“I think if we can product some points it should be a good game,” said Lions coach Marvin Sedberry. “Our offense will have to score some points. I think it’s a good match.”
Wylie’s averaging 28.4 points and 321.6 yards per game, compared to 9.2 points and 181.2 yards per game for the Lions.
However, Wylie’s been giving up an average of 38.4 points, which is why the Pirates are 0-5 for the season. They’s also lost 21-14 to Mesquite Poteet, 34-33 to West Mesquite and 44-36 to Sachse.
“They throw the ball quite a bit,” said Sedberry. “Offensively, they can put points on the board.”
Wylie’s sophomore quarterback Carson Cook is 82-of-155 passing for 914 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Cook threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns in the Pirates’ loss last week. He was 27-of-52.
Kalen Winkler led the Pirate receivers with 12 catches for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Winkler’s caught 34 passes for the 410 yards and five touchdowns this season.
Leland Dotson is Wylie’s second-leading receiver with 23 catches for 186 yards and one TD. Dotson is also the team’s leading rusher with 185 yards and one score on 34 carries.
Greenville managed 248 total yards in last week’s game, including 226 rushing.
Quarterback Marquist Davis led the Lions last week with 100 yards on 19 carries and was 2-of-7 passing for 16 yards. Davis now has 315 yards rushing for the season and is 23-of-45 passing for 147 yards.
Sophomore Tavoris Anderson, who was promoted from the junior varsity, scored on two of his first four varsity carries for the Lions last week. Anderson rushed for touchdowns of 12 and 40 yards to finish with 76 yards on 10 carries.
Tyler Matthews also rushed for 46 yards on nine carries.
Michael Hernandez tops the Lions’ receivers with eight catches for 55 yards and Neftali Vargas has five catches for 21 yards.
This game at Wylie ISD Stadium should help the Lions feel more comfortable in their surroundings in their next game. They also play next week at Wylie ISD against Wylie East.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Greenville Lady Lions beat Royse City in district opener
The Greenville Lady Lions are in first place in District 13-4A after a 47-42 district opening win on Tuesday over the Royse City Lady Bulldogs at the Lions Den.
Jordan Sweat fired in 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Lady Lions, while LaQuesha Williams and Britney Smith each tallied 12 points. Smith hit two big buckets in the final minute after Royse City closed to within 43-40 with 1:08 remaining. Smith also had five steals.
Lone Oak quarterback earns top 7-2A honors
Lone Oak sophomore quarterback Jake Williams, who led the 7-4 Buffaloes to a playoff spot, earned newcomer of the year honors on the All-District 7-2A Division I football team.
Leonard downs Cooper to reach state semifinals
The Leonard Tigers continue to make school history.
The Tigers knocked off previously undefeated Cooper 28-20 in a Class 2A Division II quarterfinal game on a cold Monday at Royse City ISD Stadium to reach the state football semifinals for the first time.
Leonard, now 11-3 for the season, will face 14-0 Cisco in a semifinal game sometime on Saturday. The site and time have yet to be determined.
Caddo Mills-ex rushes for 140 yards
Nathan Jeffery closed out the football season on a big note for the Texas-El Paso Miners.
Jeffery, who is a 6-0, 200-pound junior from Caddo Mills, rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries during the Miners’ 48-17 loss in the season finale to Middle Tennessee last weekend in Murfreesboro. Jeffery scored on runs of 3 and 1 yard. His longest run went for 55 yards.
Leonard Tigers practice in Greenville
Freezing rain and bone-chilling temperatures didn’t stop the Leonard Tigers from practicing on Thursday afternoon for their Class 2A Division II state quarterfinal football playoff game.
The Tigers bused to Greenville and then worked out inside the Lions’ Roy Q. Traylor practice facility.
“We had a great workout for a short one,” said Leonard coach Shane Fletcher, whose Tigers practiced for about an hour.
The 10-3 Tigers are scheduled to play the 13-0 Cooper Bulldogs at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wylie ISD stadium. But because of inclement weather, that game could be changed to Monday, according to Fletcher.
Greenville Lions, Lady Lions win
After jumping out to a 14-0 lead with 3:30 left in the first quarter one might think the Greenville Lions might have an easy time Tuesday in the Lions Den against the Princeton Panthers.
Well, think again. The Lions had to hold on for a 60-57 victory as the Panthers missed three shots in the final 10 seconds.
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Greenville Lions miss cutoff number by 11 students
That’s how close the Greenville Lions are to dropping a level of classification in the University Interscholastic League’s new realignment and reclassification for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 athletic seasons. Greenville, which is currently a member of District 13-4A, will apparently stay with most of the state’s 4A teams as they change their conference numbers to 5A for the new realignment.
Manning, Tuck lead Giants over Redskins 24-17
Eli Manning and Robert Griffin III put on quite the show in the first half.
Leonard Tigers beat undefeated S&S for regional title
The Leonard Tigers made school history on Saturday with a 55-44 Class 2A Division II regional football playoff victory over S&S Consolidated.
The 10-3 Tigers avenged a 19-16 loss to S&S a couple of weeks ago and advanced to the fourth round of the playoffs for the first time, where they’ll face 13-0 Cooper at 2 p.m. Saturday in Wylie.
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