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Football: Argyle throttles Levelland 66-8 with Stephenville waiting

CLYDE — It wasn't until there were less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter before Levelland successfully stopped Argyle.

At that point, Argyle (12-0) already was cutting a devastating path through the Lobos defense.

The No. 3-ranked Eagles racked up 462 yards, 367 of which came in the first half, en route to a 66-8 blowout Class 4A Dvision I area-round playoff win against Levelland at Clyde's Bulldog Stadium.

Argyle is now set up for a tough matchup in the third round against Stephenville, which will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Mansfield's Vernon Newsom Stadium.

"We were able to distribute the ball effectively tonight," Argyle coach Todd Rodgers said. "It was good to see that happened tonight because we've been working on that the last five to six weeks, and it's nice to see it come to fruition."

The Eagles ran 30 plays in the first half and scored on nine of them. Six players scored for Argyle in the first half, and when third-string running back Luke Farris scored on an untouched run up the middle with 7:17 left in third quarter, he became the seventh.

Quarterback Hayden Clearman played the first half while Bo Hogeboom stepped in the second half. Clearman completed 10 of his 13 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns.

Don Williams rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown, and Noah Lang scored twice on a pair of 1-yard plunges. Trent McCloud led the Eagles receiving corps with two catches for 54 yards.

"It's a great feeling to know it doesn't have to be one player [scoring]," Williams said. "Our coaches have confidence in all of us to do our jobs, and execute the way we know how.

"As each week passes, we've found different ways to score with a lot of guys, and we'll need to do to stay alive in playoffs."

Levelland crossed midfield only once the entire first half, and a play later, were backed up by a penalty. Its longest play before halftime was a 23-yard scamper from running back Tristan Vanzandt.

Vanzandt scored the Lobos' lone touchdown with 1:49 left in the third quarter. He found the edge and outraced the Argyle defense for an 88-yard score.

The 59-0 halftime lead was insurmountable for the Lobos, who recorded 106 yards of offense against the first-team Eagles defense before finishing with a respectable 290 total yards.

Lobos quarterback Chris Gerber did all he could, scrambling on most of his dropbacks before being brought down five times in the backfield.

"[Clearman] did a great job of giving us a good look at what Levelland's quarterback would do," Rodgers said. "He's a gifted athlete who extended plays when he needed to. I'm happy our defense still got after him and did not relent."

With the Yellow Jackets on the horizon, Williams said he believes the way the Eagles prepare and focus each day will give them a chance at taking down a stout Stephenville squad.

"We're going to go day-by-day, practice-by-practice with one focus, and that's preparing for Stephenville," Williams said.

JIMMY ISBELL can be reached at 817-781-0379 and via Twitter @Jimmy_Isbell12. 

Argyle 66, Levelland 8

Levelland 0 0 8 0 -- 8
Argyle 28 31 7 0 -- 66

AY -- Don Williams 6 run (Travis Garner kick)

AY -- Bryson Hudgens 9 pass from Hayden Clearman (Travis Garner kick)

AY -- Noah Lang 1 run (Travis Garner kick)

AY -- Chase Estrada 8 run (Travis Garner kick)

AY -- Travis Garner 18 FG

AY -- Chase Estrada 42 pass from Hayden Clearman (Travis Garner kick)

AY -- Noah Lang 1 run (Grant Shaw kick)

AY -- Cale Nanny 40 punt return (Travis Garner kick)

AY -- Alex Gonzales 11 pass from Hayden Clearman (Grant Shaw kick)

AY -- Luke Farris 1 run (Travis Garner kick)

LE -- Tristan Vanzandt 88 run (Zack Estrada pass from Chris Gerber)

Team Stats LE AY
First Downs 13 19
Rushing Yards 46-225 29-181
Passing Yards 65 281
Passing 7-19-2 14-22-0
Punts-Avg 6-26.33 4-41.75
Penalties 4-30 2-20
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 0-0

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing -- AY: Don Williams 10-75, Noah Lang 4-61, Tito Byce 1-13, Chase Estrada 1-8, Hayden Clearman 2-8, Wyatt Alcorn 4-6, Luke Farris 6-5, Wyatt Alcorn 1-5, LE: Tristan Vanzandt 25-167, Chris Gerber 21-58.

Passing -- AY: Hayden Clearman 10-13-0-214, Bo Hogeboom 4-9-0-67, LE: Chris Gerber 7-19-2-65.

Receiving -- AY: Trent McCloud 2-54, Cale Nanny 2-50, Bryson Hudgens 3-50, Chase Estrada 2-49, Will Palmer 2-46, Alex Gonzales 2-22, Tito Byce 1-10, LE: Zack Estrada 3-21, Drayton Salinas 2-20, Hunter Gibbs 1-19, Landon Watkins 1-5.