ROCKWALL -- The Lone Star Rangers once again had big plays on offense, led by receiver Marvin Mims, the new state record-holder for receiving yards in a season. But in the second half Friday night, there were no plays bigger than the ones made by the Lone Star defense to preserve a 38-20 victory over Lancaster.
In the fourth quarter alone, the Lone Star defense forced one punt, stopped Lancaster on fourth downs twice and intercepted two passes at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium. That helped the Rangers earn a 14th straight win and the 5A Division I Region 2 title.
Lone Star (14-0) will next play on Saturday (Dec. 14) against Denton Ryan (14-0).
Garret Rangel threw four touchdown passes in the win. Two of them were to Mims, who finished with 10 catches for 214 yards, giving him a state-record 2,486 yards receiving this season. Mims broke a record that had stood since 1998.
The senior got Lone Star off to a great start by racing for an 84-yard touchdown on the second play of the game. Lancaster (11-3) was tough to put away, however, even after Mims' second touchdown reception gave Lone Star a 31-13 lead early in the third quarter. Lancaster cut the lead to 31-20 with four minutes left in the third quarter, and the Tigers had several opportunities to get closer in the fourth quarter.
But Lone Star's defense denied Lancaster each time.
Lone Star forced a punt on Lancaster's first possession of the fourth quarter and then stopped Lancaster on fourth down on its next drive. The Rangers then ended back-to-back Lancaster drives with interceptions, the first by Montrice Warren and the second by Blake Gotcher.
Gotcher's interception set up a 24-yard touchdown run by Jake Bogdon that clinched the victory for the Rangers, who tied the 2015 Lone Star state finalist for most wins in a season.
(Statistics provided by the Dallas Morning News' SportsDayHS.com)