The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

September 2, 2013

GCS, Phoenix open season with big victories


Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE —   Greenville Christian School captured its six-man football opener at home on Saturday, 68-22 over a new program.

  Central Park Christian Academy of Garland was a late addition to the GCS schedule after Eagle coach David Wombaker found out a week ago that Arlington High Point, the team originally scheduled, had changed opponents.

  GCS racked up 399 total yards, including 351 yards rushing, and ended the game early in the third quarter via the 45-point mercy rule.

  “It’s a good win,” said Wombaker. “We didn’t have any serious injuries. We’ve got some sore kids that are wore out.”

  Temperatures that reached 104 degrees took their toll on players for both teams, leaving Central Park with only five players on the field for the game’s final play: a 28-yard touchdown pass from Tristan Wooten to Michael Lutz.

  GCS scored on its first play from scrimmage, a 38-yard touchdown run by Morgan Henry. Henry finished with 148 yards on nine carries, also scoring on runs of 29, 21, 2 and 27 yards.

Joe Henderson dashed for another 166 yards on seven carries for GCS, scoring on bursts of 8, 69 and 35 yards.

Fannindel 68,

Rockwall Heritage 19

  LADONIA — Fannindel successfully opened its six-man football season on Friday night at Bishop Field with a 68-19 pasting of perennial power Rockwall Heritage.

  “It was a combination of their youth and our speed,” said Gabe Lane, who debuted as the Falcons’ head coach. “They couldn’t stop us.”

  Fannindel senior Quincy Cuba rushed for 154 yards on 11 carries, running for one touchdown, and also caught two passes for eight yards and one TD.

Stephen Lock ran three times for 73 yards and three TDs and caught a touchdown pass.

  E.J. Jones rushed for 27 yards and one score on four carries for the Falcons.

Akeyl Caesar ran for another 27 yards and a TD on four carries.

  Chris Day caught five passes for 115 yards and one touchdown.

  Quarterback Jarvis Wilburn was 14-of-16 for 153 yards and four TDs as the Falcons ended the game at halftime via the 45-point mercy rule.

  Defensive leaders, according to Lane, included Wilburn, Andrew Miller, Robert Erwin, E.J. Jones and Lock.

Boles 59,

FW Lake Country 0

  FORT WORTH — The Boles Hornets captured their season football opener under new head coach Brad Peirson on Friday, blanking Fort Worth Lake Country Christian, 59-0.

Hornet running back Devan Harris rushed for more than 300 yards and five touchdowns, scoring on bursts of 25, 36, 45, 65 and 50 yards.

  Jayce Gibson also ran for 15 yards and Johnathan Lira raced 45 yards for another Boles touchdown.

  Josh Monroe also passed for a 15-yard touchdown pass to Ross Bostick.

  Harris booted three extra points and also passed to Bailey Isom and Avery Christensen for two-point conversions.

Greenville Phoenix 78,

Athens Christian 40

  TRINIDAD — Greenville Phoenix made Rich Gant a winner in his return as head coach with a 78-40 six-man football victory over Athens Christian Prep on Saturday.

  Marcus Thomas had a big game for the Firebirds, scoring on runs of 74, 24, 8, 35 and 43 yards and also scored on passes of 43 and 60 yards from Antwan Blakely. Thomas also recorded six tackles on defense and recovered two fumbles.

  Blakely rushed for a 6-yard touchdown and threw for two more scores of 10 and 27 yards to receivers   Alfred Osornio and Tyler Killian. Killian booted five conversion kicks. Blakely recorded seven  tackles on defense, plus had a sack and a fumble recovery.

Anthony Carrillo ran for a 2-yard touchdown and Jack Arsenio ran for a 3-yarder.

  Gant previously coached at Phoenix from 2006-9.

Community 34,

Leonard 29

  LEONARD — In a game that ended with incomplete pass in the end zone, the Community Braves defeated the Leonard Tigers 34-29 on Friday.

  Solomon Titus returned the opening kickoff 90 yards to give Leonard its first score. Dylan Monck ran for the two-point conversion to give the Tigers an 8-0 lead.

Leonard next traveled 60 yards for a score. Ryan Reid Nixon ran the ball 40 yards before Monck scored on a 2-yard run. Ty McKinney kicked the point-after to make the score 15-0 with 7:10 remaining in the first quarter.

  The Braves drove to the Tigers’ 20, but were stopped by Cash Wilkins, who llater eft the game with knee injury.

  The Braves’ Jordan Graham connected with Tay Madkins on a 12-yard pass for a score, but the point-after failed.

