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Lions fly past Wolverines for blowout win

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By Travis Jenkins

In the stands Friday, Lewisville students were wearing capes and masks for "Superhero Night." Quentin Sanders didn't dress up like a superhero, but he did play like one.

Sanders piled up 238 total yards and five touchdowns as the Lions picked up a big win over a scrappy Whitmire team 62-6.

Lewisville opened the game with a seven-play, 53-yard scoring march. Quarterback Rhett Cox hit Mikial Fourney for a 12-yard gain, he scrambled twice for 18 yards and Sanders did the rest, including capping the drive off with a five-yard scoring run straight up the gut, then ran in a try for two to give Lewisville an 8-0 lead.

The Lions then booted and recovered what looked like an onside kick (though it was actually an unintentionally muffed kick) and appeared ready to build on their lead. However, on the next play from scrimmage, Lewisville put it on the ground. Bailey Hollomon scooped it up for the Wolverines and streaked 50 yards down the sidelines for a touchdown. A two-point conversion attempt was stuffed but the Wolverines were right back in it at 8-6.

Lewisville was unable to generate any traction on its next drive and punted it away, but came up with a big defensive play. On Whitmire’s first offensive snap of the game, Lewisville forced a fumble that Corey Wright recovered at the Wolverine 31. Three plays (and one Sanders 20-yard sprint) later, Jaylen McFadden rammed it in from three yards out for a touchdown. The Lions converted a two-point try and led 16-6.

Whitmire notched a first down on a nice run on a sweep by Jaylen Brown when it got the ball back and drove near midfield only to have the drive bog down thanks to a big pair of sacks by Lewisville. The Wolverines decided to roll the dice and go for it on fourth-and-long, but Lions middle linebacker Jaylen McFadden knifed through the line and dropped Hollomon for a loss to force a turnover on downs and give his team possession at the Whitmire 39. Lewisville scored one play later, with Sanders reeling in a short pass from Rhett Cox, shirking a would-be tackler and running away from the defense for a 39-yard touchdown and a 25-6 advantage.

Late in the first, Whitmire's defense turned away another Lewisville scoring opportunity by forcing another turnover, poking the ball away from a Lions receiver at the two going in. The team then pieced together its only sustained drive of the night against the Lions starters, driving across midfield with a 12-play drive. Trey Lyles managed to get outside for a 12-yard run and Hollomon dropped a perfect screen pass into the hands of fullback Chandler Crumley, who rumbled 19 yards. The march ended with another turnover on downs, though, and the Lewisville offense stayed red hot. The Lions went 69 yards in eight plays. Mikial Fourney out-jumped a defender to snag a 35-yard pass and Sanders continued his big night, scoring on a 14-yard reception. He scored again on a 16-yard run in the closing seconds of the half to put Lewisville up 38-6.

Whitmire got the ball first to start the third, lost yardage on consecutive plays and opted to quick kick. Lewisville went 63 yards in nine plays. Cox converted a big third-and-long with a perfectly thrown 33-yard deep ball to Brayden Lee and Sanders visited the end zone again, scoring on a seven-yard rush for a score.

With Lewisville substituting freely, Whitmire did move inside the Lions 10 at one point, but McFadden intercepted a pass in the end zone. Demetric Hardin scored a second-half touchdown on a pass covering 49 yards from Cox, Ka’Mari Davis had a rushing touchdown and Fourney put an exclamation point on the victory with an 85-yard interception return with under a minute to play.

Lions Coach Will Mitchell said he’s not surprised by the start to the season by Sanders, who is averaging more than 200 yards of total offense per game.

“He’s having a great senior year, he put a lot of work in in the off-season, he’s matured some…he’s really playing well for us,” Mitchell said.

Sanders gave for his big offensive night to Cox, who he said as stepped up and played well and the offensive line, which cleared holes for him despite some injuries.

“Our O-line stepped up with a lot of people injured. They stepped up and played big,” Sanders said.

Cox threw for 249 yards and four touchdowns for Lewisville (3-1). The Lions will face Eau Claire at home this week.