• Hunter Lanham (10) takes a snap with Bryce Hernandez (75) during the first half of Friday’s area round playoff game at Abilene Christian University. The sophomore quarterback led Graham to an 8-4 season record in his first season at the varsity level. The Steers fell to Lubbock Estacado 46-30. Leader photo by Travis Martinez

Steers end season with second-round loss in playoffs

Daniel Gilbertson rolled around in pain in the second quarter after retrieving a kickoff. He was helped to the sidelines and missed the final three quarters. The Steers were never the same after falling 46-30 to Lubbock Estacado in the Class 4A Division II area round at Abilene Christian University on Friday night.

“A lot of our offense is built around Daniel,” said Steers head coach Kenny Davidson. “He’s a very gifted athlete. The touchdown he had for us early in the game spoke for itself. We just didn’t get enough stops on defense and I think we got exposed out there in the open field. Trying to tackle the athletes that we were going up against was a challenge for us.

“Overall, I’m proud of how we battled this year with a young group and especially am proud of how the seniors helped guide us to where we wanted to be. We don’t have anything to hang our hats on, because they fought until the very end.”

Friday marked the final game for 19 Graham seniors including-Gilmore, Clark, Guinn, Nolan Carroll, Will Hays, Klayton Read, Will Busey, Wyatt Mayberry, Garrett Dickey, Michael Wilborn, Jay Robertson, Tyler Shifflett, Ri’en Perez, Jesus Gonzalez, Bowden Bond, Garrison Stovall, Sebastian Gallegos, Jack Mercer and Bodie Stroud.

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