LHHS bests Lampasas behind 300-plus yard, five touchdown performance by Kyle Harrison


By Keith Sparks

On Friday at Panther Stadium, Liberty Hill remained undefeated in district play with a 55-26 win over Lampasas. Early in the first quarter, it looked like Liberty Hill’s matchup with Lampasas would take a trajectory similar to their last two games against Fredericksburg and Connally, during which the Panthers scored a combined 158 points and dominated on both sides of the ball, but Lampasas kept it close through the entire first half.

The Panther defense held Lampasas to a three and out on their first drive, and on Liberty Hill’s second play of the game, Kyle Harrison took off for a 64-yard touchdown. From then on, however, Lampasas stepped it up on both sides of the ball, forcing the Panthers to punt and scoring on two straight drives.

Lampasas running back Jack Jerome was one of the few Badgers able to impose his will on Liberty Hill, taking off for a couple long touchdown runs. Quarterback Ace Whitehead showed flashes of brilliance, as well, connecting for a beautiful passing touchdown to Michael Murray.

Thanks to two huge first-down completions by Liberty Hill quarterback Jacob Cearley to keep drives alive, however, the Panthers were able to hold on to the lead by scoring two more touchdowns of their own in the first half on a three-yard run by Blake Simpson and a six-yard run by Harrison. At halftime, Liberty Hill held a 21-13 lead.

The second half was all Liberty Hill’s, apart from two late touchdowns from Lampasas after the game had long been decided. Harrison continued to dominate on the ground, finishing the game with five rushing touchdowns and more than 300 rushing yards.

Cearley continued to make an impact, as well, finding Cole McWilliams on a passing play for a big first down and finding Harrison through the air for another big first down. Cearley also had two huge back-to-back rushing touchdowns in the second half, one from 47 yards out and another from 44 yards out.

Defensively, cornerback Brady Brewer came up with a handful of huge pass breakups on deep passes that could have otherwise been easy touchdowns.

Jerome would score on a 72-yard touchdown run late in the game, followed by a passing touchdown from Whitehead in the waning seconds to make the game look a little bit closer to those that only see the final score.

The Panthers are now 2-0 in district play and will matchup with Burnet in Burnet Oct. 26.