FROM STAFF REPORTS
Wylie East freshman running back Eno Benjamin rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries to help the Raiders to a 48-6 District 13-4A football victory over the Greenville Lions on Friday night at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium.
Benjamin, who was recently promoted from the freshman team, ran for scores of 84 and two yards as the 4-3 Raiders moved up into a tie for first place following Lucas Lovejoy’s 56-42 win over Denison. Wylie East, Denison and now Wylie, a 38-24 winner over McKinney North, are tied for first place in 13-4A with 3-1 records.
Greenville, which suffered its 37th straight loss, is now 0-7 overall and 0-4 in district play to trail the 13-4A field.
Benjamin helped Wylie East build a 28-0 halftime lead, rushing for 148 yards on just seven carries.
Greenville took advantage of a 10-yard Wylie East punt to score in two plays from the Wylie East 29. After a roughing-the-passing penalty gave the Lions a first down on the Wylie East 15, Matthew Riskey ran in on the next play for the touchdown on a quarterback draw. Wylie East blocked Theodore Hughes’ extra point try.
Tyler Matthews led the Lion rushers with 61 yards on 19 carries, while Bayelei Doty added 37 yards on eight runs.
Aubrey White added 101 yards on 20 carries to Wylie East’s rushing total and Garrett McCain was 6-of-12 passing for 104 yards.
Dallas Covenant 60,
Dallas Covenant showed Greenville Christian School why the Knights are the No. 5 ranked six-man football team in the state with a 60-8 victory on Saturday at Eagle Field.
The Knights, who’ve earned the lofting ranking on sixmanfootball.com, ran for 276 yards and threw for 145 in 20 minutes of play as they improved their season record to 6-1. Covenant’s only loss was 78-58 to Throckmorton, the state’s No. 1 ranked team.
GCS dropped to 4-3 for the season and 1-1 in Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools’ District 2 play. The Eagles finished with 129 total yards, including just 31 yards rushing.
“They’re good,” said GCS coach David Wombaker. “They’re the real deal. They’re 12 deep. They’re hungry for it. We didn’t block. We didn’t tackle. That’s football 101. They were very aggressive. We didn’t match their intensity. They didn’t do anything we haven’t prepared for.”
The visiting Knights scored on nine of their 10 possessions to end the game at halftime via the 45-point mercy rule.
Andy Henderson got behind the Covenant defense to gather in a 62-yard touchdown pass from Will Martens for the Eagles’ only touchdown in the second quarter. Pretei Lemo booted the conversion kick.
Martens finished 8-of-18 passing for 98 yards but was limited to only nine yards rushing on seven carries.
J oe Henderson led the GCS rushers with 21 yards on five carries and Morgan Henry finished with 15 yards on five rushes before leaving the game with an injury.
Fort Worth THESA 46,
Greenville Phoenix 0
Fort Worth THESA blanked the Greenville Phoenix Firebirds, 46-0 in six-man football on Saturday at Firebird Field.
THESA, which stands for Texas Home School Educators’ Sports Association, controlled the tempo as the Riders improved to 5-3 for the season.
Phoenix dropped to 4-4.
THESA’s defense stopped a couple of Firebird threats with two interceptions by Shane Breeden and one by Sam Bradford.
Antwan Blakely also put the Firebirds in position to score with a long kickoff return but it was called back by a penalty.
Blakely wound up leading Phoenix with 42 yards rushing on 13 carries.
Tyler Killian was next for Phoenix with 39 yards on six rushes.
Quinlan Ford 7
KAUFMAN — Quinlan Ford struggled to move the ball on offense in its 32-7 loss on the road against Kaufman (5-3, 2-0) on Friday night.
The Panthers (5-3, 1-1) got on the board for the first time in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Daulten Beierschmitt. That would end up being the team’s only score of the night.
Beierschmitt led Ford in rushing with 86 yards on 21 carries and the lone touchdown, while Jon Humphries totaled 71 yards on 16 carries. Ford also tallied two interceptions on its three total passing attempts.
The Panthers managed just 181 total yards of offense while giving up 324 yards total offensive to Kaufman.
Caddo Mills 12,
HOWE — The Caddo Mills Foxes had to overcome a cold, wet and windy night, a host of turnovers, untimely penalties and a very strong Howe Bulldog defense to pull out 12-7 district win on Friday night.
The Bulldog defense held the Fox offense to only 59 yards rushing, a season low, and put a number of big hits on the Caddo Mills runners and receivers, causing two lost fumbles and one interception that was knocked out of the receiver’s hands.
