Greenville’s Lions just can’t stop the Wylie Pirates.
The Lions, who lost 50-7 at Wylie last year, fell 58-10 to the Pirates in the football rematch on Friday night at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium.
Wylie quarterback Carsen Cook went 34-of-45 passing for 331 yards and two touchdowns as Wylie stacked up 520 yards of total offense, compared to 175 for the Lions.
Wylie squared its season record at 3-3 and upped its District 13-4A ledger to 2-1. The Lions dropped to 0-6 and 0-3.
The Lions hurt themselves with four lost fumbles and a couple of misplayed kickoff returns that produced one Wylie touchdown and set the Pirates up at the Greenville 6, 16, 30 and 21-yard lines.
Wylie controlled the ball for most of the first half to build a 35-3 halftime lead. The Pirates ran off 48 plays compared to 27 for the Lions and had a 323-73 advantage in total yardage.
Cook went 22-of-30 passing in the first half for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Carsen led the Pirates on an 86-yard, 13-play drive to start the game. The junior quarterback was 8-of-10 passing for 76 yards on the drive, including a 7-yard strike to Darius Carter for the touchdown.
Greenville cut the deficit to 7-3 after Lion defensive lineman John Franklin forced a fumble returned by teammate Shaquille Anderson to the Wylie 21. The Lions got as close as the Wylie 8 following a 9-yard run by Tyler Matthews but Wylie’s defense stiffened, forcing the Lions to settle for Theodore Hughes’ 24-yard field goal with 4:03 left in the first period.
Riskey wound up as Greenville’s leading rusher with 68 yards on seven carries and was 4-of-13 passing for 53 yards.
Matthews’ string of 100-yard rushing games ended as the Greenville running back finished with 52 yards on 15 carries.
Greenville Christian School scored 44 unanswered points to pull away from Denton Calvary for an 84-42 six-man football victory on Saturday.
The two teams traded the lead eight times before GCS stepped it up with six touchdowns and four conversion kicks to claim the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools’ District 2 opener at Eagle Field. It was the Eagles’ first district win since 2010.
“The guys kept working,” said GCS coach David Wombaker. “For three quarters it was nip and tuck. They had momentum. We had momentum.”
Calvary led 7-0, 16-13, 20-16, 28-24, 36-32 and 42-40 before the Eagles pulled away with some big plays by quarterback Will Martens and running back Joe Henderson.
Martens rushed for a game-high 143 yards on 11 carries, scoring on runs of 5 and 45 yards and was 5-of-14 passing for 109 yards, with touchdowns of 41 yards to Andy Henderson, 23 yards to Michael Lutz and 27 yards to Andy Henderson.
Joe Henderson dashed for 135 yards on 14 carries, scoring on bursts of 8, 1, 1 and 78 yards.
Morgan Henry also fired up the Eagles with a 63-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and ran seven yards for score.
Wolfe City 40,
Honey Grove 20
HONEY GROVE — The Wolfe City Wolves rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to reel off 27 unanswered points and knock off the Honey Grove Warriors 40-20 in a District 8-A opener on Friday night.
“The kids came out slow,” said Wolfe City coach Travis Smith. “Just kind of pushed them a little bit, They knew their backs were against the wall.”
Wolfe City (4-3, 1-0) took the opening kickoff of the second half and it didn’t take the Wolves long to score. Quarterback Brandon Fisk dumped a short pass off to Malik Gaffney and he took care of the rest, going 62 yards to get inside the 10-yard line.
Darrell Wooten blasted up the middle seven yards into the end zone, however, two-point try was unsuccessful leaving the Wolves down, 20-19.
Honey Grove (1-5, 0-1) drove to the Wolfe City 26 before stalling out, giving the momentum to Wolfe City.
The Wolves went through the air and took advantage of an unsportsmanlike penalty for its next score. Fisk connected with Tim Lloyd for an 18-yard touchdown strike, giving the Wolves their first lead of the contest, 25-20 at the 6:33 mark of the third quarter.
CELESTE — The Celeste Blue Devils’ running back Keith Lynch ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns in the team’s 14-13 win over Boles in a District 8-A opener on Friday night.
The Hornets, who were 6-0 in pre-district play, were averaging 45 points per game but were held to just 13 points by the Blue Devils defense.
The Blue Devils received the opening kick and marched the ball 68 yards in nine plays to score on their first possession.
Running back Lynch ran the final 17 yards for a touchdown, followed by an Eddie Amaro PAT.
