Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo

SAN ANGELO – Friday night both local high school football teams won their key district match-ups to stay in the hunt for the playoffs. In an afternoon game, the Lakeview Chiefs down, 28-7 at half-time, came from behind in the second half to defeat the Lubbock High Westerners 41-35 at Lowery Field.  

The Chiefs' (3-5 on the season) rally in the second half was due to all three phases: offense, defense and special teams coming together to secure their first district win. The Chiefs outscored the Westerners 34-7 in the second half as junior running back, Donald Bowman, ran wild behind his offensive line, for a mind-boggling 300 plus yards, several which were of the long distance touchdown runs. 

The Chiefs return home Oct. 30 to play Plainview which lost its game Friday night to the Lubbock Cooper Pirates, 31-6. 

While the Chiefs were up north, the Central High Bobcats went west to play district rival, Odessa Bronchos at Ratliff Stadium. The Bobcats were ahead of the Bronchos in the first quarter and took a 22-14 half-time lead before eventually pulling away to win their second district win of the season, 43-14. 

The second half saw Central's defense pitch a shutout as Odessa couldn't score while the Bobcat offense came up with three touchdown drives.

Central continues its' road warrior trip next weekend; up next are the Midland Lee Rebels, upset by the Abilene High Eagles, 28-27. What that means is that the Bobcats and Rebels are now tied for second place at 2-1 in district, one game behind the Permian Panthers. The Central vs Midland Lee game on Oct. 30, will kick-off from Midland Grande Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

In other area games, here are final scores: Wall 33, Brady 14; Colorado City 29, Ballinger 28; Marfa 52, Garden City 6; Menard 35, Miles 22; Paint vs Eden, cancelled; Reagan County 15, Grape Creek 0; Sonora 54, TLCA Academy 30; Sterling City 60; Robert Lee 38; Water Valley 58, Veribest 8; Eldorado 31, Wink 24.