MIDLAND, Texas- The Lubbock Monterey Plainsmen were on a mission Friday night: Impose their will on the ground. Monterey did that and then some on both sides of the ball, rushing for 417 yards as they blew out El Paso Andress 52-14 on a breezy Friday night at Grande Communications Stadium.
“I’m really proud of our team and how they played today,” said Monterey head coach Wayne Hutchinson, “Our kids were focused and came to work tonight and it showed and we played well in all phases tonight.”
The Plainsmen defense would get the night rolling after James Langston intercepted a pass from Andress quarterback Dominique Smith. Monterey would quickly cash in as quarterback Brylon Lawson-Young found Xavier White for a 33-yard touchdown to open the scoring.
The efficient offensive attack would continue thanks to the legs of sophomore standout Damontrareis Lacy. Lacy would add a 5-yard touchdown run and then burst through the line with a 66-yard run late in the first quarter to open up a 21-0 lead near the end of the first quarter.
“We played together as a team tonight,” Lacy said following the game, “The offensive line did a great job blocking and they’ve really helped me develop as a player tonight.”
“He’s grown up a lot,” Hutchinson said of Lacy, “I think he’s just like our team in the sense that he’s peaking at the right time and he’s doing a great job. The offensive line also deserves a lot of credit. They did a great job blocking for him tonight.”
Andress would finally get on the board thanks to a methodical 10-play drive capped off by a two yard rouchdown run by Jalen Joseph. But the Plainsmen responded thanks to the dual-threat ability of Lawson-Young. The senior signal caller added a 17-yard touchdown run to make it 28-7 and the Plainsmen would not let off the gas.
Late in the half, defensive end Tydrick Ranson forced a Smith fumble that Lawson-Young converted into a 10-yard pass to Darien Smith to put the Plainsmen up 35-7 at the half.
Lawson-Young finished with 182 yards of total offense on the night. While the offense took care of business, Hutchinson was pleased by the defensive effort that held the Eagles in check all night to just 262 yards of total offense.
“I think the defense has played well the last two weeks,” Hutchinson said, “Whether it’s preparing for the Wing-T of Amarillo or a spread running team like Andress, they just played well tonight.”
The Plainsmen would cap off his night with a long 76-yard touchdown run on the first play of scrimmage in the second half. He finished with 208 yards rushing on seven carries. They would also a field goal from Briley Alexander and a three-yard touchdown run by Coreon Bailey to cap off the scoring for Monterey.
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Back up quarterback Gabe Herrera found Darian Smith for a 9-yard touchdown to give the Eagles a closer margin.
Andress ends their season with a 9-3 record. Monterey advances to the regional semifinal where they will play Denton Ryan in Denton on Saturday.
“Our goal all year long was to go down I-20 and play in the Metroplex and get to AT&T Stadium,” Hutchinson said, “We’re going to go in to Denton to play a great team and I feel like our team plays well on the road.”
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