Four trips to pay dirt for Landers as Harvesters knock off Elk City 49-21

Michael Campos (three catches, 26 yards, touchdown) battles for a touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone early in Pampa’s 49-21 win over Elk City. (Photo by John Lee)

Junior running back Cornelius Landers found pay-dirt four times in Pampa’s 49-21 home-opening victory of Elk City.

“I thought in the first half we had one bust that led to a big run. But aside from that, I thought we played pretty good defense in the first half and, in the first half, we really executed on offense,” Head Coach Greg Poynor said. “We had 42 points at the half and felt pretty good. We had to get a lot of players in the game but we got a little sloppy. We got a little sloppy on the offensive line, a little sloppy with the receivers and quarterback. 

“We got a little sloppy. Sometimes in a blowout game you do that. But I am super-happy to be 1-0. That’s a team we have had some trouble with over the years. I saw some things I really, really liked and saw some things we need to clean up for sure.”

The Harvesters first drive came at the hands of a botched punt snap that set Pampa at the one-yard line with a first and goal. Junior Cornelius Landers punched it in on the hand-off and Pampa took the early 7-0 lead following the extra point from junior Erick Hernandez.

Elk City was able to answer the Harvesters with a touchdown run themselves and we had a tied game with 4:36 left in the opening quarter. 

The Harvesters set up shop at their own 28-yard-line. Senior Jack Studebaker connected with senior wideout Cayden Stout for six yards. Landers took the rock seven yards to move the chains, followed by a four-yard carry by junior back Jordan Lacy for a fresh set of downs.

Junior receiver Jessie Alvidrez caught a nine-yard pass from Studebaker followed by a pass over the middle to junior Hunter Dyer to put Pampa in the red zone. After nine-yard carry from Landers, Studebaker found Michael Campos in the corner of the end zone for the nine-yard score.

Heading into the second quarter, Pampa set up shop at Pampa’s 25-yard-line. A 28-yard carry from Landers gave the Harvesters a fresh set of downs, but a penalty put Pampa back at the Elks 40-yard-line. A 37-yard pass to Lacy at the goal line set Pampa up with first and goal.

Lacy pounded the ball in two plays later and Pampa took the 21-14 lead following the Hernandez extra point with 9:23 2Q.

Pampa’s next scoring drive came after a punt went out-of-bounds near midfield at the Elks 49-yard line. A pair of completions to Stout gave Pampa a fresh set of downs. Landers took the rock 14 yards to move the chains, followed by a quarterback keeper by junior Sam Anguiano to put Pampa nine yards from pay dirt. 

Lacy scored his second touchdown of the game to give Pampa the 28-14 lead.

Junior Brady Brotherton recovered an un-fielded kick-off giving Pampa the ball already in the red zone at the 16-yard-line for Elk City. It only took one play for Pampa cash in on the opportunity as Landers broke the first tackle and scored on the 16-yard scamper. Pampa took the 35-14 lead after the Hernandez extra point.

Pampa’s final first-half drive came after Elk City muffed a punt and Pampa set up shop at the Elks 26-yard-line. Studebaker and Dyer hooked up again, this time near the goal-line on a 28-yard dart. Landers completed the trifecta and Pampa held a dominant 42-14 lead heading into halftime.

The Harvesters first two second-half drives were cut short following Studebaker’s third and fourth interceptions in his first varsity start.

“That’s his first start and he had some jitters, too. A couple of those interceptions weren’t his fault. A couple of those were my fault,” Poynor said. “Once we got ahead we tried to do a little bit of different stuff than what we spend a lot of time practicing. They were bringing a ton of people very play. He got a little rattled, too. 

“But I’m happy, I have a friend and we used to say, ‘Let’s hang half-a-hundred on them’ and you know we just about did that. There’s some things we’ve got to get better at.”

Studebaker bounced back when the Harvesters were the beneficiaries of yet another botched punt by Elk City and took over at the Elks five-yard line. Studebaker found Landers in the flat for Pampa’s final touchdown at 49-14 after the extra point by Hernandez.

The Harvesters return to action on Friday when they travel to Dalhart to take on the Golden Wolves. Game-time is at 7 p.m.

“They’re (Dalhart) a good football team. I’ve already watched some film on them,” Poynor said. “There’s just so many things we’ve got to clean up. Some offensive line play, some misalignments on defense. But across the state, there’s a lot of people saying that.”

Unofficial stats

Jack Studebaker went 15-24 for 189 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.

Cornelius Landers had eight carries for 79 yards and three touchdowns; Jordan Lacy had three carries for 18 yards and two touchdowns; Sam Anguiano had a five-yard rush and Jack Studebaker had a 12-yard run.

Cayden Stout had three catches for 26 yards; Jessie Alvidrez had four catches for 22 yards; Hunter Dyer had four catches and 83 yards; Michael Campos had three catches for 26 yards and a touchdown; Bryson Murrack had an eight-yard catch; Jordan Lacy had two catches for 39 yards and Landers had a five-yard touchdown grab.

Erick Hernandez went 7-7 with extra points and went 0-1 in field goals.

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