A 99-yard touchdown pass helped the Denison Yellow Jackets pull away from the Greenville Lions for a 64-14 football victory on Friday night.
The 6-3 Yellow Jackets secured a playoff berth with the victory and stayed in front in the District 13-4A race at 5-1.
Greenville dropped its home finale at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium to remain winless for the season (0-9) and in district (0-6). The Lions, who’ve now lost 39 straight games, will close out the season on Friday at Sherman.
Greenville was trying to dent a 21-0 deficit with less than five minutes left in the second quarter, driving from its 40 to the Denison 8-yard line. But a Greenville running back lost a fumble while fighting for extra yards around the goal line. Denison’s Yefri Chavez recovered the fumble inside the Yellow Jacket 1-yard line.
On the very next play, Denison quarterback Devon Blanton lofted a pass to Jaleel Dade, who outraced the Lions down the right sideline for the 99-yard touchdown. Denison running back Colton Henslee then scored on the swinging gate play for a two-point conversion. Thus, instead of the Lions trimming the lead to 21-7 they found themselves down 29-0.
Greenville responded with a 59-yard, five-play drive led by quarterback Matthew Riskey. Running back Tyler Matthews bolted for gains of 19, 8 and 20 yards on the drive before Riskey fired a 10-yard touchdown pass to De’Marcus Bridges with 1:03 left before halftime. Theodore Hughes converted.
Denison then scored two more touchdowns in the final 53 seconds to go up 43-7 at the half. Khalil Brown’s 32-yard run set up a 12-yard touchdown pass from Blanton to Steven Wagoner with 19 seconds left before halftime.
The Lions muffed the enusing kickoff. Denison’s Yavel Hernandez recovered the Greenville fumble at the Lion 26. Blanton fired a 26-yard touchdown pass to Dade with two seconds left before halftime.
Denison finished with 586 total yards, including 359 rushing. Brown led the Yellow Jackets with 158 yards on 20 carries and Henslee added 108 on eight rushes.
Greenville wound up with 294 yards, including 190 on the ground. Matthews finished with 132 yards on 24 carries for the Lions, upping his season total to 773 on 162 carries. It was his fourth 100-plus rushing game of the season.
Dallas Tyler Street 52,
DALLAS — Greenville Christian School dropped its six-man football game to Dallas Tyler Street on Saturday, 52-8.
Will Martens threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Michael Lutz for the Eagles’ only touchdown. Pretei Lemo converted.
“We missed too many tackles, dropped too many passes and didn’t block very well,” said GCS coach David Wombaker. “We gave Tyler Street a short field to work with all afternoon. We had very few bright moments.”
Lutz sparked the defense with an interception.
GCS dropped to 4-5 for the season and 1-3 in district play. Tyler Street improved to 5-4 and 2-2.
The Eagles will hit the road for the third straight game, playing on Friday night at Watauga Harvest.
CAMPBELL — The Campbell Indians moved one step closer to the playoffs with a 72-64 win against Fruitvale on Friday night.
Campbell (4-5, 2-1) led the entire game until Fruitvale scored to knot it all up with 17 seconds left.
On the ensuing onside kick, Dallas DeGarso recovered and took it the distance to cap off the win for Campbell.
Jacob Camp recorded four touchdown tosses, including a 63-yarder to Chris Wilson, and also had a 20-yard touchdown run.
Kicker Antonio Garcia was instrumental for the Indians, nailing all nine of his extra point attempts to add 18 of Campbell’s 72 total points.
Campbell can secure a playoff spot with a win next week against Leverett’s Chapel.
Tom Bean 19
TOM BEAN — Solomon Titus rushed for 181 yards on 15 carries with 144 coming in the first half to lead the Leonard Tigers to a 52-19 victory over Tom Bean on Friday night.
Leonard opened the scoring on a Titus 26-yard touchdown run. Titus picked up 42 yards of the 52-yard drive. He also ran for the two-point conversion to give Leonard an early 8-0 lead.
Tom Bean’s Devan Jackson returned the following kickoff 86 yards for a score. Ryan Reid Nixon blocked the extra point.
The Tigers’ next score was on a Nixon-to-Mason Sargent 2-yard pass. The run for two failed, but Leonard led 14-6 with 4:39 left in the first period.
The Tomcats’ Daniel Jackson broke on a 71-yard sprint to the end zone. Lucus Bornstien kicked the extra point, leaving the score 14-13.
Ty McKinney had an 18-yard reception down to the Cats’ 30-yard line. Three plays later Justin Bennett sprinted in from 7 yards out to extend the Tigers lead to 21-13. McKinney kicked his first of four extra points.
Leonard drove 53 yards on the next series keyed by Titus’ two runs. Nixon capped the drive with a 14-yard carry to the end zone.
Five minutes later Bennett sailed a 48-yard aerial with McKinney on the receiving end for a Tigers touchdown.
Nixon again struck pay dirt with a 12-yard touchdown run, completing a 60-yard drive with McKinney’s extra point as Leonard went into halftime with a 42-13 lead.
Wolfe City 25
WOLFE CITY — Devan Harris rushed for a game-high 285 yards and four touchdowns as Quinlan Boles Hornets held off the Wolfe City Wolves, 29-25, to clinch a playoff berth Friday night at Howard Stadium.
Boles can clinch the top seed in District 8-A Division I with a win at home against winless Honey Grove next week. However, Wolfe City needs James Bowie to defeat Celeste to get in and the Wolves will have the week off.