  Leonard’s Juan Martinez returned a Brave fumble for a score.  McKinney split the uprights to give Leonard a 22-6 lead.

  The third quarter belonged to the Braves as they hit paydirt three times.

Graham sailed a 57-yard scoring strike to Collin Croft and Reno Deutsch completed a two point conversion to bring the score 22-14.

  The Braves’ next two scores came when Collin Croft ran 16 yards to the end zone, followed by a Reno Deutsch run from three yards. The Braves led 28-22 at the end of the third period.

Wolfe City 42,

Bells 6

  WOLFE CITY – The Wolfe City Wolves overcame sloppy first half filled with numerous penalties and several turnovers to explode for 28 third quarter points as they crushed the Bells Panthers, 42-6, Friday night at Howard Stadium.

  “We didn’t play well in the first half because the kids were nervous; we did much better in the second half,” Wolfe City head coach Travis Smith said. “We will get better.”

Wolfe City (1-0) reached pay dirt on its first four possessions of the second half. Bells was held to six yards of total offense in the first 12 minutes of the second half, while Wolfe City accumulated 196 yards.

  Wolfe City amassed 405 yards of total offense with the majority coming on the ground while overcoming 11 infractions for 120 yards.  

  The Wolves entertain the Tomcats of Tom Bean at home next week for 7:30 p.m. tilt.

Cooper 42,

Farmersville 7

  COOPER — Cooper showed Farmersville why the Bulldogs are ranked in the Top 10 in Class 2A Div. II on Friday at Bulldog Stadium.

  The Bulldogs rode the running game to a 42-7 win in both teams’ season openers.

  Cooper (1-0) scored on its first three possessions of the game on a 90-yard kick off return from Darmarcus Robinson and runs from Tanner Phifer and Kasey Leatherwood of two and 22 yards.

  They tacked on another touchdown early in the second on a 45-yard reception by Robinson from Leatherwood.

  Farmersville (0-1) drove the ball down to Cooper’s five, but the drive stalled when Andrew Simons was stopped as time ran out in the first half.

  Farmersville scored its lone touchdown of the game at the 10-minute mark of the third quarter.

  Jaelon Clark broke free for a 35-yard touchdown catch from Cole Anderson. Erik Patino added the point after.

  Cooper countered on the following drive on a 24-yard run from Mims.

  The Bulldogs closed things out with a Ira Franklin 36-yard scoring scamper.

Tom Bean 40,

Celeste 20

  TOM BEAN — Tom Bean scored on its first three possessions to set the tone for the season opener for both teams here Friday night. Seeking to avenge last year’s season-opening loss to the Blue Devils, the Tomcats ran wild in a 40-20 non-district football victory.

  Celeste answered the 2A Tomcats first score with a 9-play, 56-yard scoring drive of their own, capped by a 2-yard run through the middle by junior running back Traylon Phillips. Nathan Butcher kicked the extra-point to the game at 7-7 with 423 left in the first quarter.

  Tom Bean’s sophomore running back Daniel Jackson raced 52 yards through the middle of the Blue Devils defense on the next Tom Bean possession to give the Tomcats a 13-7 lead with 2:04 left in the opening period. Jackson finished the night with 146 yards on 14 carries and touchdown runs of 52, 2, and 18 yards. He also grabbed a 4-yard scoring toss from junior quarterback Hunter Book.

  Celeste cut the lead to 20-14 when junior quarterback Marco Santos tossed to Tim Herman, who raced 40 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. The kick was good and with 1:07 left in the half.

  However, the Tomcats’ sophomore Colton Blomstedt took the ensuing kickoff 73 yards for another Tom Bean touchdown, putting the Tomcats up 26-14 at the half.

  Celeste again got back within six points when Santos threw a 10-yard touchdown strike to Cody Evans. The PAT was wide right but with 7:59 left in the third quarter Celeste had cut the lead to 26-20.

  The Tomcats’ Jackson scored twice more to close out the scoring, 40-20.

Commerce 42,

North Lamar 25

  PARIS — Taking full control late in the game, the Commerce Tigers opened their season Friday with a road win over the North Lamar Panthers, 42-25.

  The Tigers were first to score, taking the opening drive 63 yards on seven plays capped with an 11-yard touchdown run by junior running back Tavoris Anderson to make the score 7-0 after the extra point with 8:11 left in the first. After trading punts, North Lamar’s junior back Keitron Reed answered with a 10-yard scoring run, bringing the score to 7-7 after the extra point with minutes left in the first   quarter.

