Crocket blanks Lanier in CenTex showdown

Texas Prep Insider is in the streets to bring you the latest high school football news. Tonight we have your game wrap up for the Crockett versus Lanier game.

On Thursday night Lanier and Crockett met at House Park stadium in Central Austin to rumble on the field for the final playoff spot in district 26-4A. 

Crockett treated the game like a playoff from the start and took an early as they cruised to a 34-0 shutout. The wins means the Cougars will go to the playoffs for the second year in a row, a first for the school.

"It's big for our team," Coach John Waugh said. "It's big for our program. Especially since, in the 43 year history of our school, this is the first back-to-back playoff appearances for our school."

The Cougars recovered from an early fumble and scored on an eight yard run by Kendrick Edwards to take a seven-to-nothing lead in the first quarter. 

"He had a big night," Waugh said. "He's been real quiet most of the year. He's been busting his butt behind the scenes all year long and its great see one your kids come out and have a night like that."

Edwards scored his second touchdown of the night on a four yard run to make the score 14-0 Crockett midway through the second quarter. Two plays before, a 15 yard pass from Crockett quarterback Paul Wagner to wide-receiver Ryan Vaughn on fourth down put the Cougars in the position to score. 

With just under a minute left in the first half Wagner found Vaughn again, this time in the end zone on a 12 yard, 3rd down touchdown reception. After another successful PAT by kicker Jamie Pinilla the Cougars stopped the Viking's last shot to score in the first half and went to the locker room with a 21-0 lead. 

The only action of the third quarter came when Crockett recovered a Lanier fumble at the Viking 9 yard line. This eventually led to Pinilla hitting a 25 yard field goal to make the score 24-0.

Early in the fourth, back up running back Joseph Basemore sprinted to the end-zone on in 17 yard touchdown run to put the Cougars up 31-0.
With their deepest reserves on the field the Cougars drove from the 18 yard line down to the three yard line where they were stopped and left with another short field goal. Pinilla hit the 20 yard field goal with ease and made the score 34-0. 

The Crockett defense had playmakers all over the field and forced multiple turnovers, while keeping the Vikings scoreless.

"We've given up one touchdown in the last 12 quarters," Waugh said, "so that's a big deal."
The win sets up a bi-district playoff with district 17-4A champion Lake Travis next week. Lake Travis, has won two straight state titles and has 40 straight wins will come into the matchup heavily favored. 

"They're beatable," Vaughn said. "They're what, 33 and 0, back to back state champs? That's why you play the game."

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