By THOMAS COOK
The Lewisville High School football team was dominated on both sides of the ball Friday, and was beaten by Trinity High School 42-0. The Trojans ran the ball all over the Farmers and were able to rack up over 300 yards rushing.
Trinity’s dominant run game was on display from the start. After receiving the opening kickoff, the Trojans ran the ball nine straight times, including a one-yard touchdown run by Brandon Theus.
Following a three and out by the Farmers on their first drive, Theus and the Trojans offense continued to run the ball. Theus recorded his second rushing touchdown with over four minutes still remaining in the first quarter.
On Trinity’s first two drives of the game Theus recorded over 80 yards rushing and had two rushing touchdowns. He would ultimately run for 180 yards on just 16 carries.
The performance against the run was somewhat surprising for the Farmers, who had looked decent against the run early on in the season. Through three games the Farmers had allowed less than 4.8 yards per rush defensively, but the Trojans were able to average 6.7 yard per carry in Friday’s game, despite rarely threatening to pass on the Farmers. Trinity attempted just six passes all night, compared to 47 rushing attempts.
“We just didn’t get lined up right,” Linebacker Emmanuel Adebayo said. “We just lined up wrong. Like I said we made multiple mistakes. It’s stuff that really shouldn’t have happened”
The Farmers continued to struggle defensively against the Trojans throughout the first half allowing two more touchdowns in the final three Trinity drives in the first half. At halftime the Trojans had scored touchdowns on four of their five drives to begin the game.
An early third quarter touchdown run by Trinity’s Simeon Ellsworth brought the score to 35-0 and it was clear Lewisville wasn’t going to be completing a second half comeback.
Even if the defense had been able to slow down the Trojans run game after the early drive struggles, the offense was never able to move the ball on the Trojans. Lewisville picked up just four firsts down all game, compared to 18 first downs for the Trojans.
All areas of the offense struggled. The line didn’t open up holes for the running backs, quarterback Tyler Urban struggle with accuracy all night and when he was accurate, receivers dropped catchable balls. Urban finished the game completing just four of his 14 pass attempts for two yards with zero touchdowns and one interception,
“It was just execution. We weren’t executing anything at all,” Urban said. “That’s the same exact thing we saw on film from last [game]. I mean nothing we could say about it, just our execution.”
The lone bright spot for the offense was running back Treshaun McDaniel. McDaniel, who entered the game with just one carry on the season, ran the ball 11 times for 50 yards. McDaniel showed impressive vision, burst and elusiveness, and was responsible for more than half of the 89 yards of total offense the Farmers had.
“We’re trying to give guys a shot to do some things and you know [McDaniel] has a little bit of juice in his legs, we’re just seeing what he’s got.” Coach Michael Odle said.
The loss to Trinity puts the Farmers at 1-3 overall, 0-1 in district 5-6A and still searching for their first win since defeating Rowlett High School week one.
Hopefully the Farmers can put this game out of their memory as they prepare for the 2017 edition of The Battle of the Axe game against rival Marcus High School Friday Oct. 8 at Marcus.
“It’s going to be a fun game,” Adebayo said. “We’re gonna keep that axe, that’s all I have to say.”
The 2016 Battle of the Axe game was a memorable game for Farmers fans due to Lewisville defeating Marcus for the first time in nearly a decade to retake the Axe. The Farmers 41-14 win was their lone win in district play last year.
2017 District 5-6A Standings
Team, Overall, District
Flower Mound Marcus, 3-1, 1-0
Hebron, 3-1, 1-0
Southlake Carroll, 3-1, 1-0
Euless Trinity, 2-2, 1-0
Flower Mound, 1-3, 0-1
Hurst L.D. Bell, 1-3, 0-1
Lewisville, 1-3, 0-1
Trophy Club Byron Nelson, 0-4, 0-1