Lucas Lovejoy 46,
Nicholaas La Sane rushed for 173 yards and four touchdowns as Lucas Lovejoy spoiled Greenville’s homecoming, handing the Lions a 46-13 football loss on Friday night.
La Sane scored on bursts of 1, 1, 28 and 3 yards as the Leopards stayed undefeated for the season at 5-0 and undefeated in District 13-4A with a 2-0 mark.
The Lions remained winless at 0-5 and 0-2 following their 25th straight loss.
Sophomore running back Tavoris Anderson gave the Lions a lift in his first varsity appearance, rushing for 76 yards on 10 carries, scoring both the Lions’ touchdowns on runs of 12 and 40 yards.
Greenville’s quarterback Marquist Davis ran for 100 yards on 19 carries and was 2-of-7 passing for 16 yards. Matt Riskey, in a back-up role, was 1-of-6 passing for six yards.
Tyler Matthews wound up with 46 yards on nine carries for the Lions.
Van Alstyne 14
COMMERCE — The Commerce Tigers only managed eight yards through the air in the first half as the Van Alstyne Panthers held strong defensively.
But the Tigers proved to be too much for the winless Panthers, scoring 35 second-half points en route to a 35-14 victory.
The Tigers were unable to move the ball effectively with their first two drives, recording only two passing yards in the first quarter.
Van Alstyne pounded the ball down the field following a Tiger punt, but a huge sack by junior defensive lineman Demetric Jennings stalled the drive. Senior defensive lineman Cortez Crosby had a similar sack on the Panthers’ subsequent possession, forcing a second Van Alstyne punt as the first quarter expired.
The Tigers’ defense recorded the first takeaway of the game midway through the second quarter when it recovered a fumble on the Panthers’ 43-yard line, but Van Alstyne forced a three-and-out.
The Panthers scored the only points of the first half on their next possession, moving the ball on the ground with the help of a facemask penalty against Commerce. Senior running back Alex Cole bulled his way in from the one to put Van Alstyne up 6-0. The Panthers couldn’t convert the two-point attempt.
A combination of penalties and incompletions kept the Tigers out of the end zone, and an interception by junior quarterback Sam Wells ended any hopes of Commerce scoring in the first half.
Senior wide receiver/defensive back Buck Wilson started the second half well for the Tigers, intercepting Panthers quarterback Rob Santee on the first play. After two strong runs by senior Kalyn Smith and sophomore Robert Jackson, Wells connected with senior wide receiver Daryian Hubbard for a 44-yard touchdown strike to give the Tigers their first lead of the game, 7-6.
Wells finished with 161 yards, two TDs and one interception. Jackson rumbled for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Crosby recorded three tackles for loss.
The Tigers, now 3-2 for the season and 1-0 in District 6-2A play, travel to Sunnyvale next week. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.