By THOMAS COOK
The Lewisville high school football team was defeated by the Byron Nelson Bobcats 24-14 on Friday Oct. 20. The Farmers run defense, which had been one of the lone bright spots for the struggling Farmers, allowed 340 yards on 43 carries and three touchdowns in the game.
A 16 mph wind, blowing from south to north, caused issues for both teams throughout the night. After going three-and-out on their first possession, Farmers’ punter Noah Potthast’s first punt of the game, going against the wind, went just 11 yards, giving the Bobcats excellent field position at the Farmers 36-yard line. Nine plays later Byron Nelson running back Jordan Joiner scored on a four-yard run. Joiner finished the game with 19 carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
The Farmers were able to respond on their next possession, when quarterback Tyler Urban found wide receiver Daylen Clark down the sideline for a 20-yard touchdown. Urban, who had missed the last two games with an ankle injury, went 3 for 4 for 54 yards and a touchdown on the drive. Urban finished the game 11 of 19 for 135 yards and two touchdowns. He also picked up 22 yards rushing on 8 carries.
“[Tyler] is a fighter and a battler and I’m proud of him,” Farmers head coach Michael Odle said. “He got nicked up, but he fought to get back in there to give us a shot.”
Byron Nelson was marching to start the second quarter, and was on the verge of taking the lead. Facing a fourth-and-goal at the Farmers six-yard line, Byron Nelson quarterback Nick Santini was intercepted by corner back Corey Miller to keep the score tied. Santini was able to complete just 7 of his 17 pass attempts for 48 yards and no touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions.
The Bobcats were able to finally break the tie, with three minutes remaining in the half, when running back Dylan Bell found the end zone on a two-yard run. Bell finished the game with 166 yards on 16 carries. The touchdown drive for Byron Nelson took eight plays and covered 97 yards. The key play of the drive was a 13-yard pass play from Santini to wide receiver Tyrick Bell on third-and-12 from the Bobcats 1-yard line.
“If we get them to punt right there, maybe the score is the opposite,” Odle said.
In the third quarter, Byron Nelson had a chance extend the lead to double digits when kicker Nathan Miller attempted a 30-yard field goal against the wind. Miller pushed the kick wide right and the Farmers were able to stay within a touchdown of the Bobcats.
On the following Farmers possession running back Demodrick Hunter, who was lined up at quarterback, fumbled the snap and the Bobcats recovered the ball. The Bobcats were able to turn the only Farmers’ turnover of the night into a 27-yard made field goal by Miller to push the lead to 10 points.
After a quick three-and-out by the Farmers Byron Nelson got the ball back and was able to score a touchdown to go up 24-7 on the Farmers.
“I’m proud of our kids. We came out and it could have snowballed on us again,” Odle said. “Going three-and-out and them sticking one in on us like that, and the wind in our face. For us to come back and put one on the board and fight, you know I’m proud of them.”
After getting the ball back late in the game down 17, Lewisville was able to salvage a moral victory, when Urban found Brandon Rolfe in the back of the end zone with no time left on the clock to make the final score 24-14.
The Farmers offensive struggles continued on Friday, when the Bobcats out gained them 388 yards to 264 yards. The Farmers have consistently won the turnover battle this season, but the offense hasn’t capitalize on big plays from the defense.
“We have to do better executing,” Clark said. “Getting on our blocks, catching the ball and running our routes precisely.”
The Farmers will travel to Bedford on Friday Oct. 27 to take on the L.D. Bell Blue Raiders. Lewisville and L.D. Bell are the only two teams in district 5-6A still winless in district play.