Langley, a senior who has committed to South Carolina, scored on Kell’s third play from scrimmage on a 22-yard touchdown run to give the Longhorns a lead it would not relinquish in a decisive 34-7 victory over Osborne.
Langley’s first-half performance had plenty of highlights, including an even more impressive 29-yard touchdown reception on a bubble screen in the second quarter to give the Longhorns (6-1, 2-0 in Region 7AAAAA(B)) a
27-0 advantage heading into the break.
Langley finished with three receptions for 63 yards, two touchdowns, the 22-yard touchdown run and had an impressive 34-yard punt return with just under 10 minutes to play in the second quarter.
“Obviously he’s in an elite group of athletes,” Kell coach Derek Cook said. “Anytime he steps foot on the field, which is why he was so highly recruited by so many SEC teams, he’s a dynamic player who can make a play when there doesn’t seem to be one there.”
His first touchdown grab came on a fade pass from quarterback Matthew McGuigan at the 8-minute mark.
The Longhorns were not just a one man show as different backs carried the ball for Kell in the contest, with the most impressive performance coming from Khalil Bell, who finished the game with 13 carries for 89 yards and two touchdowns.
“We didn’t have that kind of depth a couple of weeks back,” Cook said. “We had one or two guys last game, so it was nice to have these guys back. Hopefully, we can maintain that as we move
Osborne (1-6, 0-2) struggled to make it into Longhorns territory during the contest. While head coach Xarvia Smith maintained the offense was efficient, he said penalties hindered the attack.
“When you’re losing, they’re always untimely,” Smith said about the penalties.“I thought we moved the ball and had some chances but failed to finish drives. I think that’s been our problem all year.”
Running back Robert Cooks was a bright spot for the Cardinals. Cooks carried the ball 23 times for 76 yards while showcasing strength and quickness.
Osborne also found some light in a fumble return for a touchdown and an interception in the second-half, but overall the Cardinals were overwhelmed by Kell’s versatility and depth.
“They’re a good football team. They’re better than us,” Smith said. “I thought our kids played as best as they could.”
With the win, the Longhorns remain on top of the subregion standings, but Cook insists there’s still a way to go.
“Right now I think we are pretty focused on the goal at hand, which is to be a region champion,” Cook said. “It won’t be easy. Sprayberry is a solid team, as is Pope. They’re backyard rivals for us, so it will be a war to get there.”