By THOMAS COOK
On Friday Oct. 13, the Lewisville High School football team was shutout by Carroll High School 51-0. The last time the Farmers allowed more than 50 points in a game, without getting on the scoreboard, was in the final game of the 2009 football season, when the Carroll Dragons defeated Lewisville 52-0.
The Farmers struggled on all on sides of the ball Friday and were steam rolled from the opening snap. Lewisville gained only 112 yards of total offense in the game, compared to 434 yards of offense for the Dragons.
On the first Dragons possession of the game the Farmers almost intercepted a pass from quarterback Will Bowers that was intended for wide receiver Daryl Crocket. A diving Farmers corner almost came up with the ball, but instead tipped the pass up to Crocket, who sprinted down the sideline for a Carroll touchdown.
“It’s a catch-22. If he makes a play it’s a great job,” Farmers head coach Michael Odle said. “If he does what he did, you’re like ‘you have to secure the tackle.’ That’s a tough bang-bang [play] and it’s a game of inches, and if you’re not disciplined you’re going to get exposed.”
Following the Crocket touchdown, the Farmers offense looked like it might finally show up in district play. Farmers’ running back Treshaun McDaniel picked up 36 yards on four carries in the drive before the Farmers were forced to punt from the Dragons 38-yard line. The Farmers weren’t able to get the ball across midfield for the remainder of the game. McDaniels ended the game with 14 carries for 68 yards rushing.
Through three district games Lewisville has been shutout twice and scored eight points in the third game.
The next four dragons possessions resulted in three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown for Bowers, who ended the game completing 12 of 14 pass attempts for 187 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. Bowers also contributed to the Dragons 221 rushing yards, carrying the ball five times for 53 yards and two touchdowns.
During Carroll’s scoring barrage, the Farmers picked up just one first down. The Dragons, who did a good job wrapping up the elusive McDaniels and the others Farmers skill players, stymied the Farmers passing and rushing attack all night.
“Defensively they’re technical,” wide receiver Brandon Rolfe said. “They’re probably the most technical team I’ve ever played, and if you slip up they’re going to capitalize.”
The Dragons offense began to slow down in the second-half after Bowers was pulled in the third quarter, following his second touchdown run, but the damage was already done with the Farmers trailing 41-0. A punt return touchdown by RJ Mickens, who caught one of Bowers’ touchdowns, and a late 50-yard field goal by Neal Koskay brought the score to 51-0.
The Lewisville defense struggled to stop the run and the pass all night, but the Farmers secondary looked especially worrisome. Most of Bowers’ completions were to wide open receivers, and when the farmers were in good coverage Bowers was able to easy pick up yards scrambling.
“We weren’t really communicating,” defensive lineman Kadren Johnson said. “Nobody was talking, nobody was really joining in with [communicating].”
Lewisville was without starting quarterback Tyler Urban, who was injured in the Oct. 6 game against Marcus, and continued to rely on converted running back Demodrick Hunter. Hunter completed 8 of 15 pass attempts for 28 yards. Hunter also carried the ball eight times resulting in five lost yards for the Farmers.
The loss drops the Farmers to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in district 5-6A. The Farmers are currently tied for last place in the district with the L.D. Bell Blue Raiders. Lewisville’s next game will be Friday Oct. 20 at home against the Byron Nelson Bobcats (1-5, 1-2 in district). kickoff for the Byron Nelson game will be at 7:30 p.m.
2017 District 5-6A Standings
Team, Overall, District
Trinity, 4-2, 3-0
Hebron, 5-1, 3-0
Marcus, 4-2, 2-1
Carroll, 3-1, 1-0
Byron Nelson, 1-4, 1-2
Flower Mound, 2-4, 1-2
Lewisville, 1-5, 0-3
L.D. Bell, 1-5, 0-3