Final Four setback can’t diminish Super Season

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ABILENE—New Deal’s hand was loaded with a full house. With a big help from an Ace for a quarterback, the Lions stormed past San Saba, 35-6, December 14, in the Class 2A, Division I, semifinals.

“{Give} credit to them,” Armadillos’ head coach Jerod Fikac said. “Not on our kids—put that on me,” and, in a signature postgame statement, he added, “Our kids fought all season long; {they} have nothing to be ashamed of.” As accurate as a Spelling Bee champion: 14-1 record after winning three games in 2016-2017 combined, and going farther in the playoffs than anyone else in the school’s gridiron history.

New Deal—near Lubbock and now 15-0—was led on a 78-yard drive—at historic Shotwell Stadium—in the opening quarter by quarterback Jett Whitfield. On secondand-22 from the San Saba 26, he threw over the middle to D.K. Blaylock, and he ran in for a 7-0 lead with 3:59 to go in the first.

“Our mentality is to go 1-0 on every play of the game,” said lineman Junior Jaimes. “Keep fighting till the last whistle.” The defense, with defensive back Carter Turner, for one, making several stops, would only give up one more score in the first half to a Lions’ team which averaged 59 points a game in its four previous playoff contests.


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