Photo by Johnny Tegg
MIDLAND, Texas – Lee quarterback Michael Serrano threw for 324 yards and five touchdowns, leading Midland Lee past Montwood 65-32 in the Class 6A DI bi-district round game Thursday in Midland.
Midland Lee awaits the winner of Euless Trinity and Arlington Lamar in the area round next week.
Serrano was a key component in the Rebels racking up 570 yards of total offense as junior signal caller tossed four of his five touchdowns in the first half, throwing for 252 yards in the first 24 minutes of action.
Montwood showed major life in the first quarter and well into the second quarter as they answered Lee’s first score with a two-yard touchdown pass from Sebastian Galvan to Jazz Jackson and things were tied 7-7 with 2:22 left in the first quarter.
From there, Lee scored 20 unanswered points and led 27-7 with 8:21 left until halftime when Serrano hooked up with Shemar Davis for an 11-yard touchdown pass.
Gavlan had a solid night, as he threw for 377 yards and five touchdowns, and cut the lead to 27-13 with 5:26 left until halftime after a 39-yard touchdown pass to Carlos Flores made things very interesting.
That score was set up by an interception by Neal Cardiel and the Rams would stop Midland Lee on their next defensive series.
The Rams would get the ball back after forcing Midland Lee to punt, but their drive stalled, and a special play changed the complexion of the game.
With less than two minutes left until halftime and Lee leading 27-13, Montwood tried to pin Lee deep in their own territory with a deep punt, but the Rebels’ Karl Taylor returned the punt 74-yards for a touchdown giving Lee a 34-13 lead with 1:38 until halftime.
After a Galvan interception on Montwood’s next drive, Serrano went deep to Loic Fouonji for a 36-yard touchdown pass and Lee led 41-13 at halftime and never was threatened the rest of the way.
Another momentum changing play was a 4th down conversion that led to a 33-yard touchdown pass from Serrano to Christian Romero to give Lee a 20-7 lead with 10:20 to play in the first half.
Lee held Montwood to just 43 rushing yards, forcing the Rams to rely on the pass game the entire evening.
Montwood’s Carlos Flores had a huge night hauling in 13 catches for 250 yards and three touchdowns, Montwood put up 420 total yards of offense and forced two turnovers, but could not overcome Lee’s 14-0 run in the final two minutes of the first half when the game was still close.
Montwood’s season ends at 7-4 overall.