Donnie Osborn has known this Teague senior class since they were in the sixth grade. He was their principal through junior high before he took over as the athletic director three years later. And Friday night at Waco ISD Stadium, he told those seniors, as well as the rest of the Lion team, how proud he is of them after their 42-20 loss to Rockdale in the state quarterfinals.
When Osborn went through film earlier in the week, three different players stood out on the Rockdale roster — Torry Locklin, Jaquayln Crawford and Tyler Lehmkuhl. On the first offensive play of the game for the Tigers, two of those three — Locklin and Lehmkuhl — connected for a 61-yard pass that set up the Rockdale offense at the Teague 2-yard line. Two plays later, Locklin ran it in himself to give the Tigers an early lead.
It wasn’t until the second quarter that Crawford got involved in the offensive action. And when he did, look out.
The senior wide receiver and Oklahoma commit hauled in a 52-yard touchdown pass in the opening seconds of the second quarter to put Rockdale up 14-7 over Teague.
Between those two Tiger touchdowns, the Lions found the end zone after a bit of luck. What looked like a trick play was actually a bit of a fortuitous bounce for Teague. On 4th-and-8 on their own 48-yard line, the Lions lined up to punt. The kick was blocked, and Teague’s Tayvis Coleman scooped up the football and carried it for a 16-yard gain to keep the drive alive. Four plays later, as another big run by Coleman put Teague into the red zone, Trevor Cooper carried the ball three yards into the end zone for the score.
But after that drive, the Lions struggled to keep things going. Teague punted twice, turned it over on downs, fumbled an onside kick, and threw an interception on 4th-and-26 with less than 30 seconds remaining in the first half.
Despite the early adversity, Teague’s fight never died. The Lions got some mojo going in the third quarter. Trailing by four touchdowns halfway through the third, the Lions took advantage of a few Rockdale penalties for a pair of touchdowns. The first was a two-yard rush by Tayvis Coleman. The second was a three-yard run by Gelico Green.
Down 35-20 and inside the red zone, the Lions had a chance to cut the deficit to one possession, but Teague wasn’t able to make it happen. Rockdale answered that drive with a touchdown to take a three-touchdown lead.
Manvel 49, Temple 34
PRAIRIE VIEW – Helped along by three first-half Temple turnovers, the Mavericks built a two-score advantage by the break and held off the Wildcats in a rematch of last year’s Region III-5A Div. I final.
Manvel (13-0) advances on to the state semifinals to face Angleton, a 41-10 winner over Richmond Foster on Friday. Temple, which defeated Manvel, 24-23, in last year’s playoffs, closes out another strong season at 10-4. The Wildcats will move from Class 5A to 6A next year.
After trailing by 20 points after three quarters, the Wildcats scratched back to within one score on T.J. Rumfield’s 1-yard touchdown pass to D’yonte Heckstall with seven minutes to play. However, the Mavericks responded on their ensuing drive, picking up a key fourth-down conversion to set up Kason Martin’s 8-yard TD keeper that pushed the gap back to two touchdowns.
Rumfield threw for three TD passes in the defeat, including two to Heckstall.