LONE OAK — The Lone Oak Buffaloes continue to search for their first District 5-3A-I football victory after falling 36-0 to the Van Alstyne Panthers on Friday night.
Quarterback troubles have plagued the Buffaloes, with four-year starter Quaid Williams still out with injury. Jacob Jackson, last week’s starter, was out Friday as well, putting senior wide receiver Chaiden Tate under center for the contest against the Panthers.
Lone Oak had issues moving the ball on offense, only twice crossing midfield.
The Panthers used three second-quarter touchdowns to blow the game open after scoring once in the first frame. Van Alstyne led 29-0 at halftime.
Van Alstyne was almost shut out in the second half, adding a single touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
The game ran quickly, taking just over two hours from kickoff to the final horn. There weren’t many plays, with Lone Oak running 41 plays and the Panthers running 36.
Van Alstyne quarterback Tymothe Rosenthal was not extremely efficient through the air, completing just 4 of 10 passes, but he totaled 98 yards and a score thanks to senior receiver Cam Montgomery, who caught three balls for 90 yards and a 63-yard touchdown reception.
Running back Jake Carroll had a big night, gaining 164 yards on the ground and three touchdowns on just nine carries. Carroll scored a fourth touchdown when he intercepted a pass and ran it back 25 yards for a score in the second quarter.
The Panthers outgained the Buffaloes in total yardage 304-100.
Lone Oak’s signal caller Tate was 5-of-9 for 43 yards.
Jack Kizer led the team with 38 rushing yards on 15 carries. Freshman Mariano Rincon gained 10 yards on 13 total touches.
The loss brings the Buffaloes to 1-5 on the season and 0-2 in district play, while Van Alstyne improved to 3-4 and 2-1.
Lone Oak will travel to face Howe next Friday as the Panthers return home to square off against Commerce.