  It took Commerce just one play to take the lead again as Anderson scampered 48 yards for another score, making it 14-7 Commerce. An exciting first half continued on the Panthers’ ensuing possession as senior quarterback Jacob Cowling capped a 10-play, 58-yard drive with a 1-yard run, and after a Commerce punt, took a middle sneak 71 yards for a score. Failed extra points made the halftime score 19-14 North Lamar.

  The Panthers were forced to punt on the first possession of the second half and Commerce seized the lead again after a 64-yard scoring run from Anderson. The score was 21-19 after the extra point.

  North Lamar loaded its power-run offense on the ensuing drive, taking more than six minutes off the clock with a 13-play, 76-yard scoring drive capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by Reed.  The 2-point try failed making it 25-21 North Lamar with 2:44 left in the third.

  The Tigers took full control in the fourth quarter with an 8-yard scoring run from senior back Tyron Wilson, a 90-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by junior DeMarcus Denson and an 18-yard scoring run from senior suarterback Sam Wells.

Krum 28,

Caddo Mills 25

  KRUM — Caddo Mills dropped a 28-25 heartbreaker to the Krum Bobcats at Bobcat Stadium on Friday night.

  In a game full of big plays by both team, the Foxes could not pull out the win after their drive ended at the Krum 15-yard line with 1:34 left in the game.

  The teams started by trading punts twice before Krum put together a nine-play drive that stalled when Fox defender Daxx Hill intercepted a fourth down pass in the end zone to set the Foxes up at their own 20. Fox quarterback Erik Richards then led Caddo Mills on a 12-play drive for the first score. The big play of the drive was a 37-yard cutback run by Hill to the Krum 18. Three more Hill runs had the Foxes at the 1-yard line where Richards followed the center of the Fox line into the end zone. Hill added the PAT for a 7-0 Caddo Mills lead with 7:23 to go in the second quarter.

  Caddo Mills forced another Krum punt at midfield where Fox linebacker Dan Willner blocked the punt to give the Foxes the ball at the Krum 31.  However, the Krum defense stiffened and Caddo Mills stalled at the Krum 20.

  The Bobcats then went on a nine-play touchdown drive that ended with a 21-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Colten Graham to Krum’s main man, Brennan Ellis, for the score. Miguel Licea added the PAT to tie the game at 7-7 with 1:01 in the half.

  The Foxes’ Keaton Jones returned the kickoff for 55 yards to set Caddo Mills up at the Krum 17-yard line. Two runs by Richards got a first and goal at the one. Richards again followed the center of the Fox line for the touchdown with 19 seconds left in the half. The PAT by Johnathan Gillispie failed and Caddo Mills went into the locker room up 13-7.

  Caddo Mills opened up the second half with another scoring drive behind the play of Richards, who again scored from the 1-yard line to give the Foxes a 19-7 lead.

  Richards ran for 116 yards on 31 carries for three touchdowns. He was 9-of-15  passing for 98 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Quinlan Ford 28,

Troup 21

  BULLARD — Quinlan Ford’s second-half touchdowns toppled Troup at Bullard Friday night to give the Panthers the season-opening win, 28-21.

  It was the second quarter when the Panthers matched the Troup Tigers’ two first-quarter touchdowns.  Markus Laurent caught quarterback Bryce Evilsizer’s 74-yard pass to score, and Manny Enriquez ran for seven yards for a touchdown.

  Evilsizer was 4-for-8 passing with 105 yards, and the two touchdowns.

He connected with Weston McCluskey near the end of the third quarter for a 19-yard touchdown pass.

  The Panthers rushed for a team total of 204 yards. Of those, Jon Humphries carried 18 times for 96 yards and he scored on a 7-yard run in the fourth quarter. This overtook the fourth-quarter touchdown by Troup.

  Evilsizer carried six times for 64 yards.

Mount Vernon 28,

Rains 22

  MOUNT VERNON — In spite of limiting Mount Vernon to no points in the second half, the Rains Wildcats’ three second-half red zone efforts ended with one touchdown, and Rains lost to Mount Vernon 28-22 Friday night on the road.

  Mount Vernon scored first in the first quarter, when Rosendo Flores pulled in a 50-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Sam Alston.

  Rains answered when senior Grant Russell ran a kickoff 85 yards for a score, and senior quarterback Ryan Ratliff contributed the point after.

  Wildcat Jesse Hudson put Rains ahead 15-7 near the end of the first quarter, when he ran it in for 3-yard touchdown run, and a two-point conversion.

  But, it was Mount Vernon in the rest of the first half, with Alston connecting with Kris Ables twice on scoring passes of 89 yards and 66 yards.

  The score stood 28-15 at the half.

