Lamar got off to a shaky start combining for six punts on the first six possessions before they were able to get things off the ground. Shelby Walker hauled in consecutive passes of 26 and 53 yards to set up Ronnie Wesley’s 1-yard TD run for a 6-0 lead with 2:32 left in the first quarter.
Even though Lamar tallied up 312 total yards of offense it was the defense that stole the show as they held Taylor to only 118-yards of offense. 10 seconds after Lamar scored on Wesley’s 1-yard touchdown, Trevion Duncan intercepted Remi Olonade and took it 36 yards for a 13-0 advantage.
Taylor punted nine times. It would have punted 11, but it faked one, which didn’t work, and it had another erased by a roughing-the-kicker penalty. The Lions managed only 5 yards on the ground. “They’re a good team,” Taylor coach J.D. Jordan said. “That’s why they played in the state championship last year.”
“Tre Duncan made a big play and so did Darrell, and it really turned the tide for us,” Nolen said. “After that, we played pretty well.” Colbert played particularly well after the slow start, keeping the Redskins’ offense moving despite Taylor doing a good job on Wesley, who rushed for 32 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Lamar had just 95 yards on 36 rushes.
Though Lamar had a limited rushing attack, Colbert was able to get it done threw the air completing 15 of 27 passes for 217 yards and two TDs, throwing into a cold, gusty wind all afternoon. “We think we can do both of them equally well, or that’s our goal, and so whichever one seems to go that night we can go with,” Nolen said.
Lamar (10-0) advances to the Class 5A Division I Region III semifinals to face Pearland (11-1) at 1 p.m. Friday at Mercer Stadium. Taylor’s season ends at 8-4.