The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

September 22, 2013

Greenville Christian School rallies to win homecoming game


Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE —   Greenville Christian School rallied from a 20-point deficit to claim a 72-64 six-man football homecoming victory over Heath Fulton on Saturday.

  Thanks to big plays from Fulton’s Carson Newman and Todd Treadway, the Falcons built a 40-20 lead early in the third quarter.

  But Will Martens, in his first game this season after recovering from an injury, led the Eagles on a comeback for their second victory of the season against two losses. Fulton suffered its first loss at 3-1.

  Fulton was ranked 79th in the’s state rankings while the Eagles were 177th.

Martens passed for six touchdowns and ran for two scores. He connected with Andy Henderson for touchdowns of 25, 26, 37 and 4 yards and also fired touchdowns of 8 yards to Michael Lutz and 14 yards to Luke Johnson. Martens also ran for scores of 3 and 5 yards.

  Morgan Henry, also back from an injury, scored on a 10-yard run for the Eagles and Joe Henderson returned a kickoff 40 yards for a touchdown.

  Pretei Lemo also converted six kicks for the Eagles.

  Newman scored on runs of 1 and 17 yards for the Falcons and caught touchdown passes of 8 and 44 yards from Max Mitchell.

  Treadway rushed for touchdowns of 17, 27 and 33 yards and also threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Hayden Leverett. Treadway also booted four conversion kicks.

  Mitchell fired to Brenner Newman for Fulton’s final touchdown with 2:03 remaining.

Fannindel 69,

Greenville Phoenix 18

  Fannindel upped its season football record to 4-0 for the first time since 1988 with a 69-18 six-man victory over the Greenville Phoenix Firebirds on Saturday at Firebird Field.

  Fannindel got two big scoring plays the first two times the Falcons touched the ball. After Fannindel’s Jarvis Wilburn intercepted a Phoenix pass, Fannindel running back Quincy Cuba dashed 30 yards for a touchdown.

  Fannindel’s defense then forced a punt that Andrew Miller returned 23 yards for another Falcon touchdown. Cody Lemay’s kick gave the Falcons a 15-0 lead with 6:59 still left in the first quarter.

  The two teams traded touchdowns for the next few minutes as Antwan Blakely dashed seven yards for a Phoenix touchdown, Wilburn passed 10 yards to Elijah Jones for a Fannindel touchdown, Marcus Thomas passed 27 yards to Blakely for a Phoenix touchdown and Cuba returned a Phoenix kickoff 36 yards for a score that made it 31-12 after Lemay’s kick.

Phoenix scored only once more with a 4-yard run by Blakely that was set up on a big pass play from Blakley to Thomas.

  Fannindel scored five more touchdowns to end the game at halftime via the 45-point mercy rule.

Stephen Lock scored on a 25-yard run. Wilburn passed four yards to Lemay for a score. Jones threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Chris Day. Jones ran 10 yards for a score and Wilburn threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Day.

  Lemay wound up converting on seven kicks and Cuba ran in for a conversion.

Boles 36,

Gateway 14

  DALLAS ­— The Boles Hornets stayed undefeated for the football season at 4-0 with a 36-14 victory over Dallas Gateway on Friday night.

  Joshua Monroe got the Hornets’ scoring started with a 2-yard run.

  Devan Harris followed with an 18-yard run for Boles and Ross Bostick ran in for the two-point conversion.

  Harris also ran nine yards for a touchdown, Monroe passed 28 yards to Cameron Walker for a score and Bostick ran in from five yards.

  Monroe also scored on a two-point conversion and Avery Christensen recorded a safety for the Boles defense.

  Boles put three rushers over the 100-yard mark for the games including Harris (16-116), Walker (14-115) and Monroe (16-103).

  Christensen also intercepted a pass for the Boles defense, which limited 0-4 Gateway to 118 total yards, including 86 rushing.

Lakehill 109,

Campell 93

  CAMPBELL — The Campbell Indians lost at home in a six-man football shootout to Dallas Lakehill, 109-93 Friday night.

  Jacob Camp and Mason Mothersell had several big scoring plays for the Indians (1-3), but Campbell was not able to keep up its scoring effort against Lakehill, which moves to 3-0 on the season.

  Camp tallied a 45-yard kickoff return and touchdown tosses of 44 and 16 yards.

Mothersell had a couple of touchdown grabs, including a 24-yarder off a tipped pass intended for teammate Dallas DeGarso. He also recorded scoring runs of 44 and 22 yards.

  Campbell had the game tied at 81-81 late in the fourth, but Lakehill was able to capitalize off a couple of onside kick recoveries to seal the win.

