FROM STAFF REPORTS
ROYSE CITY —
A defensive stop on fourth and one helped the Royse City Bulldogs claim a 21-10 victory over the Greenville Lions in a District 13-4A football opener on Friday night.
Leading only 14-10 with 2:44 remaining, the Bulldogs stopped Greenville running back Chance Hamilton about a foot and a half short of the first down on a carry from the Bulldog 44.
Royse City then added an insurance touchdown with 1:20 left after the Lions were flagged three times for unsportsmanlike conduct. Samuell Rushing’s 8-yard touchdown run sealed the Bulldogs’ first victory of the season against three losses. The Lions dropped to 0-4 for the season with their 24th straight loss.
Royse City took the lead for good by driving 70 yards in eight plays, capped by Michael Webb’s 12-yard run on an inside reverse with 5:29 remaining.
Royse City wound up with a narrow 252-247 advantage in total yards as Bulldog quarterback Jackson Watts went 4-of-7 passing for 35 yards and ran for 24 yards on 10 carries. Webb caught all four passes and rushed for 44 yards on six carries.
Marquist Davis went 13-of-19 passing for 87 yards for Greenville and led the Lions with 69 yards rushing on 13 carries. Jamar Clark added 46 yards on 14 carries and Tyler Matthews ran for 42 yards on six rushes.
Greenville Christian School celebrated homecoming with a 48-0 six-man football blanking of the Campbell Indians on Saturday.
GCS rolled up 246 yards of total offense in barely more than a half of action and did not give up a first down on defense as they earned their first win in 2012 and snapped a 13-game losing streak.
GCS quarterback Will Martens completed all three of his passes for 61 yards and three touchdowns. His scoring throws covered five yards to Tristan Wooten, seven yards to Luke Johnson and 49 yards to David Chandler. Martens also returned a punt 34 yards for a touchdown.
Chandler rushed for 64 yards on five carries, scoring on a pair of 10-yard runs.
Andy Henderson, who was celebrating a birthday, scored on a 42-yard run on the first play from scrimmage in the second half to end the game early via the 45-point mercy rule. Henderson finished with 49 yards on just three carries.
GCS also recorded a safety on defense when Michael Lutz tackled a Campbell ball carrier in the end zone.
Greenville Phoenix 66,
Arlington Newman 19
A steady rain didn’t slow down the Greenville Phoenix Firebirds as they captured a 66-19 six-man football victory over Arlington Newman International on Saturday at Eagle Field.
The rain affected the Firebirds’ play calling.
The Firebirds scored most of their touchdowns on runs though they also returned an interception and a fumble for six-pointers.
Phoenix improved to 3-2 for the season while Newman International dropped to 1-4.
Josh Champion scored on runs of 39 and 60 yards for Phoenix, which also collected touchdown runs of 11 yards from Marcus Thomas, 45 yards from Antwan Blakely, 2 yards from Davaughn Simmons, 4 yards from Charlie Sanchez and 56 yards from Tyler Killian.
Sanchez also returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown and Thomas returned a fumble for a score.
Cody Hopkins converted three kicks.
Matthew Hankey led the Firebird defense with eight quarterback sacks and Sanchez had two sacks.
Phoenix plays again Friday at Savoy.
DETROIT — Detroit knocked Boles out of the unbeaten ranks, handing the Hornets a 25-14 loss on Friday.
Boles fell to 3-1 while Detroit stayed undefeated at 5-0.
Boles, which had been averaging 431.7 yards rushing per game, finished with 322 on the ground.
Quarterback Hunter Jordan led the Hornets on the ground with 137 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries. Jordan was also 2-of-4 passing for 28 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Samples.
Ross Bostick ran for 69 yards on 12 carries, Devan Harris picked up 45 yards on eight rushes, Cameron Walker ran for 35 yards on six carries and Avery Christensen rushed for 31 yards on three carries.
David Hernandez led the Boles defenders with 10 tackles. Jordan had seven stops. Bostick, Harris, Walker and Tommy Allen all had six tackles.