The Hornets went scoreless in the first half but rallied back in the third quarter on an 85-yard touchdown run by running back Cameron Walker.
Just as the third quarter ended the Hornets pulled ahead on a 25-yard Devan Harris touchdown run.
The PAT attempt sailed just outside the left goal post to bring the score to 13-7.
Caddo Mills 61 3 OTs
CADDO MILLS — The Pottsboro Cardinals met the Caddo Mills Foxes at Ed Locker Field in Caddo Mills in a big District 6-2A match on Friday night.
The game went three overtimes before the Cardinals came away with a 62-61 victory.
Pottsboro went to 6-1 (3-0) on the season and Caddo Mills fell to 2-5 (1-2).
Caddo Mills scored on each of three possessions in the first half, going 12 plays on each drive.
David Chandler, who had 101 yards on 19 carries and two TDs, got the first touchdown on a 4-yard dive up the middle of the Cardinals defense.
Quarterback Erik Richards got the score on the second possession on a 1-yard run. Richards went for 265 rushing yards on 38 carries to go with six TDs.
The third score came on a Richards to Johnathan Gillispie 15-yard pass. Richards was 12-of-14 passing for 97 yards with that one TD.
Pottsboro took advantage of short kickoffs and two touchdowns in the first half on runs of 16 yards by Zane Pritchett and one yard by Thaddeus Flinn. Flinn led the Cardinals with 150 yards rushing on 28 carries and four TDs.
CAMPBELL — Campbell hung tight with district favorite Fannindel in the Indians’ 61-42 six-man football loss at home Friday night.
Daniel Mothersell accounted for two of Campbell’s five touchdowns, with a pair of 2-yard runs for scores. Mason Mothersell also found the end zone twice, one on a 28-yard pass from Chris Wilson and another on a 3-yard toss from Jacob Camp.
The game marked the first district contest for Campbell, which were 45-point underdogs going in and fought through multiple injuries throughout the night. The Indians were down to just seven active players by game’s end.
Campbell (2-5) will have a chance to rest and get healed up in its bye week before heading to Bloomburg on Oct. 26.
Fannindel stayed undefeated at 7-0.
Royse City 10
DENISON — The Royse City Bulldogs fell 34-10 to Denison on the road Friday night to fall to 1-5 on the season.
Denison’s Denard Whitfield put up two touchdown runs of 59 and eight yards before Royse City was finally able to get on the board on a 31-yard field goal by Blaine Hickman.
The Bulldogs were without starting quarterback Jackson Watts, as junior Chance Selby and sophomore Courtlin Vance split turns in Watts’s stead.
Vance led Royse City to the Yellow Jackets’ 1-yard line before failing to convert on a fourth and one at the goal line. Denison took a 14-3 lead into halftime.
Royse City answered a 16-yard touchdown run from Scott Brown with a 44-yard scoring drive that was capped off by a quarterback sneak from Vance.
Denison scored two unanswered in the final quarter to seal the victory and the top spot in District 13-4A.
Royse City, now 1-2 in district play, will host Sherman next week.
WHITEWRIGHT — Solomon Titus rushed for 242 yards on 16 carries to lead the Leonard Tigers to a 63-24 victory on Friday night over Whitewright.
Ryan Reed Nixon scored three times and Ty McKinney once.
Whitewright opened the scoring with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Jefferson Ballard to Austin Powell.
Leonard countered when Nixon completed a 53-yard drive with 11-yard touchdown run. Ty McKinney converted his first of six extra points to tie the score at 7-7.
Whitewright continued the aerial attack when Ballard competed a 61-yard pass to Leonard 10. Unable to move the ball Joseph Taylor kicked a 25-yard field goal.
On the next series Titus ran 40 yards to the 17. Two plays later Nixon scored from seven yards out. Justin Bennett connected with McKinney for the two-point conversion.
Titus extended the Leonard lead to 22-10 on a 64-yard scoring run at the end of the first period.
Leonard next drove 53 yards with Nixon completing a 10-yard touchdown strike to McKinney.
Right before intermission Blake Henderson was on the receiving end of a 60-yard pass from Ballard. Lee Mata ran for the two-point conversion. This made the halftime score, 28-19.
FAMERSVILLE — Farmersville (4-3, 2-1) defeated Howe (2-4, 0-2) 55-13 in a District 6-2A Division 1 matchup on Friday night.
