|By David Campbell, The Eagle, Bryan, Texas|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Just before halftime, they took it away, scoring two defensive touchdown in 14 seconds on their way to a 56-21 win over Port Lavaca Calhoun on Saturday at
"I saw someone get hit hard and all of a sudden the ball was right in front of me," Baird said. "I just picked it up and ran. That's all I could think, just run"
The Cubs insisted on a replay, or more correctly, a repeat on the ensuing possession. Sandcrabs halfback
"I felt better," said a smiling
Those two were back-breakers with Lockett getting a reward for his outstanding play early in the game against
The victory sends
"We were very fortunate because we played hard, and when you play hard, good things can happen," West said. "Our kids [handled] some things that were different for them on the option and we're just happy we're still playing."
The Sandcrabs moved the football effectively after halftime, finishing a 62-yard touchdown drive with
The Cubs never needed that much time to score, and they kept adding insurance points to sustain or strengthen their lead.
They took a 42-14 edge just 46 seconds into the second half.
"I overthrew a couple [bad balls], but my teammates said 'You're fine and we believe in you; you've done this all year long," said Hill of early-game misfires "They picked me up, brushed me off and I went back in the second half and settled down."
Hill delivered a more impressive pass to Sutton, who pulled away from a defender, made a reaching catch and scored from 35 yards.
"I think I was in the eighth grade when they went to state the last time," Sutton said. "I was cheering hard in
It was a Cubs' victory shared by
They took the lead and never lost it with a fake field goal on the opening drive.
"We've been practicing it all year and decided, state semifinals, why not?" Hill said. "Take a chance. I don't think they'll be looking for it. Good play call by the coaching staff."
That was the same general vicinity where
Homan had one of the game's top catches when the
Before the fumble fiasco --
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