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.