The Fightin’ Farmers piled up 444 yards of total offense, with 220 rushing yards, 224 passing yards and 13 first downs. Cole Anderson led Farmersville with 216 yards on 8-of-11 passing and five total touchdowns. The Bulldogs turned the ball over five times. Tyler Grisham led the team with 115 yards on nine carries and 1 touchdown.
Darrin Pennington contributed 67 yards on the ground and caught one pass for 53 yards. Caleb Twyford had 40 yards rushing and led the team with 96 receiving yards, scoring three touchdowns.
Zach Lea and Anthony Hawthorne led the Bulldogs rushing attack with 94 yards and 115 yards, respectively.
Farmersville jumped out to a 28-point lead midway through the second quarter before Howe got on the scoreboard with a 25-yard run from Lea. The Bulldogs only completed one pass the entire game.
EMORY — The Rains Wildcats fell to Kaufman 34-13 in the team’s District 14-3A opener on Friday night.
The game marked the first loss for the Wildcats on their new artificial turf. They were 3-0 on the new turf at Wildcat Stadium.
The first quarter was a game of field position between the two teams, with Kaufman finally able to break away with two scores in the second quarter. But Rains (3-4) scored on a keeper by Ryan Ratliff just before the half to pull the Wildcats within a score at the intermission.
Kaufman (4-3) quickly went back to work in the second half driving 64 yards for its third touchdown. C Clay Rhodes then took it 40 yards for a score to put Rains in a 27-6 hole heading into the final quarter.
Jesse Hudson scored for Rains on fourth-and-goal from the Kaufman 1-yard line, but it would prove to be their last points of the game.
Ratliff finished 9-of-12 for 96 yards through the air, and also led Rains on the ground with 56 yards on 15 carries.
Lone Oak 45,
LONE OAK — The Lone Oak Buffaloes upset the undefeated Malakoff Tigers 45-27 at Buffalo Stadium Friday night.
Jake Williams completed 12 out of 20 passes for 270 yards for Lone Oak, which is now 5-1 for the season and 2-0 in District 7-2A play.
Malakoff suffered its first loss to drop to 6-1 and 2-1.
Devin Shaw carried 27 times for 132 yards and three touchdowns for the Buffaloes, while Trent Sikes had eight carries for 59 yards and two touchdowns.
River Tolleson set up Lone Oak’s first touchdown, blocking a Malakoff punt. The Buffaloes covered the 38 yards in five plays as Sikes ran in from six yards.
The Buffaloes struck again with 11:53 left before halftime with a 19-yard pass from Williams to Ryan Bayse, giving Lone Oak a two-touchdown advantage.
Damontes Dowell answered for Malakoff with a 40-yard touchdown run with 9:29 left in the second quarter, trimming Lone Oak’s advantage to 14-7. That was the halftime score.
Dowell rushed in from 57 yards out to tie the game early in the third quarter.
But from then on it was all Lone Oak as Sikes scored on a 12-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to give Lone Oak a 20-14 lead.
Shaw’s second touchdown of the night, this time from two yards out, gave the Buffs a 12-point lead.
COMMERCE — Losing senior quarterback Sam Wells to a shoulder injury, the Commerce Tigers installed a new run-oriented offense in three days to face the Sunnyvale Raiders Friday, but were unable to pull out the win, losing 31-21.
Normally running a spread offense, junior quarterback Jaystin Wilson went under center to direct the I-formation, but it was Sunnyvale that started the scoring late in the first quarter with a field goal after an eight-play, 55-yard drive to take a 3-0 lead.
Commerce took the lead on a 46-yard scoring run from junior Tavoris Anderson to make it 7-3 Commerce after the extra point.
Sunnyvale answered with a five-play, 73 yard drive capped by a 26-yard touchdown strike from senior Ryan Cottingame to senior receiver Josh Quinn.
Commerce was then struck with shaky hands, fumbling three times and losing two in the waning minutes of the half, allowing the Raiders to notch 14 more points on turnovers with two 1-yard touchdown runs by junior back Abdul Khalaf. The score at the half was 24-7, Sunnyvale.
With the game potentially out of reach, the Commerce defense made a valiant effort to allow the Tigers to come back, with a fumble recovery by senior Bailey Weaver and an interception by senior Al Jackson. This allowed the Tiger offense to score on a 6-yard Bran Kelley run to bring the Tigers to within 10 points of Sunnyvale heading into the fourth quarter.
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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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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
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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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