Robert Munoz had another monster effort running the ball for Abbott, including three second-half touchdown runs. The last one, a 2-yarder, clinched the mercy-rule triumph for the Panthers.
Isaiah Singleton also showed some great moves for Abbott, and had TD runs of 76 and 61 yards in the first half as Abbott built a 46-20 lead by the break.
No. 1 Live Oak 54, Lucas Christian 32
KEENE — You don’t get to state without overcoming some adversity along the way. Doesn’t matter if it’s public school or private, 11-man or six-man.
Live Oak (13-0) fought through its share of it this week and came out stronger than ever, as the Falcons dispatched Lucas Christian in the TAPPS Div. II six-man state semifinals. The No. 1-ranked Falcons will meet Marble Falls Faith for the state title at noon Thursday at Waco ISD Stadium.
Live Oak’s win was made all the more impressive by the fact that several players were involved in a recent ATV accident. Falcons coach Brice Helton said that the team’s No. 2 running back Eli Herman suffered a compound leg fracture in that wreck, ending his season.
“Then you throw a holiday week in on top of that, there was a lot going on with the mental side,” Helton said. “Three of the guys had to lift the ATV off of Eli. … There’s a lot of trauma involved with that, a lot of what ifs. But we were able to huddle up and pull together and get out of there with an ugly win.”