Lamar seized control of its bi-district game on Thursday in about the same time it takes a toad to lunch on a fly.
Sophomore quarterback Jack Dawson passed for three touchdowns, including two to Dayton Dubs, in a span of 1:54 of the Vikings’ first-half swamping in a 49-12 victory over Haltom at the Gopher-Warrior Bowl.
The Vikings (6-5) advanced to the Class 6A Division I area round and will play El Paso Dorado (7-3) or Midland Lee (8-2) at a date and site to be determined.
If Midland Lee wins, the game would be a Grande Communications in Midland. The site for a Dorado game is yet to be determined, though Lamar coach Laban DeLay said it would be in West Texas.
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Dawson, who was pulled in the first half to rest a tweaked ankle, DeLay said, was 10-for-17 for 186 yards and three TDs. Running back Michael Bradley had 89 yards and two TDs on seven carries for Lamar, the No. 2 Division I seed out of District 4-6A.
Receiver Trevon West had two TDs, one of 62 yards from Dawson and another of 41 yards from Kaden Hadawi. Hadawi passed for another score, 29 yards to Matthew Shaw.
The two quarterbacks combined for 302 of Lamar’s 516 total yards.
Getting out to a quick start against Haltom was Key, DeLay said.
“We talked about it,” DeLay said. “District prepares you for playoffs. I think our district is one of the toughest. Our kids fought through some really tough games throughout the year. We talked about that pregame … we need to start fast and finish strong.
“Our kids came out and did that.”
The Vikings earned their fourth victory in bi-district since 2011 and second under DeLay, who led Lamar to the regional semifinals in 2015.
This season marks Lamar’s 26th appearance in the postseason.
Haltom, which was seeking its first playoff victory since 1997, ended its season at 6-5.
Buffalos QB Michael Black had a touchdown passing, 22 yards to Kenneth Cormier, and another running.
The Vikings jumped on the Buffalos with first-half drives of 1:25, 25 seconds and 2 seconds to take a commanding 21-0 lead.
Dawson hit Dubs on a 15-yard TD pass to cap Lamar’s first drive that covered four plays and 61 yards. The sophomore QB struck again on the Vikings’ second possession, capping a quick four-play drive with a 62-yard strike to West.
Jaylen Jones put the Vikings on the doorstep on their fourth possession, returning a Haltom punt 28 yards to the Buffalos’ 2.
On first-and-goal, Dawson and Dubs, who had five catches for 80 yards, hooked up again.
Bradley got into the end zone a first time, from 1 yard, finishing off a more conventional 10-play drive of more than 4 minutes.
His second to start the second half was more trendy.
A 63-yard scoring on the second play of the third quarter had the Vikings up 35-6 45 seconds into the final 12 minutes.