By DAVID CLAYBOURN
They’ve played three of their first five games on the road.
The football schedule shifts back to the home side for the Greenville Lions for their next two games against Wylie and Wylie East.
“It’s good to be at home,” said Lions coach Marvin Sedberry.
Greenville lost 48-7 at Lucas Lovejoy on Friday night. They’ve also fallen 48-0 at The Colony and 34-22 at Princeton. The 0-5 Lions have lost their home games by margins of 56-49 in double overtime to Frisco Heritage and 30-14 to Royse City.
Last year an 0-5 Wylie Pirate team surprised the Lions with its prowess in a 50-7 victory at Wylie. Wylie outgained the Lions 368-193 in total yardage, cashing in on six Greenville turnovers.
“We hope we’ll play a little better this time around,” said Sedberry.
Wylie will carry a 2-3 season record and 1-1 District 13-4A ledger into this rematch after falling 35-28 to crosstown rival Wylie East on Friday night. Wylie managed 351 total yards in that game but gave up 524.
Sedberry said the Pirates are “very talented.”
“Pretty much a typical Wylie football team,” he said. “Well-coached. Good athletes. One excellent offensive lineman. They have two very good quarterbacks.”
Senior quarterback Kameron Kelly is 38-of-68 passing for 563 yards, four touchdowns and one interception and has rushed for a team-high 422 yards and six scores on 54 carries. Kelly’s longest run this season is a 75-yarder.
Junior quarterback Carsen Cook is 38-of-73 passing for 434 yards, four TDs and two picks. Cook is not the running threat that Kelly is with 22 yards rushing on 16 carries but has run for two TDs.
Kelly has also played wide receiver, catching 16 passes for 161 yards and three TDs.
Alex Wesley is Wylie’s leading receiver with 29 catches for 315 yards and one score.
The Lions, who gave up five turnovers in their loss to Royse City, cut the turnovers down to one lost fumble against Lovejoy. Greenville trailed Lovejoy only 14-7 through most of the second quarter but surrendered three touchdowns in a three-minute span, including a 38-yard touchdown pass, a 13-yard touchdown pass and a 20-yard touchdown run that followed a lost fumble on Greenville’s first offensive play of the second half.
“I still think offensively they played pretty good,” Sedberry said of the Lions. “Sometimes we’re our own worst enemy.”
Greenville finished with 209 yards of total offense, despite losing 44 yards on two errant snaps from center. Running back Tyler Matthews cracked the 100-yard rushing mark for the third straight game with 129 yards on 20 carries. Matthews also ran for 104 yards on 19 carries versus Royse City and 148 on 22 runs against Frisco Heritage. The senior leads the Lions for the season with 482 yards on 85 carries, an average of 5.7 yards per carry and 96.4 yards per game.
“Any time you get a back over 100 yards that tells you that you’re moving the football,” said Sedberry.
The District 13-4A race is really tight with six teams tied for second with 1-1 records. Denison is alone in first place at 2-0. Tied with Wylie at 1-1 are McKinney North, Royse City, Lovejoy, Wylie East and Sherman. Greenville trails the field at 0-2.
Sedberry said he expects for the Pirates to play hard “because everybody (in the district) should still have a reason to play.”
Next week the Lions will entertain Wylie East, another team that will be fighting for a playoff spot.