Behind the rushing of Anthony Hawthorne, who led all runners with 134 yards on 33 carries, the Bulldogs scored on the opening possession of the game. Bulldog quarterback Joaquin Lopez found Randle Nix for an 8-yard touchdown pass at the 9:19 mark of the first quarter. The PAT by Tyler Nicholson was gave Howe the lead at 7-0.
With 4:28 left in the first half, Caddo Mills finally answered with a 10-play scoring drive that was finished on a 9-yard pass from Erik Richards to Keaton Jones. The PAT failed to reach the crossbars of the goal post and the Foxes had closed to 7-6.
That was the score going into final two minutes of the game. Caddo Mills had a 13-play drive stopped on downs at the Howe 24 with 3:15 left in the fourth quarter. The Foxes made use of their final two timeouts and forced a Bulldog punt which David Chandler returned to the Howe 43.
Richards was forced out the pocket and had a big gain that was called back on a holding call. The Fox offense line gave Richards to the time to find Chandler Brown for 37 yards to the Bulldog 15.
Richards, scrambling under a heavy rush, found Jones in the right corner of the end zone for the 15-yard touchdown at the 1:17 mark of the game.
LEONARD — The Leonard Tigers put up 48 first half points and Solomon Titus rushed for 146 yards to cruise to an easy 62-14 victory over Bells on Friday night.
Leonard opened the scoring when Justin Bennett connected with Ryan Reid Nixon on a 23-yard touchdown pass. Ty McKinney kicked his first of eight extra points on the night to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead with only 2 1/2 minutes elapsed in the contest.
Titus next carried the ball 26 yards to Bells one. On the next play Titus extended the Tigers’ lead to 14-0.
John Rosenbaum intercepted a Bells pass at the Leonard 30-yard line.
On the next play Justin Bennett connected on a pass to McKinney to the 4-yard line to set up a Titus touchdown plunge.
Titus followed this three minutes later with 44-yard scoring run.
Bells scored at the beginning of the second period when Noah Strawn outran the Tigers’ defense on a 90-yard sprint.
Nixon scored from 9 and 7 yards out and Dylan Monck broke free on a 55-yard run to account for the Tigers’ three scores in the second period.
John Rosenbaum intercepted his second pass in the game to give Leonard a first down at Bells 34. Two plays later Justin Bennett found the end zone with a 24-yard run.
This brought the score to 55-7 with 8:23 remaining in the third period.
James Bowie 22
QUINLAN — Cameron Walker’s 5-yard touchdown run with 17 seconds left lifted the Boles Hornets to a 28-22 win over James Bowie at Kevin Kiper Memorial Stadium on Friday night in District 8-A football action.
Devan Harris had the game-saving interception for the Hornets, who are now 7-1 on the season.
After both teams failed to score on their opening possessions, the Hornets took over at the Pirates’ 45-yard line and scored when Devan Harris rushed in from 30 yards out and kicked the PAT to give Boles a 7-0 advantage.
James Bowie took only three plays to grab the lead when quarterback Colton May threw 67 yards to Tristan Wilbur for the score and then Jim Lawring rushed in for the two-point conversion, putting the Pirates up 8-7 with 2:04 left in the opening quarter.
Boles then marched 49 yards for a touchdown. Harris carried for 12 yards for a first down before before racing 35 yards for his second touchdown. Harris then ran in for the two-point conversion.
James Bowie answered with a nine-play drive that included runs of 8, 4 and 10 yards by Thomas Brown and Lawring rushing for 13 and 3 yards.
May found Cody Adams for a 26-yard touchdown pass that bought James Bowie within one as the two-point conversion failed.
That’s how the first half ended.
James Bowie struck on its second possession of the third quarter as Brown carried for 4, 6, 5 and 37 yards to set the Pirates up with a first down on the Hornets’ 11-yard line. May scored two plays later on a run from the eight with 39 seconds left in the third quarter. May also ran in for the two-point conversion to give James Bowie a 22-15 advantage.
Lone Oak 40,
QUITMAN — The Lone Oak Buffaloes survived a nail-biter on the road against Quitman, 40-34 on Friday night.
Lone Oak (6-1, 3-0) jumped out to a comfortable 21-7 lead heading into the second quarter, with Jake Williams running and passing for a couple of 12-yard scores for the Buffaloes.
Devin Shaw added a 21-yard touchdown run for the Buffaloes in the opening quarter of play.
Quitman fought back with a couple of scores in the second before Shaw ran 15 yards into the end zone to put Lone Oak ahead 27-20 at the half.
