Before the Greenville Lions’ football game on Friday night at Kaufman, Lions coach Darren Duke said his team needed a win to climb back into the district race.
That’s exactly what the Lions did with their 24-7 victory over Kaufman. They’re currently sitting in fourth place in the District 8-5A-II standings and four of the nine teams in the district will advance to the playoffs.
The Lions opened district play with a 20-7 loss to defending district champion Corsicana. They were off for a bye and took two weeks to prepare for Kaufman. Their preparation showed in the first half as they built a 24-0 lead by halftime. The Lions didn’t score in the second half but allowed only one touchdown in the second half to go 1-1 in district play.
The Lions limited Kaufman to only 270 yards of total offense. Meanwhile, they rushed for 207 yards. Dartaveon Wilkerson got the Lions off and running with a 56-yard run to the Kaufman 5 on the Lions’ second play from scrimmage. The Lions scored on that possession and three of their next four to build the 24-0 halftime lead.
Ennis and Corsicana are tied for the district lead at 3-0. Ennis blanked Terrell 37-0 on Friday night while Corsicana outscored North Forney 27-24.
Royse City ranks a half-game behind Ennis and Corsicana at 2-0 since the Bulldogs have had a bye week and the two frontrunners haven’t. Royse City is the only team in the district that is still undefeated for the season. The Bulldogs are 4-0 overall after whipping Forney 34-7 on Friday. Ennis and Corsicana are both 4-1 with non-district losses.
Royse City quarterback Tyson Oliver threw for one touchdown and ran for another in the Bulldogs’ win last week, while running back AhmanPetty-Dozier ran for touchdowns of 23 and 4 yards.
North Forney, Forney and Terrell all tied for fifth place, trailing the Lions by a half-game at 1-2.
Sulphur Springs and Kaufman, which are both winless for the season, trail the district field at 0-2 and 0-3.
Greenville will resume district play on Friday at home against North Forney, which is coached by Randy Jackson. Jackson and Lions coach Darren Duke are longtime friends from Tenaha in East Texas. North Forney beat the Lions 49-21 last year in Forney, scoring 27 unanswered points after the Lions took a 7-0 lead.
Royse City will take on Ennis in a key 8-5A-II game in Ennis. Royse City has won its last eight games and is allowing only 9.2 points per game, while Ennis is allowing 16.4.
Corsicana, the other front runner, will take on the 1-4 Terrell Tigers, who are coached by Marvin Sedberry, Jr., the son of the former Lions head coach Marvin Sedberry, Sr., who is helping his son as the boys athletic coordinator at Furlough Middle School in Terrell.
he other district game pits Sulphur Springs at Forney.
2019 Football Standings
District Overall PF PA
Ennis 3-0 4-1 174 82
Corsicana 3-0 4-1 148 106
Royse City 2-0 4-0 135 37
Greenville 1-1 2-2 113 77
North Forney 1-2 3-2 196 101
Forney 1-2 2-3 75 159
Terrell 1-2 1-4 50 141
Sulphur Springs 0-2 0-4 66 138
Kaufman 0-3 0-5 38 206
Last week’s results
Greenville 24, Kaufman 7
Royse City 34, Forney 7
Ennis 37, Terrell 0
Corsicana 27, North Forney 24
(All games start at 7:30 p.m.)
North Forney at Greenville
Royse City at Ennis
Terrell at Corsicana
Sulphur Springs at Forney