Home at last.
That’s the good news for the Greenville Lions’ football team, which has played four of its last five games on the road, including back-to-back games during the past two weeks in Wylie. The 0-7 Lions will entertain the 1-6 McKinney North Bulldogs at 7:30 at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium.
The Lions lost at Frisco Heritage (10-3) and Royse City (21-10) and then lost at home to Lucas Lovejoy (46-13) before falling to Wylie (50-7) and Wylie East (42-17) in successive games at the Wylie ISD Stadium.
Greenville put together its best half of the season last week against Wylie East, grabbing leads of 14-7 and 17-14 before East scored on a 49-yard Hail Mary pass from quarterback Garrett McCain to wide receiver Marcell Ateman with one second left before halftime. Wylie East scored three more touchdowns in the second half on a 4-yard run, a 53-yard interception return and a 30-yard pass to pull away.
Greenville limited Wylie East to 366 total yards. The Raiders had been leading 4A teams in the Metroplex with their average of 498 yards per game.
The Lions’ offense managed 243 total yards, including 161 yards rushing and 82 passing. Quarterback Marquist Davis went 5-of-10 passing for 82 yards and also rushed for 62 yards on 19 carries. Davis leads the Lions for the season with 413 yards and one touchdown on 97 carries and is 33-of-68 passing for 68 yards and two touchdowns.
Jamar Clark, who rushed for 42 yards on 12 carries last week, ranks second with 191 yards on 76 carries.
Tyler Matthew ranks second with 165 yards on 46 carries after rushing for 55 yards on 10 carries, including a 5-yard touchdown run against Wylie East.
Eric Quiroz (8-92) and Michael Hernandez (8-55) lead the Lion receivers. Neftali Vargas has six catches for 57 yards.
Chase Hamilton scored for the Lions last week on a 4-yard pass.
McKinney North has played a tough schedule so far, losing 21-17 to Newman Smith, 31-10 to Prosper, 42-21 to Frisco Centennial 45-21 to Sherman, 24-17 to Lucas Lovejoy and 35-20 last week to Wylie. The Bulldogs’ only victory was 35-21 over Royse City. Five of the Bulldogs’ losses have been to teams with winning records, including Newman Smith (4-3), Prosper (6-1), Centennial (6-1), Sherman (6-1) and Lovejoy (7-0).
McKinney North finished with 329 yards against Wylie but gave up 366 yards. North quarterback Ben Dutze was 15-of-30 passing for 178 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown pass to Evan Jones.
The Bulldogs rushed for 151 yards, collecting 69 yards on 13 carries by Justin Jones and 68 on 16 rushes by Ronald Jones.
K.J. Bualicex caught five passes for 46 yards in that game and Jones finished with 84 yards on just two receptions.
The Lions, who’ve lost their last 27 games, have two more remaining games: on Nov. 2 at Denison and at home on Nov. 9 versus Sherman.
Home at last.
Greenville Lady Lions beat Royse City in district opener
The Greenville Lady Lions are in first place in District 13-4A after a 47-42 district opening win on Tuesday over the Royse City Lady Bulldogs at the Lions Den.
Jordan Sweat fired in 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Lady Lions, while LaQuesha Williams and Britney Smith each tallied 12 points. Smith hit two big buckets in the final minute after Royse City closed to within 43-40 with 1:08 remaining. Smith also had five steals.
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Leonard downs Cooper to reach state semifinals
The Leonard Tigers continue to make school history.
The Tigers knocked off previously undefeated Cooper 28-20 in a Class 2A Division II quarterfinal game on a cold Monday at Royse City ISD Stadium to reach the state football semifinals for the first time.
Leonard, now 11-3 for the season, will face 14-0 Cisco in a semifinal game sometime on Saturday. The site and time have yet to be determined.
Caddo Mills-ex rushes for 140 yards
Nathan Jeffery closed out the football season on a big note for the Texas-El Paso Miners.
Jeffery, who is a 6-0, 200-pound junior from Caddo Mills, rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries during the Miners’ 48-17 loss in the season finale to Middle Tennessee last weekend in Murfreesboro. Jeffery scored on runs of 3 and 1 yard. His longest run went for 55 yards.
Leonard Tigers practice in Greenville
Freezing rain and bone-chilling temperatures didn’t stop the Leonard Tigers from practicing on Thursday afternoon for their Class 2A Division II state quarterfinal football playoff game.
The Tigers bused to Greenville and then worked out inside the Lions’ Roy Q. Traylor practice facility.
“We had a great workout for a short one,” said Leonard coach Shane Fletcher, whose Tigers practiced for about an hour.
The 10-3 Tigers are scheduled to play the 13-0 Cooper Bulldogs at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wylie ISD stadium. But because of inclement weather, that game could be changed to Monday, according to Fletcher.
Greenville Lions, Lady Lions win
After jumping out to a 14-0 lead with 3:30 left in the first quarter one might think the Greenville Lions might have an easy time Tuesday in the Lions Den against the Princeton Panthers.
Well, think again. The Lions had to hold on for a 60-57 victory as the Panthers missed three shots in the final 10 seconds.
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Leonard Tigers beat undefeated S&S for regional title
The Leonard Tigers made school history on Saturday with a 55-44 Class 2A Division II regional football playoff victory over S&S Consolidated.
The 10-3 Tigers avenged a 19-16 loss to S&S a couple of weeks ago and advanced to the fourth round of the playoffs for the first time, where they’ll face 13-0 Cooper at 2 p.m. Saturday in Wylie.
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