The two teams traded blows in the third, with Lone Oak heading into the final quarter up 34-26.
With under two minutes to play, a 4-yard touchdown run by Quitman’s Colby Peek followed by a successful two-point conversion knotted up both teams at 34.
Williams connected on a couple precise throws to get Lone Oak to the 7-yard line before Shaw punched it in to give the Buffaloes the victory.
Williams finished 18-of-25 through the air with 281 yards and two touchdowns.
Lone Oak’s Ryan Basye and Brett Loeffler came up big catching the ball. Basye finished with nine catches for 134 yards, and Loeffler recorded six grabs for 101 yards.
Shaw led Lone Oak in rushing with 15 carries for 113 yards and three touchdowns.
Wolfe City 27,
WOLFE CITY — Both Hunt County schools came in with identical overall records and it came down to the final minute of play before it was decided in Class A Division I District 8 showdown for the first place at Howard Stadium Friday night.
Eddie Amaro had chance to give the Celeste Blue Devils the lead with minute remaining in regulation, however, his kick sailed wide left into a strong north wind from 26 yards out, and Wolfe City escaped with a thrilling 27-26 win.
“I thought he (Amaro) had enough leg, he just hooked it,” said Celeste coach Demetrius Rector.
Celeste (4-4, 1-1) took over the ball with 4:57 left and marched down to 9-yard line. The Blue Devils faced a fourth and three with 1:06 remaining. After a couple timeouts called, Celeste wanted to make sure that they had the right personnel and the correct number of players on the field, according to Rector.
“I was shocked that they went for the field goal because they were getting three or four yards a pop,” said Wolfe City coach Travis Smith. “I think he (Rector) was scared of the time and because he had one timeout left.”
Wolfe City (5-3, 2-0) trailed 26-21 with under five minutes left and the Wolves ran the ball. Darrell Wooten broke loose for 16 yards, Brandon Fisk scrambled for consecutive seven yards and Justin Wilkinson darted in from 21 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
Wilkinson had a huge night with three touchdowns (two rushing and one receiving).
POTTSBORO — The Pottsboro Cardinals controlled the second half of the game and the scoring to take a 20-6 District 6-2A football win over the Commerce Tigers on Friday night.
The Cardinals began the scoring with a seven-play, 53-yard drive on the first quarter capped by a 22-yard touchdown pass from junior Hunter Mullinex to sophomore Nate Watson to make it 7-0 Pottsboro after the extra point.
Commerce answered with a 10-minute, 18-play, 75-yard drive and a 14-yard touchdown run by senior Bran Kelley. The kick after was wide left as Pottsboro still led 7-6.
The Cardinals ended the half with 20-yard touchdown strike from Mullinex to senior Kory Waller as Pottsboro went into halftime leading 13-6.
The Cardinals controlled the second half, holding Commerce to just five snaps in the third quarter and scoring the only other points of the game on an 11-play, 73-yard drive capped by Watson’s second touchdown catch on the night for 34 yards.
The Tigers fall to 1-6 overall and 0-3 in district while the Cardinals go to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in district.
Commerce faces 2-5 Howe for homecoming next week.
Royse City 17
ROYSE CITY — The Royse City Bulldogs took a step back on any chances at a playoff spot by losing to the Sherman Bearcats 41-17 at Royse City ISD Stadium on Friday night.
Sherman’s Tre Mask was the driving force behind the Bearcat offense as he began the night with a 23-yard touchdown run followed by the extra point by Austin Roan.
Roan then booted a 49-yard field goal, giving Sherman a 10-0 lead.
Royse City answered with a 31-yard field goal by Blain Hickman and the first quarter ended with Sherman leading 10-3.
Royse City again responded on a fake punt on fourth and one at the Sherman 48-yard line. Senior Alex Ramsey took the ball and raced 48 yards for a touchdown. Hickman’s point after even the score at 10 each.
Sherman marched the field and Mask scored again on a 9-yard run. A Bulldog fumble resulted in a 9-yard touchdown run by Jason Chavez and the Bearcats took a 24-10 halftime lead.
Sherman added a 22-yard field goal by Roan in the third quarter and the Bearcat offense drove the field again behind the running of Mask and Mask scored his third touchdown run on a 6-yard scamper. The kick afterward by Roan gave Sherman a commanding 34-10 lead on the final play of the third quarter.
Royse City tried getting back in the game with a 71-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter. Ramsey took the ball the final yard on a plunge to cut the lead in half with Sherman leading 34-17 at the 4:42 mark of the final stanza.