• Greg Wille

SHOT AT PERFECTION: Lake Belton aims to complete 9-0 season in road clash vs. San Antonio Davenport

By GREG WILLE

TempleBeltonSports.com

gwille2@hot.rr.com


Lake Belton can complete its first perfect football season in program history when it plays at San Antonio Davenport at 7:30 tonight.

To accomplish that feat, the Broncos (8-0) must defeat the only team they’ve ever lost to in two seasons of action.

Coach Brian Cope’s Lake Belton program is 17-1 since the school opened in 2020. The lone loss for the Broncos’ top team during that time was 42-35 at Davenport in early September in a matchup of first-year schools. Lake Belton avenged that defeat on Oct. 30 by outplaying the Wolves for a 30-15 victory at Belton’s Tiger Field.

Tonight’s rubber match is the only meeting this year between Lake Belton and Davenport (6-2). Both teams are coming off blowout wins last week. The Broncos beat Austin Liberal Arts and Science Academy 58-0 at home, limiting the Raptors to minus-18 yards rushing and 18 yards passing. Junior Daniel Hardin had a 35-yard touchdown run and returned an interception for another TD.

The Wolves defeated San Antonio Pieper 57-0.

This will be Lake Belton’s final game both as an independent program and without seniors. In February the University Interscholastic League will place the Broncos into a district for the 2022 and 2023 seasons, likely in Class 5A Division I.

Lake Belton junior quarterback Connor Crews has passed for 1,472 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 457 yards and eight TDs. His leading target is sophomore receiver Micah Hudson with 42 catches for 761 yards and four touchdowns for the Broncos, who have outscored opponents 285-134.

Junior safety Javeon Wilcox paces the Broncos’ defense with 80 tackles, followed by junior linebacker Connor Brennan with 52 stops and sophomore safety Peanut Brazzle with 47. Sophomore linebacker Ty Legg has made a team-high three interceptions.

Davenport, which does have seniors for the first time this year, has averaged 43.9 points per game this season while outscoring opponents 351-199. The Wolves’ two losses were 28-14 at 2A Division I power Shiner and 63-42 at 5A D-II Lockhart.

Davenport completes its second season next Saturday at Katy Jordan, whose Warriors lost two close games to Lake Belton this year.

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