SWEETWATER, Texas – New Home’s deepest postseason run came to an end with a 53-25 loss to Albany in the Class 2A Division Two State Semifinals Thursday at the Mustang Bowl.
After being held scoreless in the first quarter, the Leopards’ offense would get on the board with a four-play, 65-yard drive as junior quarterback Brazos Beck hit senior receiver Jackson Raines for a six-yard touchdown to cut the Lions’ lead in half at 14-6.
Albany would then respond with two more touchdowns to extend the lead 27-7 heading into halftime.
In the fourth quarter, the Leopards would open with a quarterback keeper by Beck for a 14-yard touchdown. After the two-point conversion, the Leopards would trail Albany 39-17.
New Home’s offense would strike again as the duo of Beck and Raines would connect on a 47-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
“I think we had some jitters early on,” New Home head coach Jon Ward said. “With a team like Albany, you can’t let them get that many chances to score, but I’m proud of our team because we continued to fight no matter what.”
The Leopards finish their historic run with a 13 and 2 overall record. The most wins in program history.