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Football, Game Article | November 5, 2023

CL Hawks’ Season Comes to a Close in Loss to Badgers, 53-34

                                   Isiah Eureste defending the pass in previous Burnet game.
(photo by Dan Reed Photography https://www.danreedphotography.com)


The Canyon Lake Hawk’s Season came to an end after giving the Lampasas Badgers all they wanted in a 53-34 loss.

                  Let’s Go Hawks!!

Lampasas got their separation with 13 unanswered points after The Lake had closed the gap to a one score deficit, 40-34 contest.

CLHS came into this game with their fate already etched in stone in missing the playoffs for the first time in 10 years but Running Back Trevin Cutrer would make a statement that this would not be like those previous set-backs when he darted through the line of scrimmage for a 75 yard scamper to the end zone and Hawk, 7-0 lead on the 2nd play from scrimmage.

Canyon Lake had three 75 yard touchdowns this year with a Carter Williams run and Harris Gilliam receiving plays in the Hawks Fredericksburg game.

The Lamps would respond with a 7 play 82 yard drive that was capped off with a 58 yard pass and run that tied the score at 7 all.

Both teams would trade punts next on their alternate possessions and then CL would work their way to the Badgers’ 31 yard line before a 4th down sack resulted with a 3 play 59 yard drive by LHS with another pass play being the Hawks kryptonite on a 23 yard strike and Hawks looking to a, 14-7 deficit during the second stanza.

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Canyon Lake would be forced to punt again but this time a Badger mistake was a fumble on the return that had CL setting up shop on Lampasas’ 26 yard line.

It took the Hawks 8 plays which was capped off on a Steven Crowder to Gilliam 5 yard pass and a tied score, 14-14 with right under 3 minutes before half.

That was when the scoring would start with reckless abandon which saw the Lamps scoring twice and Hawks once in between and a 6 point halftime deficit, 27-21.

Canyon Lake used a hurry up offense that kept the chains moving for 75 yards and score with 33 seconds remaining during this scoring spree by both teams.

                          Go Hawks!!

It was a combination of passing and rushing plays that had Crowder with a one yard quarterback sneak and tied score, 21-21 with 33 second remaining.

But another explosive Badger play on a 37 yard pass play had the visitors with that 6 point advantage that took just 11 seconds.

The second half would have Lampasas scoring on every possession but their last when they were running out the clock.

Canyon Lake still had some powder in their gun with a 3 play drive that had Gilliam slicing to the end-zone on a reverse that still kept CL within striking range down, 33-27.

But…these Badgers would continue to use their speed with a one play 68 yard run to answer and keep the Hawks in the rear view mirror, 40-27.

This game would still be in a wait and see mode after Canyon Lake would use a vintage slot-t drive that covered 75 yards using 16 plays, 40-34.

CL’s season would come to a close when the Lamps scored twice more while your Hawks could not muster any scoring chances and a final, 53-34 loss.

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Canyon Lake did average 132 passing yards per game this season which was their best during the slot-t buffet these past 13 seasons. Which would explain an offense that for the first time not ending the season rushing more yards than their opponents.

Coming into this year’s campaign it had been noted on the number of graduated seniors that helped forge last year’s undefeated district run that would leave  a depth problem.  Losing players would be a key ingredient for a season ending in this manner.

An old sit-com of ‘Mash’ was the outcome as those injuries would start rearing it’s ugly head during those August scrimmages and would eventually result in having The Lake’s JV being being raided for players to help feed those vacancies.

The Good News would have many younger players getting a healthy dose of experience in preparation for the coming years.

As mentioned, QB Steven Crowder did well in orchestrating those passing stats mentioned above and seeing newcomer Harris Gilliam reach 603 receiving yards which is a record, for a season, during this slot-t era. In fact, those 600 yards were more than the team had on several of those past slot-t seasons.

Gilliam ended up with the 3rd most receiving yards for a season trailing some oldies but goodies below:


                   No   Yardage  Year
Eric Nelson        62    925     2009
Daniel Camarillo   29    615     2012
Harris Gilliam     36    603     2023
Eric Nelson        35    602     2008
Matt Magness       29    560     2010
Richard Howell     31    519     2010
Doug Hubnik        22    517     2012
Matt Magness       21    481     2011
Quinn Pike         18    384     2011
Joe Shone          31    379     2009


CL also had 7 players amassed 100 or more rushing yards:
Rushing          Att   Yds   Ave   Lg   TD
Justin Abbott    138   648   4.7   38   6
Trevin Cutrer     73   615   8.4   75   2
Caden Rodriguez   75   489   6.5   72   4
Carter Williams   37   453  12.2   75   6
Kaiden Lewis      35   171   4.9   30   2
Harris Gilliam    13   134  10.3   65   2
James Garza       24   110   3.6   32   1

It was a bumpy ride and filled with a lot of great plays and excitement.
Thanks for working your tails off Hawks as we wait for next Year.

Go Hawks!!


           1  2  3  4   Final
Badgers    7 20 13 13   53
CL Hawks   7 14  6  7   34

Team Stats         Badgers    Hawks
Total Yards        572        389
First Downs        24         23
Rush/Yards         31/387     49/299
Comp/Att/Int       10/13/0    9/17/2
Passing Yards      185        90
Punts/Average      1/48       3/33.3
Fumbles/Lost       1/1        1/0
Penalties-Yards    11/115     9-82

Passing           Comp  Att   Pct   Yds  Int TD
Steven Crowder     9    16   .563   90   1   1
Harris Gilliam     0     1   .000    0   1   0
Totals             9    17   .529   90   2   1

Rushing            Att  Yds   Ave   Lg   TD
Trevin Cutrer      11   148  13.5   75   1 
Harris Gilliam      5    96  19.2   65   1
Justin Abbott      15    55   3.0   10   0
Caden Rodriguez     7    34   3.9   18   1
Kaiden Lewis        3    10   3.3    6   0
Gram Simpson        1    -4  -4.0    -   0
Steven Crowder      7   -40  -5.0    1   1
Totals             49   299   6.1   75   4

Receiving          No   Yds   Ave   Lg   TD
Harris Gilliam      5   55   11.0   17   1
Caden Rodriguez     2   22   11.0   17   0
Jayden Van Ausdall  1   11   11.0   11   0
Justin Abbott       1    2    2.0    2   0
Totals              9   90   10.0   17   1