost to Llano 20-13. In total the Badgers have scored just 32 points in three distinct contests. Meanwhile, Liberty Hill is still averaging over 46 (46.25) points per game.

Coach Vance said preparing for Lampasas is less difficult than any other opponent on the schedule and for the obvious reason that the Panthers are practically playing themselves.

“Oh yeah, we know what they are going to do and they know what we’re going to do,” said Vance. “That certainly makes practice a little easier.”

Defensively, however, Lampasas has created turnovers against many of its opponents. Liberty Hill will have to contend with defensive end John Cole-Vann and defensive back Chris Ramirez.

The Badger defense will be just another hurdle the Panthers have faced in the last few weeks. After suffering losses to Brownwood and Burnet, the team has not lost focus with what they must do.

“I think the kids are handling it well,” Coach Vance said. “Right now they are focused on beating Lampasas.”

If Liberty Hill can get past Lampasas, its playoff hopes would be alive. But after Lampasas, comes the top team in the district – Gatesville. The Panthers would receive some much-needed help if Llano can defeat Burnet on Friday, but Liberty Hill still can control its own destiny.

All Coach Vance is concerned about is doing what they can so that they are able to dictate their own future.

“It is (a must-win),” he said of the Lampasas game. “We have to come out and take care of business from our end.”