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Judson blows out Reagan in Class 6A Division I second round

November 24, 2018

The names Robert Rigsby, Jahleel Rice and John Basaldua won’t appear in the Judson box score Friday. But without them, touchdowns by running backs Sincere McCormick and De’Anthony Lewis, and quarterback Mike Chandler wouldn’t have appeared, either.

Judson ran behind the large right side of its offense and made Reagan pay for its mistakes in a 63-21 blowout in Region IV-6A Division I playoff action at the Alamodome.

The Rockets (11-0) blew open the game early with a 35-point second quarter. McCormick burst over the right guard and raced 65 yards for a score and a 14-7 lead at the 11:15 mark. After Reagan muffed the ensuing kickoff and Judson recovered, sophomore De’Anthony Lewis took a handoff over the right tackle and cut his way inside for another touchdown in a 13-second span.

On Judson’s next possession, McCormick took a handoff on second-and-9, broke outside to the right again and outraced two Reagan defenders to the end zone. Humberto Villarreal’s extra point made it 28-7 with 8:15 to play until halftime.

“They were wide open; you could fit a truck in there,” McCormick said after his 10-carry, 188-yard, two-touchdown performance. “I’ve got to give it up to my offensive line. They work hard every single day. We just play for each other 100 percent. It’s a brotherhood at the end of the day.”

The Rocket defense came to play, too. Cornerback Michael Washington had two interceptions, safety Rashad Wisdom plucked a fumble recovery out of mid-air and went 40 yards for a touchdown, and linemen DeMarvin Leal and Daniel Williams shut down Reagan’s offense.

“We just had to keep the pressure on them. They have a good quarterback and running back, so we had to control the line,” Leal said.

Linebacker Kevin Wood recorded two of Judson’s four first-half sacks as the Rockets held Reagan to 13 yards rushing.

Chandler completed 8 of 12 first-half passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns as Judson continually threw deep with its steady quarterback protection. Chandler also bulled in for a 5-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to give Judson a 49-14 lead.

“We have a good line on both sides. I just have faith in them, and they did their jobs,” Chandler said. “We were just looking at match-ups, and we felt like we could get them deep, so we took it.”

Chandler completed four passes of 15 or more yards. He finished 11-of-17 for 164 yards and two touchdowns.

“I was just diagnosing where they were lined up and doing the job my coaches assigned to me,” said Rice, Judson’s 6-foot-3, 295-pound senior right guard.

Judson coach Sean McAuliffe couldn’t agree more.

“We’ve got some talented kids up front who work really hard, and we have a super-talented backfield with Mike Chandler and Sincere and De’Anthony Lewis,” McAuliffe said. “We didn’t necessarily say, ‘go right,’ but I know we’re going to go where it works, and that’s how it turned out today.”

Judson amassed 567 yards on offense, 367 on the ground and 200 through the air. In addition to McCormick’s 188 yards, Lewis finished with 75 yards on six carries. The Rockets held Reagan to seven first downs and 225 total yards — 65 rushing on 33 carries, and 160 passing on eight completions in 21 attempts.

jflinn@express-news.net

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