Lone Oak-Caddo Mills

Alex Bowman (22) wins the wrestling match against Caddo Mills’ Jeff Dudley (44) to make it into the end zone during the final quarter of Lone Oak’s runaway 51-20 win against the Foxes.

CADDO MILLS — The Caddo Mills Foxes lost three turnovers and the district title as Lone Oak picked up a 51-20 win and the 12-2A hardware on a chilly Friday night at Fox Field.

Alex Bowman rolled up 248 yards on 22 carries with alacrity in four quarters of action. Bowman's six touchdown runs counted for most of the Buffalo scoring.

Last year's district deciding game was at Lone Oak in a full throttle tilt that saw the Foxes grab the crown with a 28-25 win. The fervor in this game picked up where that game left off.

Cole Middleton opened the game for Lone Oak with an onside kick that sophomore Garret Gray smothered for the Foxes at the 48.

Axel Pelt went up the middle three plays later for a 24-yard touchdown. Cade Richardson's kick gave Caddo Mills the 7-0 lead.

The Buffaloes picked up a good field position when Dustin Lyday covered the kickoff at their own 34.

Two plays later, Bowman broke loose for a 55-yard touchdown gallop. Blaine Moore handed the ball back to Bowman for the two-point conversion and the 8-7 Lone Oak lead.

And that was the first minute and half of the game.

Caddo Mills put together a lengthy drive, moving from its own 32 to the Lone Oak five in just five plays. Then on a third-and-three play Eric Jeffery tossed a pass into the flat to Desmond Brigham, who turned toward the end zone and dropped the ball at the 1-yard line. Moore picked up the loose ball for Lone Oak and raced 93 yards on the return.

Bowman scored from two yards out two plays later. Middleton's PAT upped the Lone Oak lead to 15-7.

Caddo Mills quarterback Eric Jeffery got his offense back on track, marching his Foxes 66 yards on 11 plays and tossing a 29-yard scoring strike to Buddy Wood on third down to open the second quarter. A failed two-point conversion left the score 15-13 in favor of Lone Oak.

Lone Oak answered back in four plays with Bowman waltzing through the center of the Fox defense for a 24-yard touchdown and a 21-13 Buffalo lead.

Following an exchange of punts, Caddo Mills put the Foxes’ offense on the field at their own 22. The Buffalo defense proved to be too stout, forcing an incomplete pass on first down, followed by a tackle for a loss and then Chase Stokes picked off an Eric Jeffery pass at midfield on third down.

Lone Oak capitalized on the second turnover of the night when Moore aired out a 21-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Jones. Jones was Moore's favorite receiver hauling, in five receptions for 82 yards.

Middleton added the PAT to give Lone Oak a 28-13 lead.

Caddo Mills responded with an 11-play, 83-yard two minute drill drive that stopped when Pelt walked in for six points. Richardson brought the Foxes to within eight points with his PAT and set the halftime score at 28-20.

The Buffaloes opened the second half with eight-play drive and a 25-yard Bowman touchdown. Middleton stretched the lead to 35-20.

Caddo Mills looked like the Foxes were going to respond when Eric Jeffery hit Jeff Dudley 38 yards downfield, but Dudley lost the handle on the ball when the Buffalo defense closed in on him. Bowman scooped up the loose ball and went 25 yards the other way.

Bowman converted the turnover to a touchdown nine plays later when he followed Moore into the promised land for six points. Middleton pushed the lead to 42-20 with his kick.

The Buffalo defense pinned their ears back on Caddo Mills’ next series and forced a Fox punt on fourth and 11.

Bowman picked up his final touchdown in the game five plays later in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter for the 48-20 Lone Oak lead.

Caddo Mills moved the ball down to Lone Oak's 15 before penalties and the Buffalo defense pushed the Foxes back to the 30. Eric Jeffery dropped back to pass on fourth and 25 but the Buffalo rush rocked the junior quarterback as he released his pass. The ball fell helplessly to the turf with just 6:32 left in the game to secure the grudge match win for Lone Oak.

Lone Oak bled five minutes off the clock, moving down to the Fox 10 before Middleton tacked on a 27-yard field goal to up the score to 51-20.

While Bowman carried the bulk of the Lone Oak offense, Moore went 8-of-10 passing for 141 yards. Lone Oak ended the night with 415 yards of total offense.

Caddo Mills' Eric Jeffery was 13-of-20 for 177 yards passing and added 30 yards rushing. Freshman Nate Jeffery picked up 57 yards on six carries. Pelt, who had two touchdowns on the night, picked up just 78 yards on his 12 carries. In all, Lone Oak held the Fox offense to just 326 yards of production.

The win lifts Lone Oak to 8-1 and 4-0 in District 12-2A while Caddo Mills drops to 7-2 and holds a 3-1 district mark.