SAN ANTONIO - Caleb Englebrecht scored two touchdowns in the second half including the game winner to rally Lee past Taft 24-20 in the season opener for Hallmark University Thursday Night Lights presented by Jack in the Box.
Englebrecht threw 191 yards and a touchdown and ran for 66 yards and two scores, including a 13-yard run with 3:42 in the fourth quarter that put the Vols (1-0) on top for good.
Taft (0-1) led for most of the game, building a 17-7 lead at the half. Justin Stevenson scored first on a 68-yard run in the first. Taft tacked on a 28-yard field goal to go up 10-0 with 8:37 left in the half.
On Lee's next drive, Englebrecht hit D'Andre Woodard with a 53-yard touchdown pass to cut the Taft lead down to three.
Stevenson ran for 201 yards and a touchdown for Taft.
SAN ANTONIO - A new season of Hallmark University Thursday Night Lights presented by Jack in the Box starts tonight on the CW 35.
Lee and Taft kicking it all off.
TAFT HIGH SCHOOL PEP RALLY
It should be a lot of fun playing up the fact that both head coaches, Danny Kloza from Lee and Brian Davenport from Taft, used to work together at Lee 20-something years ago. They'e the best of friends, and they're excited about that, and starting the season on Live TV.
"Being the first week is also a little nerve wracking," Taft head coach Brian Davenport said. "These first games you never know, especially when you turn the lights on and then add the TV to it. I'm kinda curious to see how some of these kids who haven't been there are gonna react."
"Especially with that first game, a lot of kids are going to be nervous and we're on TV," Lee head coach Danny Kloza said. "It's Thursday Night Lights and the lights will be on and the kids will be excited. It'll be fun. We'll do fine."
Thursday Night Lights begins at 7 p.m. and we'll have that for you LIVE from Gustafson Stadium on the CW 35.
LEE vs. TAFT
(Taft leads series 7-1)
Last win for Lee:2015 (43-42 (2OT)
Last win for Taft:2016 (28-14)
Most consecutive wins for Lee:1 (2016)
Most consecutive wins for Taft:6 (1988-2014)
Largest margin for Lee:1 (43-42 (2OT) in 2016)
Largest margin for Taft:24 (24-0 in 1990)
1988:Taft 7, Lee 0
1989:Taft 16, Lee 12
1990:Taft 24, Lee 0
1991:Taft 20, Lee 19
1993:Taft 24, Lee 16 (playoffs)
2014:Taft 41, Lee 35
2015:Lee 43, Taft 42 (2OT)
2016:Taft 28, Lee 14
SOURCE: San Antonio Express News
TNL BAND GRANT
Ready to watch for the Thursday Night Lights halftime shows this season? Check out the Lee Band and the Taft Marching Band! Vote for your favorite band by texting Band1 for Lee and Band2 for Taft to 44332 for the TNL Band Grant!
The band that is voted the winner at the end of the season will win a $5,000 Band Grant. The winner is picked by you, so VOTE NOW.
Official Rules & Regulations: http://cw35.com/station/contests/tnl-band-grant-contest-rules-08-29-2017