PFLUGERVILLE — Cheers of excitement filled the air as the Lampasas Badgers hoisted the Area Champions trophy high after their 56-6 win against the Gonzalez Apaches in The Pfield here Friday.
The Badgers came into the 2nd round playoff game 10-1 and were ready to take on whatever challenges the Apaches had for them.
Lampasas head coach Troy Rodgers was humble about the win.
“We’re excited about it. Any time you can win, winning is hard, so when you can win it’s a big deal,” Rodgers said. “Gonzales is a well-coached team and a quality football team that has had a great year, so I feel really blessed that we were able to do what we did tonight.”
Junior quarterback Ace Whitehead lead the Badgers offense with 225 passing yards and 75 rushing yards, but the Badgers defense was unrelenting, only allowing the Apaches one touchdown. Rodgers was proud of how Badgers performed on both sides of the ball.
“I thought we started the game well. We knew they were going to try to keep the ball away with what they do,” Rodgers said. “We got out, we got some points on the board and our defense was just suffocating all night. That’s exciting, you know, when your game plan works that gets you excited, and I thought our kids played hard the whole game and that’s all we ask.”
Defensive Coordinator Sam Waldrip was proud to come out with a victory and of the work the Badgers put into the game.
“It feels good anytime you get a win in the playoffs. It feels great,” Waldrip said. “They’re a really power running team and we knew we had to be really strong and physical up front to stop the running. That’s what we basically did and, you know, hats off to our kids for buying into the game plan early and playing their tails off tonight.”
Though the game ended in their favor, Rodgers admitted that they did make a few mistakes that they need to fix before they can reach their full potential.
“We had a turnover late in the game. You don’t ever want to do that. We had a touchdown called back for a block in the back. You know, we’ve got to clean that stuff up.” Rodgers said. “We’ve still got a long way to go to be where we want to be, but we’re well on our way.”
Rodgers and Waldrip are looking forward to taking on the Needville Blue Jays in the Alamodome in San Antonio Saturday.
“I’m just excited for the kids to get to play somewhere neat,” Rodgers said. “Going to play in a dome when you’re a 4A school doesn’t happen all the time. This’ll be the first time anyone in Lampasas has played in a dome, so we’re excited about that. We’re going to celebrate this (win) and then we’ll start worrying about our opponent and get ready for them.”
“We played strong, we played physical, which is what we wanted and we played fast,” Waldrip said. “Those three things are what we preach to our defense and with those three things. I think it can carry us a long way. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to play Needville. We know they have a great football team and it’s going to be a great opportunity.”
The Badgers will take on the Blue Jays in the Alamodome Saturday. Kickoff is at noon.