  Rains then covered 53 yards in 17 plays on its opening possession of the second half. Ratliff capped the drive with a 1-yard plunge to paydirt. The kick was good, making the score Mount Vernon 28, Rains 22.

  Rains limited Mount Vernon to only one second-half scoring threat, which was ended by Wildcat   Armando Cortez picking up a Tiger fumble at the Rains 10-yard line.

Scurry-Rosser 50,

Lone Oak 25

  LONE OAK — The Scurry-Rosser Wildcats won 50-25 over the Lone Oak Buffaloes at Buffalo Stadium Friday in the football opener for both teams.

  The visitors from Scurry-Rosser wasted little time, going on a nine-play scoring drive on the opening possession that was capped off when quarterback Paten Snell threw two yards to Zack Chapman. Scurry-Rosser led 6-0 with 9:16 to go in the first quarter.

  Jake Williams threw for completions of 27 yards and nine yards to receivers Trent Sikes and Brett Loeffler on Lone Oak’s first possession but the drive stalled and Scurry-Rosser mounted a drive its 30 to the Lone Oak 35. Coleton Lasseter stopped the Scurry-Rosser with a fumble recovery for Lone Oak.

  However, Lone Oak could not get anything going on offense and had to punt the football back to the Wildcats. The Wildcats then drove in to score on a 31-yard pass from Snell to Jalen Blanton with 2:19 left.

  Lone Oak would strike big on its third possession as Williams connected a 91-yard touchdown pass to Loeffler with 1:07 left in the first quarter, drawing the Buffaloes to within 12-6.

  Scurry-Rosser drove to the Lone Oak 28 but Lasseter stopped the threat with an interception.

Lone Oak threatened on its next possession with an 18-yard run by Devin Shaw and a Williams completion to Chawn Cooper but again the drive stalled.

  Scurry-Rosser, behind Rodney Sample’s running and Snell’s passing, then marched 67 yards to score on a 14-yard pass from Snell to Blanton.

  The visitors were not through in the second quarter as Snell hit Blanton for the third touchdown of the evening, this time a 76-yarder to make it 26-6 with 4:08 left before halftime. Snell was 22-of-32 passing for 304 yards and five touchdowns.

  Lone Oak would struck paydirt in the fourth quarter on a 58-yard toss from Williams to Loeffler with 11:51 left.

  Rodney Sample responded for Scurry-Rosser with a 79-yard touchdown run followed by a conversion pass from Snell to Blanton.

  Sikes then returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown with 11:17 left in the game. Cody Hardin’s kick made it 34-19.

  Snell rushed six yards for a touchdown and also threw to Blanton for a 31-yard touchdown.

River Tolleson rushed six yards for a Lone Oak score but Edward Green returned the blocked kick for two points for the Wildcats.

Forney 21,

Royse City 12

  ROYSE CITY — Turnovers and a few missed opportunities gave the Royse City Bulldogs a 21-12 loss to Forney in their season opener.

  Statistically, the Bulldogs overwhelmed the Jackrabbits, but three turnovers and a blocked field goal gave the Jackrabbits the opportunity they need to steal a win from this new-and-improved Royse City squad.

  Nerves may have been the cause of the Bulldogs’ first miscue when they fumbled on their first drive of the season after clicking off 45 yards with precision.

  But the Bulldogs regained composure and drove 80 yards in front of an enthusiastic hometown crowd.  A 25-yard touchdown pass to junior Chance Selby capped off the seven play scoring drive. The extra point was blocked, but the Bulldogs opened the season with a 6-0 lead with 5:09 to play in the first quarter.

  The Bulldogs then began the second quarter with a 12 play, 90-yard drive that led to a two-yard touchdown run by Jared Loftis. The two point conversion failed, but it looked like the Bulldogs were well on their way to an opening week win.

  Forney got on track with a 63-yard scoring drive as A.J. Atnip scored on a 16-yard run. After the PAT, Royse City clung to a 12-7 lead.

  On the next Forney drive, Luke Skipper connected with David Burnett on a 63-yard reverse pass for a touchdown to take a 14-12 lead with a little more than five minutes remaining in the second quarter.

  The wheels came off momentarily in the third quarter for Royse City as they were intercepted by Forney’s Daniel Jones at the Jackrabbit 11-yard line.

  The Bulldogs coughed up the ball again on their own 26-yard line in the third quarter and then had a field goal blocked at the seven-yard line to stop any serious challenge to the Forney lead.

  Forney added seven unanswered points in the third quarter as quarterback Jake Guercia scored on a 16-yard run to give Forney a 21-12 lead they would not relinquish.