La Vega pulls away in second half to beat Miller Buccaneers
No.7 Waco La Vega shutout No.10 Miller in the second half and pulled away from the Bucs for a 48-13 victory in the state-ranked non-district football showdown on Saturday at Buc Stadium.
The Pirates outscored the Bucs 27-0 in the second half and took advantage of turnovers in the red zone to open the game.
The momentum changed for good in the first practice of the third quarter when Miller’s Jaedyn Brown was intercepted at the 8-yard line as the Bucs led with a chance to tie the game, behind La Vega 21-13.
Although the Pirates’ interception return for a touchdown was canceled due to a penalty, four big plays helped La Vega run 87 yards for a grueling touchdown from D’Eddrick Brawley.
The Bucs were pushed back three times in the second half and intercepted twice.
Miller gained momentum at half time with a fourth save and a last minute practice that ended in a Brown touchdown at Jayden Moreno to reduce the deficit to 21-13.
Lonnie Adkism also had a receiving touchdown in the loss.
Miller fell to 3-2 and opened next week before starting to play in solid District 15-5A Division I.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
WITHOUT A NEIGHBORHOOD
NO. 7 WACO LA VEGA 48, NO. 10 MILLER 13
What this game means: Both teams end their out-of-district roster with a 3-2 record, with lofty district aspirations. Miller has two weeks to recover after the Pirates pulled out in the second half for a decisive victory.
The highlights of Saturday: Miller took a much needed momentum late in the second quarter when they stoned La Vega in the fourth and ran on the 21 with 2:50 until halftime. The Bucs then went on for 79 yards for a touchdown, a 12-yard catch in the corner of the end zone by Jayden Moreno, to come close to 21-13 at halftime. With the ball coming out of the break, Miller kept his momentum going and headed for the Pirates’ 26 before Jaedyn Brown was drafted into the end zone, one of three times in the day. La Vega traveled 87 yards to restore a two touchdown cushion and control the game from there.
The stars of Saturday: Lonnie Adkism made several catches on the highlights and a toe touchdown in the first quarter to finish with nine catches for 111 yards and the Buccaneers scoring. Moreno added nine catches for 99 yards and a touchdown for Miller. Brown was 27 of 56 for 269 yards. Miller was led by Ethan Greenwood on the ground, finishing with 24 carries for 89 yards. Nikzavyer Rice was explosive on the ground for La Vega, finishing with nine carries for 146 yards. Mehki Rice caught two long touchdowns and finished with four catches for 161 yards.
Miller’s coach Justen Evans on the turn at the start of the third quarter: “It was a 14 point swing. It was a killer. You come in and it’s a one-half possession game and you come down and drive over them and we come down and throw a crazy ball into the zone. red and let’s turn it over. That’s where the turning point was. That’s the difference in 21-21 and now it’s 28-13. The wheels kind of fell off the wagon. “
La Vega coach Don Hyde on his team’s defensive adjustments at half-time: “It was a huge game (at the start of the third quarter). They are explosive and you have to pick your shots when you want to try to do things. We tried not to let (Adkism) beat us. great player and the quarterback does a great job of reading people or giving the ball away depending on what you’re doing. They put you in a bind because they can run and throw the ball effectively. “
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