Greenville put two rushers over the 100-yard mark for the first time this season to close out the 2006 football season with a 48-7 victory over Rockwall-Heath on Friday night.

Running back Eric Johnson rushed for 144 yards on 17 carries, while quarterback Casey Ludford ran for 122 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries. Ludford’s scoring runs covered 23, 5 and 21 yards.

The senior quarterback was also 4-of-8 passing for 57 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown pass to Martin Almanza.

Rockwall-Heath, a first-year varsity program that has no seniors, finished with 100 yards against the Lion defense, including a 9-yard touchdown run by Matt Bielski with 8:15 remaining. Jason Harris booted the extra point.

Greenville wound up 3-7 for the season, including a 3-4 record in District 10-4A.

Rockwall-Heath finished at 2-8 and 0-7.

“Wins do wonders for things,” said Lions coach Jeff Cordell.

He said it was a good way to end things for the seniors, for the team and for the coaching staff.

“They battled week in and week out and never laid down,” said Cordell. “That says a lot about the character of this football team. I’m proud of them.”

Greenville needed to drive only 39 yards for its first touchdown after Harris' punt into a heady wind didn’t travel very far and then bounced backwards for a net zero yards before getting downed by a Hawk.

Johnson dashed 17 yards for a first down before Ludford capped off the drive with a 23-yard touchdown run. Ludford was hemmed in at the 6-yard line but cut back to the inside before crossing the goal line. Ryan Rumph booted the extra point.

Rockwall-Heath got as close as the Greenville 40 with its second possession following a 22-yard run by Justin Himmelreich but the Lion defense turned the Hawks back short of a first down on Himmelreich's carry on fourth and seven.

The Hawks couldn't convert another opportunity after Ludford and a wide receiver missed connections on a reverse. Preston Striegel of Rockwall-Heath recovered the fumble at the Lion 41. The Hawks reached the 29 but no farther as the Lions forced an incompletion on fourth and nine.

Linebacker Martin Almanza set up the Lions' next touchdown with his interception. Almanza scored on the play but his touchdown was called back because of holding, bringing the ball back to the Hawks' 25. Greenville scored three plays later on Ludford's 5-yard touchdown run that followed a nice play fake. Greenville finished with 13 penalties for 116 yards.

Johnson’s 44-yard run set up the Lions’ third touchdown: Ludford’s 21-yard touchdown scamper. It was the 12th touchdown run of the season for the Lion senior.

Greenville went into halftime leading 28-0 after Kevin Heath capped a 72-yard, nine-play drive with an 18-yard touchdown run on a reverse. Rumph booted his fourth straight extra point of the game.

The Lions scored two touchdowns in a span of 10 seconds in the third period. First, Ludford connected with Almanza on an 18-yard touchdown strike to finish off a 78-yard, seven-play drive and then Jamaine Hamilton returned a Hawk fumble 23 yards for a touchdown following an errant screen pass.

Greenville drove 40 yards for its final touchdown with 10:40 left on a 27-yard run by Oscar Lloyd, who finished with 60 yards on seven carries. Rumph booted his sixth extra point of the game. The Lions finished with 400 total yards, including 343 rushing.



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