  Campbell’s junior varsity lost 35-6 to Garland Central Park. Antonio Garcia scored Campbell’s only touchdown on a 50-yard run.

Caddo Mills 20,

Community 14

  CADDO MILLS — The Caddo Mills Foxes celebrated homecoming with a hard-fought victory over the Community Braves in the renewal of the annual Highway 6 battle.

  The Foxes held onto a 20-14 win as the Braves were throwing into the end zone in the final minute of the game from the Fox 21-yard line.

  Senior Tabatha Moore was named the Caddo Mills homecoming queen during halftime.

  Playing on a wet field, neither team could move the ball very well in the first half. Community had 135 total yards in the first half while losing one fumble to go with one interception.

  Caddo Mills could only muster 100 yards of offense while losing two fumbles. The teams went to halftime tied 7-7.

  Fox quarterback Erik Richards broke loose on a 36-yard touchdown run in which he had several cuts evading Brave defenders with six seconds left in the first quarter. Andrew Taylor added the PAT to put the Foxes up 7-0.

  Community answered with a 17-yard kickoff return by Corey Rogers. Running back Collin Croft took over with four straight runs, the first for 51 yards to the Fox 17. Then two 80-yard runs to the one, where Croft busted in for the score. Jackson Kane was good for the PAT to tie it.

  Caddo Mills opened the second half with a 22-yard kickoff return by freshman Ttystan McGee to his own 43. Richards and running back David Chandler took turns carrying the pigskin for three first downs to the Braves’ 25-yard line.

  Richards then found Keaton Jones with a back shoulder pass at the goal line. 

Jones fell into the end zone for the touchdown with 8:08 to go in the third quarter. Taylor’s PAT gave the Foxes a 14-7 lead.

  Caddo Mills forced a punt and started another drive that Brave Connor Wiser put a halt to by intercepting a tipped pass midfield.

  The Braves then went on a 10-play drive for the tying score. Quarterback Jordan Graham had completions of eight yards to Tay Madkins, 14 yards to Cameron Wiser and 14 and 11 yards to Corey Rogers. The last pass carried to the 2-yard line, where Croft again scored. Kane added the PAT and the game was at 14-14.

Rains 48,

Edgewood 34

  EMORY — The Rains Wildcats defeated Edgewood 48-34 in the Wildcats’ Homecoming game Friday night in a game which saw both offenses eclipse 400 yards. Dakota Miller kick-started the offense for Rains (2-2) with a 46-yard touchdown run for the first score of the game.

  Miller then punched it in for a two-point conversion to give Rains an 8-0 lead over Edgewood (3-1).

  The two teams went back and forth after that, with Edgewood quarterback Jackson Tyner finding Tyler Germany twice for scores of 30 and 50 yards. Miller answered the 50 yarder with a 24-yard scamper into the end zone as Rains went up 18-14 heading into halftime.

  The Wildcats turned the tide after falling behind 27-26 midway through the third with 22 unanswered points, including a 39-yard run from Miller and a 34-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Ratliff to Adam Perez.

  Jose Mares took it 95 yards for a score on a kickoff return for Edgewood about midway through the fourth, but the Bulldogs were unable to rally all the way back.

  Rains racked up 462 yards of total offense, 328 yards rushing. Miller finished with 163 yards on 15 carries.

Lone Oak 48,

Paris Chisum 14

  PARIS — Lone Oak sophomore quarterback Jake Williams threw for 203 yards and four touchdowns and junior running back Devin Shaw rushed for 208 along with a pair of scores as the Buffaloes crushed the Chisum Mustangs, 48-14 Friday night at Mustang Stadium.

  The Buffaloes amassed 539 yards of total offense with 336 coming on the ground.

Lone Oak (3-1) took the opening drive with the help of the duo of Williams and Shaw jumped out on top, 6-0.

  Williams connected with Chawn Cooper for a 7-yard touchdown strike. It capped off 85-yard drive that took nine plays.

  Chisum (2-2) grabbed the lead late in the first period as went on a nine-play drive that was aided by a pass interference call. Nick Tisdell hooked up with Jared Matthews for a 2-yard scoring strike that made it 7-6.

  Lone Oak took advantage of an 84-yard kickoff return by Ryan Basye that gave the Buffs excellent field position.

  The Buffaloes converted on a clutch fourth-down play with Williams firing a 19-yard touchdown pass to Brett Loeffler.

Melissa 42,

Farmersville 20

  FARMERSVILLE — Melissa (3-1) jumped out to an early lead and never looked back on Friday in a 42-20 win over Farmersville (2-2).

