Playoff Upset against Cinco Ranch

Drake Drymond and Tatyana Gray

Last Saturday, the Lobos suffered a season ending loss in an upset to Cinco Ranch 29-21.

The game was a thriller from the get go; on the opening drive, on fourth down in the red zone the Lobos were stopped a yard short on a scramble by Quarterback, Chris Herron.  After the turnover, Cinco Ranch drove the ball and made a field goal.

“It got us on our heels a little bit,” coach Rangel said.

The Lobos countered with their own field goal late in the first quarter.  A Cinco Ranch drive resulted in 7, and a blocked punt resulted in another touchdown.  Down 17-3, the Lobos drove the ball and scored a touchdown on a quarterback keeper by Chris Herron and added 2 more by making the 2-point conversion.  Safety Darren Woodson added to the Lobos momentum by intercepting a pass and setting up the Lobos in Cinco Ranch territory.  Two costly holding calls and a struggling passing game stalled the offense.

“We didn’t have a chance…when you send six and we only have five to protect …it puts us in a bad situation so we kept getting further and further back,” coach Linhart said.

A fumbled punt recovered by Joseph Gotlieb resulted in a field goal right before the end of the half.  Despite having the momentum on their side, the Lobos trailed 17-14 at the half with Cinco Ranch scoring all of their points off turnovers.

“That’s play-offs… we preach to our kids all the time you can’t turn the ball over, turnovers are key especially in the play-offs,” coach Rangel said.

In the second half Langham took advantage of a botched punt and scored on a Toneil Carter touchdown run giving the Lobos their first lead of the game 21-17.  After holding strong on defense Cinco Ranch punted, but the Lobos fumbled setting up Cinco inside Langham’s 20-yard line.  The defense held Cinco to a field goal, but the offense continued to struggle punting the ball with under 3 minutes to go.  The defense forced Cinco Ranch to 4th and 10 from mid-field with the game on the line, but gave up a long passing touchdown along the sideline to put the Lobos down 27-21 with a minute and a half left in the game.

‘We had our opportunity at the end of the game… double covered their best receiver and he made a play,” Coach Rangel said.

Despite the touchdown, the game was still up for grabs.  The Lobos would need 75 yards to win the game.  However the Lobos didn’t score, quarterback Chris Herron was sacked, then once more for a safety putting the game out of reach.

“They sent everybody, and we can’t block everybody… advantage goes to them,” coach Linhart said.

In the end the Lobos lost 29-21 ending their season.

“That’s how it goes, that’s how football works sometimes,” Coach Rangel said.