The Hornets will be back in action at home on Friday night against Cumby, which blanked Trenton 42-0 on Friday .
Blue Ridge 0
CELESTE — Celeste’s Blue Devils improved their season football record to 3-2 with a 37-0 victory over the Blue Ridge Tigers on Friday night.
Zack Brumfield led the Blue Devils, rushing for 177 yards on 19 carries, including touchdown runs of 14 and 38 yards.
Quarterback Braden Morrow was 6-of-13 passing for 92 yards and one touchdown and also ran for a 1-yard touchdown. Morrow’s touchdown throw went for 19 yards to receiver Austin Shatto. Morrow also threw to Bryce Kieffer for a two-point conversion and ran in for a two-pointer. Kieffer wound up with two catches for 25 yards.
Tim Herman ran 14 times for 87 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown run.
Blake Garcia was 3-of-3 on conversion kicks for Celeste.
Celeste outgained Blue Ridge, 372-98 in total yardage as the Tigers finished with only 18 yards rushing.
Blue Ridge dropped to 1-4.
North Lamar 37,
Quinlan Ford 33
PARIS — The North Lamar Panthers scored on 18-yard touchdown pass from Austin Anthony to Chance Kelley with 42 seconds left in the football game to edge the Quinlan Ford Panthers 37-33 at R.L. Maddox Stadium Friday.
North Lamar raised its season record to 2-3, while Ford dropped to 3-2.
James Silkey rushed for 162 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries to lead Ford, which finished with 381 yards rushing.
T.J. Williams and Selena Johnson were crowned homecoming king and queen during pre-game festivities.
Kelley also rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries for North Lamar. Kelley’s 18-yard touchdown run gave North Lamar a 7-0 lead with 5:27 left in the first quarter.
Caddo Mills 31,
Van Alstyne 21
VAN ALSTYNE — The Caddo Mills Foxes opened up District 6-2A Division I play with a 31-21 victory over the Van Alstyne Panthers Friday night.
Caddo Mills improved to 1-4 for the season while Van Alstyne dropped to 0-5.
Van Alstyne took the opening kickoff and drove 61 yards in eight plays for the first score. The final 18 yards came on a Rob Santee pass to a wide open Kearon Redmon. Collin Fagan added the PAT to give the Panthers a 7-0 lead.
Daxx Hill rushed for 92 yards on 16 carries with one touchdown for the Foxes and Damian Newby ran for 111 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown.
On the defensive side of the ball, Cody Munson had 10 tackles for the Foxes and Cody Nitson added a couple of big sacks.
EMORY — Markell Spigner’s two rushing touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters, and an interception which prevented a Harmony touchdown were not enough to give the Rains Wildcats a homecoming win Friday night as they lost 28-12 to Harmony.
Harmony’s quarterback Alan Peralta and receiver Lucas Askew paired up twice for touchdown passes.
For Rains quarterback Kelby Gowin was 2-of-4 for 53 yards.
Spigner had two catches for 53 yards total.
Jesse Hudson rushed 11 times for 68 yards.
Before the game, Rains senior Amber Grell was crowned homecoming queen.
Wolfe City 19
WOLFE CITY — Blake Hicks led the Leonard Tigers to a convincing 42-19 victory over Wolfe City while rushing for 244 yards on 17 carries.
Leonard opened the scoring when Solomon Titus broke free for a 40-yard touchdown run. The point after attempt failed.
The Tigers next scored when Hicks connected with Tyler Turner on 13-yard pass. Ty McKinney converted the point-after to give Leonard a 13-0 lead.
Leonard scored on a 4-yard run by Hicks, with McKinney making the point-after.
Wolfe City answered when Brandon Fisk threw a 42-yard strike to Malik Gaffney. Justin Wilkinson, who had a big night with 160 yards on 14 carries, kicked the point-after.
Dylan Monk scored on a 40-yard dash. Gio Soto made the extra-point.