MINERAL WELLS — The Stamford Bulldogs had their worst quarter of the season Saturday afternoon at Ram Stadium, falling behind Lindsay 27-6 after the first 12 minutes of their Region I-2A Division I bi-district matchup against the Knights. But it was the Peyton Bevel and Co. show after that as Stamford roared back for a wild 68-34 win.
The Bulldogs will face New Deal in an area-round matchup at 1 p.m. Friday in Snyder.
Bevel threw for just 80 yards in the opening quarter before going wild with 434 yards and six touchdowns in the second and third quarters. He finished the game with 514 yards.
Zachary Duran and Trace Edwards each caught five passes in the win, netting 192 and 172 receiving yards, respectively. R.J. Smith made it a trio of triple-digit receivers, finishing with four catches for 139 yards.
Edwards had three touchdowns (51, 67, 30), Duran two (62, 6) and Smith a 23-yarder in the win.
“Those dudes are unbelievable and they make my job easier,” Bevel said. “They are some of the most unbelievable athletes that I have ever played with. I wouldn’t trade them for the world.”
Stamford started slow with a punt, an interception, a D’Marcus Barber 4-yard touchdown run and a punt in its first four possessions, before giving up a 91-yard touchdown run to Kyle Ott to end the first quarter.
Stamford coach Ronnie Casey has preached weathering the storm all season to his squad and reiterated that between the first and second quarters.
The Bulldogs listened to their coach and, most importantly, believed in themselves.
“He told us to just keep fighting and weather the storm,” Bevel said. “There’s always going to be a storm each game and it’s a matter of which team weathers it. We just had to stay focused and not get our head down.”
One of the issues that hampered Bevel in the first quarter was shaky offensive line play. That changed from the second quarter on, and Casey said it possibly could have been due to the fact that three starters had been in Big Spring on Saturday morning qualifying for the state FFA meet.
In four second-quarter possessions, the Bulldogs scored four times and got a huge play from Ethan Medina that shifted the momentum.
Smith had his touchdown with 10:40 left in the half, and on Lindsay’s first snap after that, Medina read a screen pass perfectly and had a 6-yard interception return for a touchdown.
In a span of 10 seconds, Stamford saw a 27-6 deficit get trimmed to 27-20.
“Until Medina picked off that pass, a lot of kids had self-doubt and preservation in them, and coming into the playoffs any team is nervous, and that’s probably what it was,” Casey said. “The mojo came through there and when it did, things started clicking and we could play again.”
The defense then forced a punt, got a Josh Mueller interception and forced another punt as the Bulldog offense scored on Edwards’ first touchdown catch, a 10-yard touchdown pass from Bevel to Shavaris Cooper and a 5-yard touchdown run by Bevel with 1:48 left in the first half.
Bevel then got red-hot in the third quarter, completing seven of nine passes in the quarter for 254 yards and two touchdowns. Duran did most of his damage during that time with 136 yards on three catches in the quarter.
Bevel threw his final touchdown pass of the night 59 seconds into the fourth quarter from six yards out to Duran.
The Stamford backups saw most of the fourth-quarter action and got in on the scoring too as Tre Mitchell threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Edwards on fourth and 26 with 7:09 to play to finish off the scoring.
REGION I-2A DIVISION I BI-DISTRICT
STAMFORD 68, LINDSAY 34
LHS — Aaron Fleitman 9 run (Tyler Yancey kick), 8:34
LHS — Yancey 57 pass from Seth Foster (kick failed), 6:22
SHS — D’Marcus Barber 4 run (pass failed), 4:25
LHS — Kyle Ott 28 run (Yancey kick), 2:21
LHS — Ott 91 run (Yancey kick), :00
SHS — R.J. Smith 23 pass from Peyton Bevel (pass failed), 10:40
SHS — Ethan Medina 6 interception return (Shavaris Cooper run), 10:30
SHS — Trace Edwards 51 pass from Bevel (run failed), 7:41
SHS — Cooper 10 pass from Bevel (pass failed), 5:35
SHS — Bevel 5 run (Zachary Duran pass from Bevel), 1:48
SHS — Edwards 67 pass from Bevel (Cooper run), 9:07
LHS — Evan Anderle 29 pass from Foster (Yancey kick), 6:24
SHS — Zachary Duran 62 pass from Bevel (Cade Lefevre pass from Bevel), 2:43
SHS — Duran 6 pass from Bevel (run failed), 11:01
SHS — Edwards 30 pass from Tre Mitchell (kick failed), 7:09
RUSHING — Lindsay, Kyle Ott 8-123, Seth Foster 21-42, Aaron Fleitman 6-32, Jace Edington 3-25, Team 1-0. Stamford, Shavaris Cooper 11-56, Tre Mitchell 3-24, D’Marcus Barber 5-24, R.J. Smith 1-(-3), Brennon Day 1-(-5), Team 2-(-5), Peyton Bevel 8-(-12).
PASSING — Lindsay, Foster 12-25-3—186. Stamford, Bevel 17-32-1—514, Mitchell 2-3-0—25.
RECEIVING — Lindsay, Tyler Yancey 1-57, Edington 3-57, Evan Anderle 1-29, Merrick Parkhill 3-25, Fleitman 3-20, Kyle Zwinggi 1-(minus-2). Stamford, Zachary Duran 5-192, Trace Edwards 5-172, Smith 4-139, Mitchell 1-28, Cooper 2-12, Barber 2-(-4).
RECORDS — Lindsay 5-6; Stamford 9-2.