HS FOOTBALL: Rebels beat Abilene 48-17 behind Davila’s 347 yards


MRT | 9/11/2023

PHOTO CREDIT: Christopher Hadorn

Legacy scored 27 unanswered points in the second half to turn a competitive game against Abilene High into a comfortable win on Friday night.

Purdue commit Marcos Davila completed 18 of 32 passes for 347 yards, three touchdown passes and two interceptions to lead the No. 25-ranked Rebels to a 48-17 victory over the rival Eagles at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene.

At the end of the game, Davila had 6,653 career passing yards to become the all-time passing leader in program history. Mikey Serrano held the previous record with 6,461 yards.

Iron-man player Damien Johnson put an exclamation mark on the win by returning an interception 83 yards for a TD. Johnson scored three total TDs, including two as a running back, while sophomore Caden Ellis finished with 129 yards receiving and a TD on four catches.

“Our defense held them in the red zone a couple times with two interceptions in the red zone,” LHS head coach Clint Hartman said. “That’s championship football when you get down there and don’t get in there. I’m real proud. Even though the scoreboard looks lopsided, I know our coaching staff feels like we were in a nine-round heavyweight fight.”

Abilene quarterback Dylan Slack was as advertised, as he completed 17 of 28 passes for 302 yards, two TD passes and an interception.

Slack completed a 50-yard TD pass to Brayden Henry in the third quarter, cutting Legacy’s lead to 21-17 with 9:14 on the clock. Henry serves as the Eagles’ explosive running quarterback.

“We had two touchdowns called back in the first half,” Hartman said. “And then at the end of the half, we had a minute left and we chance to score and we threw an interception. We had a chance to put them away early but they’re a good football team. They’re hard to handle on offense. They’ve got a one-two punch with those quarterbacks. They’re a good football team. By far, the best we’ve faced this year.”

The Rebels responded with three explosive scoring plays on offense in the third quarter.

Johnson scored on a 34-yard run to start Legacy’s 27-point run.

Davila followed with a 90-yard TD pass to Ellis and he closed out the quarter by connecting with Brex Stevens on a 34-yard TD pass. LHS led 41-17 heading into the final period.

“I think he played great,” Hartman said of Davila. “We had a lot of drops. It was kind of frustrating.”

The Eagles (2-1) struck first when Slack completed a 63-yard TD pass to Ryland Bradford.

However, the Rebels (3-0) surged ahead 14-7 by the end of the quarter.

Davila completed a 5-yard TD pass to Serrano before Johnson had a 19-yard TD run.

Davila also ran for a 2-yard score in the second quarter, which gave the Rebels a 21-10 lead heading into halftime.

Stevens had two catches for 86 yards, while Serrano finished with 72 yards on six catches.

Max Vera also had an interception for LHS.

The Rebels visit Cibolo Steele on Sept. 15.

The Eagles were ranked No. 9 in Dave Campbell's Class 5A Division I poll.


Legacy … 14 … 7 … 20 … 7 – 48

Abilene … 7 … 3 … 7 … 0 – 17

First Quarter

AHS – Ryland Bradford 63 pass from Dylan Slack (Naim Segura kick), 10:05

LHS – Aiden Serrano 5 pass from Marcos Davila (Jason Maltos kick), 5:50

LHS – Damien Johnson 19 run (Maltos kick), 1:45

Second Quarter

AHS – Segura 20 FG, 9:25

LHS – Davila 2 run (Maltos kick), 3:14

Third Quarter

AHS – Brayden Henry 50 pass from Slack (Segura kick), 9:14

LHS – D. Johnson 34 run (Maltos kick), 6:55

LHS – Cade Ellis 90 pass from Davila (run failed), 5:14

LHS – Brex Stevens 34 pass from Davila (Maltos kick), 00:33

Fourth Quarter

LHS – D. Johnson 83 interception return (Maltos kick), 10:43


……………… LHS … AHS

First downs … 23 … 17

Rushes-Yards … 34-164 … 29-103

Passing … 368 … 350

Comp-Att-Int …… 20-34-2 … 19-36-2

Punts …… 2-44.5 … 2-41.0

Fumbles-Lost … 0-0 … 2-1

Penalties-Yards … 7-49 … 4-31


RUSHING: Legacy, Madden Milloy 19-67, Damien Johnson 4-57, Tommy Johnson 4-33, Zyquwan Young 2-5, Jaden Rogers 3-3, Marcos Davila 2-(minus 1); Abilene, De’Zhon Magee 8-59, Bam Rashaw 9-21, Dylan Slack 4-12, Brayden Henry 7-11, Rylan Bradford 1-0.

PASSING: Legacy, Davila 18-32-2—347, Rogers 1-1-0—16; Abilene, Slack 17-28-1—302, Henry 2-8-1—48.

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