Yoe, Eagles come up short in title bids
Is it better to be beaten soundly where you had no chance or to lose on a lastsecond play when victory was in your grasp?
A loss, is a loss, is a loss.
Neighborhood teams Cameron and Lexington suffered both fates Saturday night at 12,000-seat Vernon Newsom Field, failing to bring home a state championship as a symbol of Central Texas domination in Class 2A.
The Yoemen fell on a last-second touchdown bomb to Daingerfield 33-27 in the Division I game after tying the game just 20 seconds earlier, while Lexington was never in a 20-3 loss to Idalou in Division II.
Both teams suffered their first loss of the year and finish 14-1 in 2010.
Cameron had captured a state championship in Class 3A in 1981, while Lexington was making its second appearance (the first was in 1978) in a state title game and walked away empty handed again.
The Yoemen—who never led in the game—could not deny Daingerfield its sixth state title and third in a row.
“I thought we had them right where we needed them to win the ball game— up until that last pass play,” said second-year Cameron Coach Rick Rhoades. “I thought we were going to take them into overtime. We gave up some big pass plays and had the ball down at the one-yard line and didn’t score.
“ We didn’t make plays and they did. All the credit goes to them.”
Rhoades is now 0-2 in state finals, having led New Braunfels there in 2002.
“We missed opportunities early that just killed us,” said Lexington Coach Jason Holcomb, who was denied his 90th career win. “It really did. It cost us the momentum.”
Ever resilient and trailing 27- 13 in the final period, Cameron scored twice in the final 10 minutes and tied the game 27-27 with 47 seconds remaining to be played on a Jack Rhoades strike to Zac Brashear in the back of the end zone between two defenders.
Twenty seconds and two plays later, Daingerfield quarterback Tyler Boyd found 6-foot-5 receiver Keyarris Garrett in stride at the Yoemen 40-yard line and he streaked past Cameron defenders Trevion Sims and D.D. Westbrook to the end zone with 26 seconds remaining.
A Division I prospect, Boyd rolled up 291 yards passing with four touchdowns and tacked on 157 yards rushing
Rhoades turned in his usual steady performance and was 21-for-33 for 193 yards and two touchdown tosses with an interception, but this time it wasn’t enough.
Garrett— a Tulsa signee— snared seven passes for 138 yards and his 24th and 25th touchdowns of the year.
After waltzing through the playoffs by outscoring opponents by an average of 58-28, the Yoemen finally met their match in a storied Daingerfield squad, 44-3 since 2008.
“I’m heartbroken right now just like my kids are heartbroken,” Coach Rhoades said.
After cruising through its side of the playoff bracket, scoring 40 points a game, Lexington also found a formative opponent as Idalou limited the Eagles to 172 yards of offense.
Bruising running back Xavier Ward was stomped out on 15 yards on eight carries.
Sophomore quarterback Kogan Garrett was sacked seven times.
The Eagles purged deep into Idalou territory twice in the first half but came up empty handed.
Lexington led 3-0 early on a 37-yard field goal by Antonio Martinez.
Martinez actually booted another 37-yard field goal on the Eagles’ next possession, but a roughing the kicker call handed Lexington the ball at the 10 with a first down in their pockets.
The gamble backfired when Idalou stopped the Eagles at the six and instead of being up 14-0, they had to settle for a miniscule 3-0 lead when miscommunication on another field goal try caused a fumble.
“We thought we might be able to punch that in and go up 10- 0,” Holcomb said. “That would have been big, but it just didn’t work out.
Idalou quickly charged 91 yards downfield in only five plays for a 6-3 lead.
Idalou’s next score came in the third quarter after the Eagles attempted a reverse on their own nine yard line and fumbled the exchange which Idalou pounced on in the end zone for a 12-3 lead.
Idalou closed out the scoring on a 74-yard pass from A lec Estes to Brent Turner at the end of the third quarter for the final 20-3 score.
“Our defense played well in the first half, but our offense didn’t give them much help,” Holcomb said.
The Wildcats—who won their first title—had lost three of their first four games.
In winning their last 11 games, Idalou had allowed just 27 total points.
NOTES— Car thage, which knocked Rockdale out of the playoffs three seasons ago, captured its third straight state crown by soundly whipping Coldspring, which kicked the Tigers out of the bracket two seasons ago, 47-22 in the Class 3A Division II contest... Falls City, which ended Milano’s season in the second round, grabbed the Class A Division II championship by whipping Windthorst 32-7... Mart stopped defending Class A Division I champion Goldwaithe 28-7.