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By Elizabeth Tanner/
The Post Dispatch—
The Antelopes flaunted their defensive prowess, trouncing the Cisco Loboes in a 33-0 win in Region I-2A Division I final at Abilene Christian’s Wildcat Stadium.
Holding the Loboes to 50 yards of offense and forcing four turnovers, the Antelopes will now advance to the state semifinals for the second year in a row, where they will face the 13-1 Region II champion Crawford who beat Bosqueville 48-0.
“The Cisco game was a hard-fought game,” Head Coach and Athletic Director Michael Pittman said. “It was just kind of a defensive battle – both defenses played really well.”
Late in the second, the Antelopes nabbed a pair of touchdowns, including a 75-yard punt return touchdown by Krece Kirkpatrick with only 40 seconds left on the clock, to break the first-quarter stalemate and create the Antelopes’ 14-0 halftime edge.
“In the second quarter, we were able to move the ball better than we did in the first and were able to get into more of a rhythm,” Pittman said. “The punt return by Krece was a big play for us; we were able to go into halftime with a two-score lead.”
Pulling away with back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter, Pittman completed a 9-yard scoring pass to Zach Courtney to cap Post’s first possession of the second half and ended a seven-play drive with a sneak, 3-yard touchdown for a 26-0 lead.
Hauling in the ball from 28 yards out, Avery Clarkson finished off the Antelopes’ shutout and, with help from a PAT by Pittman, completed the 33-0 final.
“One of the keys was the play of our offensive and defensive line as the game went along,” Pittman said. “We were able to wear the Loboes down and get a couple of turnovers which we capitalized to get some scores. Our offense eventually got into a really good rhythm in the second half and our defense continued to play extremely well.”
The Antelopes are scheduled to play the Crawford Pirates at the Gordon Wood Stadium in Brownwood, Texas at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7 for the state semifinal matchup.