LAMPASAS — The Lampasas Badgers charged past their rivals the Burnet Bulldogs 45-13 in their game Friday night in Badger Stadium.
Fans packed the seats to watch their teams compete despite the drizzle and cold, cold air. Though Lampasas doesn’t have as large of a football program as some other, larger, schools around Fort Hood, the amount of fan support and passion they have for the game is no different.
The Badgers came out strong with a safety in the first few minutes of the game, with sophomore running back and middle linebacker Case Brister tackling a Burnet player in the Bulldog end zone, putting two points on the board for the Badgers. He would also be responsible for another safety in the second quarter.
“I feel great. This is a really good win for us,” Brister said. “It’s our rivals, so it always means more.”
Brister was humble, saying that he can always improve.
“I did okay,” Brister said of his performance. “There’s a couple things I need to work on, but all in all, we played a good game as a team.”
The Badgers would go on to score two touchdowns and another safety, immediately after a Bulldog interception, in the first half. The Badger’s defense would hold the Bulldogs to only one touchdown. The teams left for the locker room at halftime with a score of 18-6 Lampasas.
Defensive Coordinator Sam Waldrip was proud of the team as a whole in their performance throughout the game.
“We feel good any time we have the opportunity to open up district with a win. That’s a good thing. We take each game one step at a time and we just stress to the kids all week long this is the first step and let’s just get this first one,” Waldrip said.
In the second half, the Badgers came out even stronger and scored four more touchdowns while they still only allowed Burnet to score one.
Junior quarterback Ace Whitehead had 10 completions out of 16 passing attempts, three of them being touchdown passes, while rushing to score the Badgers last two touchdowns of the game.
Lampasas showed how lethal a team can be with a well-led offense and tough defense.
Waldrip was proud of his defensive boys and how they overcame adversity and performed better throughout the game.
“I thought we got through some periods of time of adversity when they scored late in the first half,” Waldrip said. “We had a lot of selfish and dumb penalties, but we overcame in the second half and we played a lot better.”
Waldrip admitted that even though they won with a pretty good lead, there is always room for improvement.
“We can always improve. The biggest thing for us is to stop the selfish penalties and be more efficient with getting off the field sooner,” Waldrip said.
He said that this game has showed them that they have to take each of their competitors seriously if they want to go far this season.
“We can’t take any opponent in our district lightly,” Waldrip said. “Every single one of them can knock us off in any single game and Friday night and we’ve got to take each one seriously and each week we prepare it has to be like we’re playing for the championship.”
Lampasas will take on Liberty Hill at home Oct. 18. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.