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Lee’s big second-half catches help send O’Connor to 34-24 win over Clemens

November 18, 2017

If Greyson Lee is catching a pass, it’s usually in the end zone.

That was the case during O’Connor’s first-round Class 6A Division I playoff against Clemens held Friday at Farris Stadium.

Lee’s two second-half scores kept O’Connor’s undefeated season alive in a 34-24 victory before 5,225 fans.

Lee’s scoring catches of 23 and 28 yards allowed O’Connor to build on a 17-10 halftime lead as the Panthers improved to 11-0, the best start in program history.

The Panthers next face Reagan (9-2), which beat Buda Hays 26-25 on Friday at Comalander Stadium.

Lee finished with three catches for 62 yards. Entering the game, Lee had eight receptions for 179 yards and five touchdowns.

Lee’s first score - the 23-yarder - capped the opening drive of the second half. The Panthers marched 75-yards on 13 plays to take a 24-10 lead.

Clemens answered when Peyton McDowall caught 2-yard pass in the end zone to pull the Buffaloes to 24-17 toward the end of the third quarter.

Lee’s 28-yarder made it 31-17 at the 9:49 mark of the fourth quarter.

Darius VanDyke’s 26-yard scoring catch two minutes later cut O’Connor’s lead to 31-24.

Clemens forced three-and-outs on O’Connor’s next two possessions. O’Connor pinned Clemens on its 15 following a punt on the second three-and-out. The Buffaloes turned it over on downs and that set up Michael Lyssy’s 26-yard field goal with 1:22 left in the game to seal it, 34-24.

O’Connor and Clemens squared off for the second time ever. Their previous meeting also occurred in the playoffs, a 35-17 Clemens victory in 2003.

O’Connor quarterback Roel Sanchez completed 10 of 18 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns. He had also had a 31-yard scoring pass to Millard Bradford that made it 10-3 with 2:14 left in the first quarter. Sanchez rushed 21 times for 91 yards and one touchdown.

Clemens dropped Sanchez for three sacks. However, the Panthers’ quarterback was able to escape pressure in key moments.

The teams opened the game by trading field goals — a 25-yarder by Clemens’ Noah Taylor and one for 40 yard by Lyssy.

Following Lyssy’s field goal, Isiah Stockton recovered an onside kick at the 50, and that led to Bradford’s score.


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