By KEVIN THOMPSON
LAKIN — It should have been an energy-filled game between two heated rivals.
But whether it was the weather-induced rescheduling or the oddity of picking up a game midway into the first quarter in daylight, both teams looked a bit off and a little flat.
Holcomb handled the change of time and eventually prevailed, 28-7, over the host Broncs Saturday afternoon to complete a game postponed due to lightning and rain Friday evening.
Friday night’s game was suspended with 4:48 left in the opening period with a 7-7 tie. But it appeared to both team’s coaches that the 20-hour delay sapped their players’ energy.
Holcomb played just a little more charged, amassing 308 total yards (251 on the ground) while limiting the Broncs to only 133.
The Longhorns took advantage of two Lakin fumbles on Saturday, converted them for touchdowns and took the confidence out of the Broncs.
Holcomb coach Jerry Johnson summed up the two-day experience for both squads.
“Both teams, you could tell it was dead here. Nobody was cheering. You felt more like a funeral than a football game,” he said. “It was just a lackluster game on both sides.”
One of the brighter elements for Holcomb was the play on Saturday of his quarterback.
Tyler LaSalle ran for one score and threw for two more on day two. LaSalle led the Longhorns with 104 yards on the ground and 57 in the air.
Heath Tucker’s 72-yard run on Friday accounted for the other score for the Longhorns, who are now 5-1.
Lakin’s lone score was a four-yard run by Blake Geubelle in the first quarter, giving Lakin its only lead.
“It’s weird. I’ve never been involved in a situation like this,” Johnson said. “It’s weird for the kids to get all hyped up for the game (Friday) and come back and try to get them ready to play on a Saturday.”
Holcomb’s normally steady play just wasn’t clicking, Johnson added.
“Our timing was all off on our veers and our option game. We were slow everywhere. We didn’t block right,” he said. “It was just a weird game. I hope that never happens again.”
Lakin coach Jeff Fuss said the atmosphere earlier in the day felt like a playoff game. Then the opposite occurred. Both teams played with little emotion.
“It was really boring,” he said. “On both sides of the ball, on both teams, there just wasn’t a lot of energy. Their kids were just more physical today and a little bit quicker.”
His Broncs didn’t quit, Fuss said, but without the enthusiasm it takes to play football, it just looked like they were going half speed.
Holcomb now has to gear up for district play, starting with a home game Friday versus powerhouse Ulysses (5-1).
“We’ve got one of the best teams in the area coming,” Johnson said. “We told the kids we’ve got to get focused. We were off today, but we’ve got to focus in practice because we have a tough, tough Ulysses team coming to town.”
Fuss’ Broncs (2-4) will open Class 3A district play at Cimarron.
“We’ll get our kids regrouped. This was not the game we wanted getting ready to go in to district play, but it’s a new season starting next week,” he said.
Holcomb 13 8 7 0 — 28
Lakin 7 0 0 0 — 7
L—Geubelle 4 run (Chavez kick), 5:38
H—Tucker 72 run (Estrada kick), 4:48
H—LaSalle 9 run (kick failed), 2:44
H—Homer 13 pass from LaSalle (LaSalle run), 11:03
H—Gilbert 6 pass from LaSalle (Estrada kick), 6:41
Rushes-yards 49-251 34-27
Passes-yards 6-57 8-106
Total plays-yards 65-308 51-133
Fumbles lost 1 1
Interceptions 1 2
Turnovers 2 3
3rd-downs 2-5 2-6
Punts-avg. 2-26 5-23.4
Penalties-yds 8-62 5-43
RUSHING—Holcomb: LaSalle 26-104, Tucker 2-88, Hernandez 9-28, Richmeier 6-20; Lakin: Moreno 12-36, Geubelle 10-30, McAtee 2-2.
PASSING—Holcomb: LaSalle 6-16-1-57; Lakin: Miller 8-17-2-106.
RECEIVING—Holcomb: Homer 2-28, Gilbert 2-15, Tucker 2-14; Lakin: Armstrong 4-91, Geubelle 1-7, McAtee 1-5.