  Melissa was up 21-6 at halftime and had 246 yards of total offense.

  Scoring the Farmers’ lone touchdown was Caleb Twyford on a 76-yard catch and run from Cole Anderson.

  The Cardinals tacked on an additional three touchdowns in the third.

  Farmersville countered in the fourth quarter on short runs from Darrin Pennington in a losing effort.

Anderson finished 8-of-23 for 147 yards and a touchdown with one interception. Pennington led Farmersville on the ground with 56 yards on 18 carries.

  The Farmers open the District 6-2A Division I season next Friday at home against Sunnyvale, which won last years contest.

Alba-Golden 22,

Celeste 6

  CELESTE — The Celeste Blue Devils gave up multiple turnovers in their 22-6 homecoming loss to Alba-Golden on Friday night in a non-district football game.

  The field conditions were soggy after a day and night of rain and that might have been a contributing factor to the five Blue Devils turnovers. 

  The first quarter was scoreless and the Blue Devils had just made a big defensive stop at their own 15-yard line when their first turnover occurred, a fumble that was recovered by the Panthers Lane Ditto at Celeste’s 45-yard line. The ensuing drive for the Panthers ended with a 1-yard touchdown by running back Dalton Wright. Wright also ran in for the two-point conversion.

  The Panthers then attempted an onside kick which was mishandled by the Blue Devils. A Panther player jumped on the loose ball and recovered for Alba-Golden. Celeste held defensively and went to the locker room at the half trailing 8–0.

  Celeste received the second half kickoff and was driving deep into the Panthers territory when the Blue Devils fumbled again and the Panthers recovered at their own 41-yard line. 

  The Panthers capitalized on the turnover and scored another touchdown and two-point conversion by running back Eddie Salinas.


Leonard 66,

Como-Pickton 0

  COMO — Solomon Titus rushed for 223 yards on just eight carries to lead the Leonard Tigers to a 66-0 victory over the Como-Pickton Eagles Friday night.

  Leonard opened the scoring with a 30-yard TD pass from Justin Bennett to Colson Coheley. Ty McKinney kicked his first of nine consecutive extra points on the night.

  The next three Leonard scores came on runs of 44, 50 and 76 yards by Titus.

The Tigers scored on a 50-yard pass completion from Bennett to Ryan Reid Nixon just before halftime as the Tigers led 42-0 at intermission 42-0.

  Nixon scored on a 30-yard run in the fourth period. McKinney finalized the scoring for the Tigers with a 42-yard field goal with 1:12 left in contest.

Ferris 28,

Quinlan Ford 0

  FERRIS — The Ferris Yellowjackets stayed undefeated with a 28-0 victory over the Quinlan Ford Panthers on Friday night.

  Quarterback Javaughn Thurman rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another as Ferris improved to 4-0 for the season.

  Ford suffered its first loss at 3-1.

  Thurman was 6-of-11 passing for 176 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown pass to Darius Rouwtt.   Thurman also connected with Cameron King on an 85-yard pass play that set up Thurman’s 3-yard touchdown run. Thurman, who rushed for 69 yards on nine carries, also ran in for a score from 16 yards.

Pleasant Grove 15,

Commerce 14

  TEXARKANA — The Commerce Tigers were edged out by the Pleasant Grove Hawks 15-14 in a game marked by a slew of turnovers by both teams in the second half.

  Commerce’s senior quarterback Sam Wells threw an uncharacteristic interception late in the fourth quarter that allowed Pleasant Grove run out the clock and take the one-point victory.

  The Hawks received the ball to start the game and orchestrated an 8-play, 73-yard drive capped with a 25 yard touchdown run by senior running back Kayin Cooks. The extra point was wide left to make the score 6-0 Pleasant Grove.

  The squads traded punts before Commerce junior receiver D’Lance Sharp took a quick out route 75 yards for a touchdown and Commerce took a 7-6 lead.

  Commerce defensive back Al Jackson nabbed his first of two interceptions on the Hawks’ following possession and the Tigers engineered a 7-play, 30-yard drive capped with a 1 yard touchdown run by Wells to make it 14-6 Commerce.

  Pleasant Grove answered with what would turn out to be a key drive as they took eight minutes off the clock in 14 plays and nailed a 25-yard field goal. Commerce ran the clock out after getting the ball and taking a 14-9 lead into the locker room at the half.

  A clean first half by both squads turned sloppy in the second half as Wells threw an interception on the first play of the second half.  Pleasant Grove answered by fumbling on their second play with junior C.J. Davis recovering for Commerce.