By KEVIN THOMPSON
LAKIN - Back and forth. Back and forth.
Like a giant pendulum swinging in a long, slow arc, that's how the offenses ran for much of the first three quarters between Lakin and Holcomb.
Unfortunately for Holcomb, time ran out as they fell to the Broncs 9-0 in their Class 3A district game Friday night.
Lakin (5-3) ran its district record to 2-0, while Holcomb went to 1-1, finding themselves in a must-win situation next week.
Neither team could find the end zone for nearly 36 minutes before Lakin quarterback Dylan Shalberg found the right pylon and broke the plane on a four-yard keeper with seven seconds left in the third quarter to give his team their only touchdown of the night.
"We faked the halfback and then I kept it and rolled out. I could look to pass, but I decided to keep it," Shalberg said. "It worked out for us and we scored."
It was as simple as that. It would have been easier if, in the middle of the fourth quarter, Shalberg's touchdown pass to Zach Reed hadn't been called back on a penalty.
But thanks to a key punt to Holcomb's 6-yard line by Colby Hamel, the Longhorns found themselves pinned deep. On the first play, Kalen Anderson and Caden Helberg sandwiched quarterback Clay Gilbert in the end zone for a safety and the nine-point lead.
Shalberg intercepted Gilbert's final pass attempt with 53 seconds remaining to seal the win.
"This is a huge confidence booster," Shalberg said. "This will help us with momentum going into next week and into the playoffs."
Lakin assistant coach Blain White was all smiles after this rivalry win. The offensive line was critical in the victory, he said.
"We came out and were able to establish the line of scrimmage," he said. "Our backs read the holes well. Overall, I thought our effort was outstanding."
For Holcomb, coming off a big win the week before against Southwestern Heights, this was a setback.
"We didn't deserve to win the game tonight," Holcomb coach Jerry Johnson said. "We killed ourselves too many times, and we had too many mistakes. Lakin didn't; they were the better team tonight."
One of the Holcomb (3-5) mistakes was a first half fumble at the 2-yard line, giving Lakin the ball.
"(Lakin) played smart. They made the game shorten up," Johnson said. "They ground the ball at us. They knew we couldn't do anything offensive-wise."
Holcomb plays Cimarron on Thursday.
"We're still in it if we beat Cimarron," he said. "We're still in the playoffs then. It's not what we set out to do at the beginning of the season, but it's still something."
Lakin plays at home Thursday against Southwestern Heights.
Lakin 9, Holcomb 0
Holcomb 0 0 0 0 - 0
Lakin 0 0 7 2 - 9
L - Shalberg 4 run (Saenz kick)
L - safety
Rushing - Holcomb, I. Gonzalez 6-40, DeLaRosa 12-16, Koehn 6-15, Gilbert 7-15, Webb 1-6; Lakin, Holmes 23-46, Jones 16-29, Shalberg 5-19, Saenz 2-3.
Passing - Holcomb, Gilbert 3-14-2-31; Lakin, Shalberg 3-10-1-41.
Receiving - Holcomb, DeLaRosa 2-25, Pfeifer 1-2; Lakin, Reed 1-28, Perea 1-8, Holmes 1-5.