Wolfe City (5-5, 2-2) carried a 19-15 lead going into the final quarter, but Boles erupted with a stellar performance.
Boles (8-1, 2-1) converted a interception into a six-play drive that led to Harris touchdown run of nine yards and a successful two-point try gave the Hornets the lead for good at 22-19,
After a Wolfe City 2-yard punt, Boles cashed in again on an incredible Harris’ touchdown run of 42 yards that gave the Hornets a 10-point cushion with more than 10 minutes left.
The Wolves threatened to cut into the lead, but one drive stalled out at the 38 and another ended at with an interception near the goal line.
Hunter Bostick gave Wolfe City some hope with a 60-yard punt return with 2:19 remaining.
FARMERSVILLE — Farmersville jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 42-14 win over Commerce on Senior Night.
The Farmers improved to 6-3 and wrapped up second-place in District 6-2A Division I with a 4-1 mark. The Tigers dropped to 1-8 and 0-5 in district play.
Farmersville was up 28-0 at halftime after scoring 14 points in the first and second quarters.
Darrin Pennington scored on runs of 1, 26 and 48 yards, and Andrew Simons went in from a yard out.
The Farmers had 259 total yards, 237 yards rushing and 32 yards passing on nine first downs. Commerce had only 61 yards on five first down conversions.
Farmersville scored once in the third on a Cole Anderson run and prior to that Commerce’s Bran Kelley returned the Farmers’ lone punt 66 yards for the touchdown.
Both teams traded scores in the fourth quarter.
Finding the end zone for Farmersville was Simons on a 14-yard run and Commerce’s Kelley went in from short distance.
Farmersville finished the game with 428 total yards on 15 first downs.
Top gainers were Simons (136 yards), Pennington (165) and Anderson (133).
After being called up from junior varsity for the stretch run Chase Hacker had 13 yards, Keishaun Harris totaled four and Lucas Hernandez chipped in nine.
Commerce was held to 168 yards on 11 first downs. There longest gain of the night was provided by the special teams on a 66-yark kickoff return that went for a touchdown.
Kelley finished with 62 yards and Tyran Wilson totaled 54 yards.
EMORY — The Rains Wildcats dropped their second game in District 14-3A against the Crandall Pirates 44-20 on Friday night.
Rains (4-5, 1-2) scored the first touchdown of the game in the second quarter on a 14-yard pass from Ryan Ratliff to Dakota Miller to put the Wildcats up 7-3.
But Rains would not score again until the final quarter as Crandall (3-5, 1-2) ripped off 27 unanswered points, including a 48-yard touchdown scamper by Nathaniel Banks, and a 37-yard score by Michael Gati on a blocked punt early in the third quarter.
Ratliff ended the scoring drought for the Wildcats on a 1-yard keeper to start the fourth quarter, but a 1-yard touchdown run by Banks and a 47-yard fumble return for a score by Jon Rychlik would deepen the hole for Rains, 44-14.
Ratliff added one last score for Rains with a 9-yard toss to Justin Callahan to somewhat soften the ugly loss for the Wildcats.
Rains managed just 236 yards total offense to Crandall’s 362. Ratliff finished 4-of-8 for 41 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Jesse Hudson led the Wildcats on the ground with 109 yards on 15 carries.
Lone Oak 59,
Grand Saline 12
GRAND SALINE — Jake Williams threw for 203 yards and six touchdowns as the Lone Oak clinched a playoff spot with a 59-12 win on Friday over the Grand Saline Indians.
Williams was 10-of-12 passing including touchdowns of 21, 8 and 60 yards to Ryan Bayse, 6 yards to Chawn Cooper and 20 and 37 yards to Brent Loeffler.
Running back Devin Shaw also rushed for 175 yards on 12 carries for the Buffaloes, including a 21-yard run for Lone Oak’s first touchdown in the first quarter.
Shaw also returned an interception 35 yards for a score.
Trent Sikes also returned a punt 55 yards for a score.
Cody Hardin booted five conversions for the Buffaloes, who improved to 7-2 for the season and 4-1 in District 7-2A play.
Grand Saline, which remained winless at 0-9, got a 8-yard touchdown run from Lane Davis that was set up on a 54-yard pass from Jonathan LaPrade to Brant Thayer.
Thayer ran 9 yards for another Grand Saline touchdown set up by Cody Neal’s interception.
Lucas Lovejoy 44,
Royse City 9
LUCAS, Texas — The Royse City Bulldogs dropped their final road game of the football season versus Lucas Lovejoy 44-9 on Friday night.
Royse City (1-8, 1-5) and Lovejoy (6-3, 4-2) went back and forth throughout the early minutes of the first quarter, with the Bulldogs drawing first blood on a 3-yard touchdown run by Jackson Watts.
Royse City scored its final points of the game off a 35-yard field goal by Blaine Hickman, which put the Bulldogs up 9-6 near the end of the first quarter.
Lovejoy took advantage of a Royse City turnover midway through the second quarter as Dan Sefcik put it in from a yard out, and a Lovejoy field goal before the half had the Bulldogs down 24-9 going into intermission.
Royse City suffered yet another turnover late in the third quarter with a fumble on a kickoff return, and Lovejoy once again took advantage with a 36-yard strike from Dakota Michaels to Cochy Luce to put the Leopards ahead 34-9 heading into the final quarter.
Lovejoy capped off an 80-yard scoring drive on a 13-yard pass from Michaels to Luce, and a 32-yard field goal by Mick Ellis all but sealed the win for the Leopards.