Nor could it stop Willie Police.
Printz threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns — all to Police — en route to a 42-13 victory over Class AAAAA’s No. 3 team Friday night in a non-region game at Frank Fillmann Stadium.
Police finished with 196 yards through his connections with Printz.
The No. 5 team of Class AAAAAA, Lassiter (3-0) jumped in front on the second play of its opening drive.
Printz, back on the field days after having his scholarship offer from UCLA rescinded by the Bruins, found a wide-open Police for a 51-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline. Then, on the third play of Lassiter’s second drive, Printz found Police wide-open again, this time for a 90-yard touchdown.
“We blew some coverages and gave up 14 points right off the bat,” Kell coach Derek Cook said. “That’s hard to recover from against a team as talented as (Lassiter is).”
The Trojans scored again on their third play of their next drive when Printz threw to Police in the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown pass. Then, on the first play of Kell’s subsequent drive, Lassiter’s Aveus Anderson recovered a fumbled snap.
The Trojans were in the end zone four plays later, with Hakim Shahid’s 4-yard run giving them a 28-0 lead.
Kell (2-1) made adjustments on both sides of the ball, and it appeared as if the Longhorns were going to fight their way back into the game when they stopped Lassiter for the first time before driving into the end zone on a 49-yard touchdown pass from Matthew McGuigan to Brandan Langley.
But the Trojans struck for the fifth time when Printz threw over the middle to Police for a 39-yard touchdown.
“We had a lot of big plays,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said. “They played some man coverage early in the game, and we took advantage of that. That really got them out of man coverage.
“You’re not going to drive the ball against teams who play man coverage. They’re either going to make a stop or you’re going to make a big play.”
Just when it couldn’t get much worse for Kell, Langley and Julian Burris both left the game with injuries.
Langley said he hurt his calf and is expecting to be OK for next week, but Burris’ injury appeared to be more serious. He was seen on crutches after the game, with his right foot wrapped.
Cook said he was uncertain about the seriousness of his defensive stars’ injuries.
Lassiter capped the scoring early in the fourth quarter, when Patrick Levandoski intercepted a McGuigan pass, and Shahid scored his second touchdown of the game from 5 yards out.
“Lassiter is a very good football team,” Cook said. “We obviously didn’t play very well (Friday) and a lot of it is because they are such a good football team. We’ve got a lot of work to do to get this turned around and going back into the right direction.”
That chance to turn things around will come next week, when Kell plays the first of two Region 7AAAAA crossover games at Creekview.
Lassiter will begin its Region 5AAAAAA schedule with a trip to Cherokee.