Corpus Christi Miller upsets No. 2 Lampasas in offensive thriller
SAN ANTONIO — For all the talk of the offenses on the field Saturday night in the Class 4A Division I area round of the playoffs, it was a defensive stand that won the game.
The Corpus Christi Miller defense stuffed Lampasas quarterback Ace Whitehead on fourth-and-1 at the 5-yard line to preserve a 54-49 upset win over No. 2 Lampasas.
Buccaneers quarterback Andrew Body, who had 567 combined yards and a hand in all eight Miller touchdowns said he felt relief when he saw the referee spot the ball short.
"I knew that our D-Line and linebackers were going to get after it," Body said. "We have a great defensive coordinator (Eric John) and he put us in the right position to succeed on that play."
In addition to throwing for 300 yards and four touchdowns on 11 of 20 passing, Body carried the ball 31 times for 267 yards and four scores. Plus he played in the secondary.
"We knew they were going to go with Ace — and rightfully so — just like we did with Body down the stretch," Miller coach Justen Evans said. "That is what you do. That is what you do, you put the ball in your senior quarterback's hands and you live with the results. That's what we were able to do. It went our way."
Miller stretched its lead over the second-ranked Badgers to 54-35 with 10:42 to play on a fourth-down pass from Body to Lonnie Adkism.
Lampasas kept fighting and stripped Body of the ball on the next possession and stuffed him on fourth down to take over with 3:23 to play, scoring on each possession in between the stops.
Trailing 54-49, Lampasas took advantage of a personal foul on Body making a tackle on defense and marched to the 5 setting up the final fourth down play.
"We knew Ace was coming and they needed almost two yards," said Adkism, who finished with six catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns. "The D-Linemen were locked in and filled the gaps, the linebackers came in and got the hit. We were ready for it."
Adkism, who was one of five offensive players on the field on the key play, had an interception on the second series of the game, that allowed Miller to play from in front.
The Bucs scored on eight of their first nine drives in opening the 54-35 edge.
"I've worked a lot on defense," Adkism said. "I start on offense, but I really work a lot at corner since I'm playing both ways. My main focus was guarding No. 6 (Mike Murray). That pick really picked up the momentum for our offense."
The game had signs immediately that it was going to be a track meet as Body scored on a 43-yard run, hit a 50-yard pass to Adkism and added a 55-yard touchdown jaunt on the first three series of the game to help Miller build a 21-14 advantage.
In the first half, the Bucs' defense forced two punts, had an interception and turned the Badgers away on a pass into the end zone on the last play of the second quarter to give the team breathing room, leading 40-28 going into the locker room.
Evans credited John and the Miller defensive staff, who he said gets unfair criticism.
"A lot of time, the offense puts the defense in a bad position — scoring quickly sometimes and going for it on fourth downs," Evans said. "He never wavers. He just continues to fight, fight, fight. (John) bears down and they bear down and I'm just so happy they got the stop."
Adkism's receptions included two fourth-down conversions and a conversion on third-and-18. Adraean Lloyd also converted a fourth down and finished with 118 yards on four catches as Lampasas struggled to contain Body and the Miller offense until the fourth quarter.
"Tonight we knew they were heavy in the box, and we weren't going to run, but we had success so we weren't going to reinvent the wheel," Body said. "I feel like I'm a different person in the playoffs. I always try to go two or three times harder. It is win or go home. There aren't any second chances."
Saturday's stars: Adkism finished with six catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns and Adraean Lloyd tallied 118 yards on four catches and one score. Ace Whitehead was also stellar in his final high school football game. The Texas baseball commit finished with 265 yards passing, 101 yards rushing and three total touchdowns. Jack Jerome led Lampasas with 118 yards rushing and two scores and Ethan Moreno was the Badgers leading receiver (eight catches, 176 yards, two touchdowns).
Class 4A, Division I
CC Calallen (10-2) vs. Austin LBJ (7-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Indian Stadium in Jourdanton
Class 4A, Division II
Wimberley (9-3) vs. Sinton (8-3), 2 p.m. Saturday at Converse’s Rutledge Stadium
Class 3A, Division I
Vanderbilt Industrial (11-1) vs. Lago Vista (8-3), TBD