LEONARD — The Leonard Tigers fought a valiant battle against the Tigers of Gunter, leading 14-13 at the half, but finally fell by a score of 28-17 in a showdown for the District 7-2A lead on Friday night.
Cade Cruce scored the first two touchdowns, giving Gunter a 13-0 lead in the first period.
Leonard responded when Blake Hicks connected with Dylan Monck on a 50-yard scoring pass. Hicks had 50-yard run called back due to a penalty.
Leonard next put together a 47-yard drive capped by Monck’s 5-yard touchdown run. Ty McKinney kicked his second extra point of the night to give Leonard a 14-13 lead.
McKinney’s 43-yard punt nailed Gunter at its 14-yard line. Gunter then had an 86-yard touchdown drive ending with a 1-yard J. Bailey run. The two points were good, giving Gunter a 21-14 lead at the end of third period.
Leonard’s Hicks broke free on a 47-yard run to the Gunter 11-yard line. Leonard couldn’t move the ball, but scored anyway when McKinney kicked a 34-yard field goal. This brought the score to 21-17 with 9:17 left in the contest.
Gunter finalized the scoring with a Cruce 3-yard run.
Hicks finished the night with 116 yards on 15 carries and threw for 116. Bradley Dills had four receptions for 42 yards, Monck had one for 50 and Austin Kitchens had two for 21.
Wolfe City 17,
James Bowie 14
WOLFE CITY — Darrell Wooten rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries as the Wolfe City Wolves won 17-14 over the James Bowie Pirates at Don Howard Stadium Friday night in high school football action.
Hannah Cherney and Cheyanne Lake were named football sweethearts and Ryan Raney was named Mr. Football in pre-game ceremonies.
After a scoreless first quarter, Wolfe City struck with 10:23 left before halftime as Brandon Fisk completed a 11-yard touchdown pass to Malik Gaffney. Justin Wilkinson kicked the extra point and the Wolves had a 7-0 lead.
Fisk completed five of 13 passes for Wolfe City and threw for a touchdown.